Sunday, January, 1, 2017 | 12:58 PM | by June
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
I remember from the time, from when I was growing up, a day of exceeding hope that was expressed by a relative of mine. He was a second cousin and he was a generation older than I. It was a beautiful summer day that summer that I was headed into the seventh grade. Frank invited all of the relatives over to a new address for the afternoon. I remember arriving along with a lot of other cars. I didn’t understand. The place where everyone was gathering was a lot with no house on it. If fact, it seemed kind of ugly. There were piles of dirt and stone. It was ugly. It did not seem like a place for a picnic. Frank led us on to the property. We walked towards a place where there was a big hole. The hole had a concrete floor and concrete block walls that came just a little above the surrounding ground level. Frank was exceedingly joyful and hopeful. He was so proud that he had completed the foundation on what was to be his new home. He described the vision in such detail. He was almost dancing as he shared his dream. Right after the New Year, we were all invited back to the home of Frank and his family for a party and to watch the first NFL Super Bowl ever.
I’ve been thinking about 2017. I am exceedingly hopeful, excited and joyful. I looked for a Bible verse that said such a thing, but did not find one. It seems that about the only writer that used the word “exceedingly” was Moses and he was not referring to hope or excitement. I did find the above theme verse from the writer of Hebrews that says it even better.
I am believing that God is going to use you, the First Lutheran family, this neighborhood, our Lutheran and Christian partners and even me to accomplish what He wants to accomplish. I feel like now at the end of 2016 and I can see a foundation that is firm and secure . . . just like an anchor. God has been SO good to us as we have had the privilege to refocus our vision on mission.
I know, a foundation is not a kingdom. And, to some, it may not look like much. But I see blocks laid with the blessing of the hand of God. It was done by His strength and His power. To Him be all of the glory. I can’t wait to see what the next step (first floor) is going to look like.
I want to invite you to our 2017 Strategic Planning meeting on Saturday, January 28th from 9:00 AM till 11:30 AM followed by lunch. I thank and praise God for you, my First Lutheran Family. We have the privilege of being builders in His Kingdom.
God be praised!