IN 2021 a small timber church stands in remote hilly country in Texas U.S.A.
Long ago people argued that they wanted more land cleared – they wanted a larger, greater statement of Christian Faith in their midst. Even powerful people wanted to give massive sums of money to erect this building.
The Pastor had been adamant. ‘The facility was to be built adequate, strong as a place of worship with limited land clearance.
A Place where GOD is to be God in our midst.
Through the years, bushfires raged, Mountain winds howled through the timbers. That small timber church with its simple wooden cross still sits on a remote hillside.
Looking upwards, worshippers then, and now, with often hordes of visitors with picnic hampers, get their most powerful lesson from the sky.
A pair of bald eagles build a massive nest on the highest Pine at the edge of church land. (Every year)
Generations of adults and children who stop to worship also get a graphic SERMON ON LIFE.
Parent birds – Protection, nurture, provision, comfort, teaching. Under massive wings, shelter and then the lessons on ‘How to fly’.
God is God in this small place. A constant Message to the humans.
The example above continues to proclaim.
I AM FATHER TO ALL MY REDEEMED CHILDREN.
LET ME BE GOD!
I have given My Life so you can soar with abundant life, John 10:10b.
I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions.
I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
Just freely give what is in your hand, God adds the abundance.