Fishers UMC Blog

Leaving a Legacy of Life.

Recently, I sat in a room with a gentleman who prayed: "Dear Lord, we thank you for those whose deaths leave a legacy of life."

It was in response to a 14-year-old girl who recently passed away while awaiting for a heart transplant at Riley Children's Hospital.  During her stay, she organized a weekly bake sale from her room in order to raise money for a park to be built that children in the hospital could use. Prices ranged from 50 cents for a Rice Krispy Treat to $5 for Banana Bread. All told, Jaden Lauderdale raised more than $15,000. Though she did not live long enough to see the park's completion, her legacy lives on.

"Dear Lord, we thank you for those whose deaths leave a legacy of life."

My wife and I lost a dear friend of ours earlier this month to an aggressive cancer that took her life at far too young an age.  Hers is a life, however, that “echoes through eternity.”  Sarah was a gifted teacher who loved her students with passion and depth.  She was a tremendous mother to her two little boys, and a loving wife to her husband.  Throughout her battle with cancer and in the recent days since her death, a multitude of people – friends, family, students, co-workers – have come forth sharing story after story of the ways Sarah’s life impacted their own.  She made people want to be better people.  Her life inspired others to want to love fiercely.  Talk about a legacy.

"Dear Lord, we thank you for those whose deaths leave a legacy of life."

And then there was last week, when I attended a Pastoral Leadership Program sponsored by the Lilly Endowment and Duke University.  It was a tremendous week of learning and befriending other young clergy colleagues from across the country.  I had an incredible time, and could not help but reflect on all who helped make it possible.  Of course, there were the gracious hosts who opened up their beautiful home to host us.  And there were the program directors who shared their knowledge and passions openly.  But there were all those others – folks like Mr. Lilly whose generosity and Kingdom-vision led him to create a philanthropic endowment that funds a multitude of Church projects throughout the world.  There are also countless others who have contributed to the endowment of Duke’s Divinity School as well.  Their giving helps keep tuition down and also funds leadership programs for pastors.  And there are folks like you – people in our church who have tithed faithfully and given abundantly so that God’s work might be done through Fishers UMC.  
I want to live my life in such ways that my legacy reverberates with the overflowing generosity of God. I want to live a legacy of life.  

Dear Lord, we thank you for those whose lives lead a legacy of Life.

Pastor Jared Kendall
Associate Pastor

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House

Building a house can take months or even years to accomplish. It can take months for planning, for the blueprints to be drawn up, and to choose a place to build. This all occurs before even a glimpse of building begins. Then the building process can start. A foundation is created and painstakingly each piece is put in place. Wood, brick, steel, each positioned according to design. The frame emerges from the assembled materials. The wiring, plumbing, heating, cooling and infrastructure are added. Then come the walls, flooring materials, the plumbing fixtures, cabinets, doors, etc.  Many times these come with lots of angst over which to select from a myriad of choices. As the house begins to be finalized the décor and finishing touches are added. Then you add the people, the memories, individual tweaks to make your house, your home. This process is full of hard work, countless decisions, a multitude of memories and reflects a part of you.  Houses take months, years and decades to complete. HOWEVER…..

In the past few months, we have been keenly aware of the mortality of these personal monuments we call home. The houses across the street from the church are violently reduced to splinters in minutes. Wildfires are consuming homes by the hundreds in California, as people flee with little more than the clothes on their back. Flood waters in Texas engulf entire communities and people return only to stack all the remains in the street to be disposed of. Homes are swept away or blown away in Puerto Rico, several Caribbean islands and Florida in the wake of hurricanes. In Mexico, homes are reduced to rubble by the rumble of the earthquake. Reflecting upon the reality of the recent events, one can often become cynical, worried, discouraged, or distraught, yet in the midst of the remains of the rubble some truths begin to emerge.

  • The loss of life is much more tragic than the loss of possessions
  • Life will never be the same
  • It is a time to make needed changes in your life
  • The community rises up to help and new relationships are made
  • Value is redefined in your life
  • Faith is questioned, sharpened and solidified

Personally, it is a time to be reminded that this earthly home is only temporary and that we can stand with the precepts of Abraham

 “He was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God” Hebrews 11:10

This is incredible when we consider the words from Hebrews 1:10

 "In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

Our hope is not in the things of this world, but in the immortal heavenly home built on the foundation of faith in Christ.

19“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Though not personally impacted by these scenario, just watching, helping in small ways and praying these tragedies, cause me to reflect on where I am placing value and treasure in my life.

What treasures are you building daily?

If you lost all your possessions.

What would you still possess?”

Who would you blame or praise?

On what foundation would you rebuild?

Would you like to continue this conversation?

Call the church 3178491805 or email

Larry Crane
Director Of Children's Ministries

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