I recently heard from the daughter of one of my high school friends. She was reaching out on Facebook to learn more about her father who had passed away and from whom she had been estranged. She had a hole in her heart. I tried to fill that hole with some memories and pictures of her father. Her dad sat next to me in high school band. We both played the trumpet.
Many of us have loved ones we wish we could reach out to and ask questions, but they are no longer among us. I think we all have a yearning to know where we come from and to also know that we are loved and valued. Not all of us have that. Some have it and take it for granted. I am struck by how many people in Harmony have deep roots here and generations have stayed very close. It’s easy to take something like that for granted.
A church home is that place where we learn where we come from and loved unconditionally. We are given identity and meaning and purpose for our lives. We gather week after week to be reminded of the best news in the world, that God loves us unconditionally, and has come to heal the brokenness in our lives.
Don’t take your church home for granted. If it wasn’t here our lives and community would be so much poorer. There would be a hole in our hearts. We need to see you in worship. We need your involvement and support. Make a commitment this summer to worship. If you are gone on the weekend, come to worship in the park on Wednesdays at 7.
Summer blessings to you all.