This morning brought an interesting twist to it. I was reading a section from a book and thought it would be great for a blog. The book reported that Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth who passed away in 2007, gave some thought to what would go on her tombstone. On day she was driving when she came upon a lot or road construction, complete with bumps in the road, warning signs, and detours. At the end of it she saw a sign that read, “End of construction. Thank you for your patience.” That’s what she had engraved on her tombstone!
I sat here thinking, what a great way to look at life. She did not see herself as a great person – although she was – she saw herself as a normal human person being shaped by God on a daily basis, needing the grace an understanding of her family and friends as she grew. We are all under construction, and life is full of bumps and detours. One day construction will end, and God’s work in us will be completed. And how thankful we should all be for those around us who love us and are patient with us as we work out life.
Moments after reading that, I was notified that Billy Graham passed away this morning at 99 years of age. Now I wonder what will be on his tombstone?
Thank you for your patience,
It seems like Christmas was just yesterday, and we are barely into the New Year, but do you know Easter is only six weeks away? Actually yesterday marked the beginning of the Easter season for millions of Christians around the world. Some of you may know it as Ash Wednesday, which marks a six week period known as Lent.
By the way, this year Easter Sunday is April 1st.
During this season of Lent, many Christians fast. Some will fast from food completely, others from specific foods like chocolate, or meat, or even bread. Others will fast from wine, or soda. The point of any fast, for spiritual reasons, is an aid to focus on the Lord. A fast during Lent is to focus on Easter, clearly ground zero of our faith.
I believe Lent is a good tool to raise our awareness of the greatness of Easter, and to not let Easter, and Passion week that precedes it, sneak up on us as it often does. I believe Lent helps us really prepare our hearts for what is to come.
I hope I’ve given you something to think about. Even though Lent has started, it’s not too late to begin your own fast. Think of something you like, a food, or Facebook. Maybe turn the TV off at 7pm for the evening and read your Bible. Something that will make you be more aware of the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus!
Love to all,
By far the question I get asked the most is, ”What makes Crestwood different than other churches? ”That is a great question and one I love to answer. What makes Crestwood not just different, but unique, is that we are an all-volunteer church. The money that would have gone to salaries we use to help people take a step forward in life, and then take a step closer to God. Invariably the response I hear is, “That’s the way the church is supposed to be.” I could not agree more!