April 2021 – A letter from Pastor Lori

As I stood in the choir room on Sunday, I was watching two men that served in the military receive an incredible gift of a Quilt of Valor.  A Quilt of Valor is a quality, handmade quilt that is machine or hand quilted. It is awarded to a Service Member or Veteran who has been touched by war.  The Quilt says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice in serving our nation.”  These beautiful quilts were wrapped around these veterans, as if enveloping them with love, security and hope of a tomorrow. As I left one church to go to another church to preach I thought a lot about our service to God and Christ who lived and died for each of us.  As we are coming to an end in our Lenten season, I pray you have found the study of the last words of Christ from the cross fulfilling, uplifting or challenging.  I pray that this Lenten season has encouraged you to write God’s words on your heart.  I pray that your giving up or adding something to your life has taught you about sacrifice and service. So, as I was driving, two verses kept coming to my mind.  The first was “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)   The second was “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) I have a youth group young adult, from years back, in Army basic training.  He misses his family.  Terribly homesick.  I write letters to him almost daily.   I remind him of why he chose this route.  He had a rough life his first 5 years of life.  He was eventually adopted by his Grandparents, which was the ultimate greatest event for him and the family.  We are not on this earth to be served.  We are not here waiting for the cosmic bellhop to give us what we want and desire. These two men and many other veterans and soldiers, understand the seriousness of protecting and serving with fellow soldiers.  They understand about serving and giving up selfish desire, to follow the commands of the government and higher officials.  Jesus came for the sole purpose to serve us.  To give us the avenue for salvation.  To make a way for us to live life eternal.  Jesus came to seal the prophesy.

Jesus wraps us up in His loving arms. Jesus makes a way for us to love one another as Christ has loved us.

  In Christ’s service Pastor Lori Stevens