A few years ago, I wrote a devotional entitled "Tiny Running Feet". The story revolved around a little boy running towards the front of the church with outstretched arms in order to help carry a huge cross to its final destination: a stand at the entrance of the church.
It has been four years since that incident, and during that time, much has happened. I also wrote about selling our church building in "Church For Sale", due to a huge mortgage debt and low attendance. It was during this time of uncertainty that an amalgamation of two local denominations became a reality.
There are customs and practices of each church that both congregations, even little boys, are slowly getting used to as we strive to become "one in Christ".
And then one Sunday, it happened. At the end of the service when the assistant started to walk down the aisle with cross in hand, the little boy, now four years older, with his smaller brother in tow, walked up towards the altar to help carry the cross again to its final destination.
Isaiah 11:6 – The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. (NRSV)
It was this action from their small hearts that meant so much to all of us: two little children finally accepting our amalgamated congregation as their new home.
No matter where we live or what congregation we attend, there is hope for our future, as we continue to serve one another and our community, confident in God, Who leads us ever onward and forward to bring about His kingdom on earth.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You continue to surprise us through deeds of the heart from the actions of children and individuals. Be with us on our own personal journeys as we work together for the love of the world. Amen.
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