shepherding the shepherd
A certain wealthy man summoned a building contractor and told him he wanted to enlist his services in building a home. This wasn’t just a house; not even a mansion. It was a palace. No expense would be spared. But when the rich man began to describe the materials he wanted the contractor to use his astonishment turned to bewilderment.
Our church buildings and programs don’t tell the really good stories. You have to dig a little to discover the important stories beneath the surface of our songs and suppers, our affection and history. Take the little house ekklesia, Bethlehem Fellowship, way back in our history. It started with just three people.
Ted and Margaret were grandparents in our church. One grandson was given the middle name, Ziga, reflecting his mother’s Rwandan heritage. The name means “Remember Who You Are.” In some families parents say the same thing when a teenager heads out for an evening with friends—“Remember who you are.” That’s what a benediction says to God’s people.