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Not Applicable

The other day, as I checked over the paperwork for a new family, I ran across something new in the prayer section.  Usually I see yes, no, blank or on rare occasion a line, but this time it was N/A – huh?  Not applicable was a new one for me.  This got me to thinking about all God really does in our lives.  God does so much with us, God does so much for us and God is there when we do not give Him the acknowledgement or praise He deserves.  I was not sure if the N/A was due to a lack of knowing who God is or a momentary unwillingness to seek him.

I wish the women who filled out the form could talk to the gentleman who was laid off from his steady job of 17 years because the company decided to only use contractors as a cost-cutting measure if there was too much work for the other employees.  His skills as an electrician help him to continue working on occasion for the same company but the work was not steady enough to support his family.  The family decided to move from Maine to the Fishers area where the gentleman grew up.  They only had $600 to make this trip and start their new life so the plan was for him to be a day laborer along the way.  At the first stop his wife kept their two small children in the RV they called home while he watched others get work for the day.  At the end of the unsuccessful day the gentleman looked up to see a Lutheran church across the street.  He decided to talk with a pastor and see if he had any work.  The pastor was very kind and said he would make a few phone calls but could not make any promises.  The next morning the gentleman got a phone call from someone the pastor had talked to about some work that would take a day or two.  Once that job was completed, the gentleman heard from the pastor he had spoken with.  The pastor found work in Pittsburg for the gentleman.  After successfully completing those jobs the pastor in Pittsburg lined up another job closer to Indiana.  About 3 weeks later the family arrived in the Fishers area with twice as much money and all other expenses along the way paid for. 

Upon arriving in the Fishers area the gentleman met with one of the trustees who after hearing his story agreed to help pay rent up to a designated amount.  The gentleman was able to find an RV park with good amenities for less than the agreed upon amount.  The RV Park was just outside of the township limits but the trustee honored his promise. To help further, the trustee allowed the man the use the township’s address as a mailing address when needed.

The next concern was finding a job.  The first few interviews were not successful and the time for the next month’s rent was due soon.  The gentleman knew they could make rent if he did not find a job with his daughter’s disability check but the check would come a few days after the rent was due.  He spoke with the owner and asked if there was any work for him on the property so that he could pay the rent late if necessary.  They came up with an arrangement that if he would clear out trees that were cut (and that two different companies responsible for the cutting were supposed to clear out but didn’t) the rent could be paid late and he could have all of the wood to sell.  The owner was extremely impressed with the progress this gentleman made in the first few days. 

When I met with the gentleman, he just found out he was hired for a job he was excited about and was starting the next day.  The best part of his story is that he knows God is the one who had been intervening on behalf of the family in so many ways on this journey.  The woman who wrote N/A in the section may have just been in a hurry and N/A was an auto response to something she did not want in that moment but if that is not the case I truly wish she could hear about this one family’s life that has been blessed by our loving God. There are so many little ways that our God makes his presence known in our lives. If we aren’t looking for it, we can miss it. Sometimes we all need a reminder to simply be still for a moment, reconnect with our God, and witness the many blessings, big or small, that our God brings to life all around us.

Nicole W.
Head Food Pantry Advocate
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Do We Lose Our Sense of Awe?

The first church to ever hire me as their youth pastor was in a little tiny town called Grande Cache up in the Canadian Rockies. It was beautiful.  There were 23 mountains visible from town alone (and many more if you took the time to climb one). So, of course, when I moved there I started climbing mountains. All the time. I even helped with a program called "Passport to the Peaks" where you could get a stamp at the top of the mountains visible from town and try to scale every one. No, I didn't get them all, but I did help place some of the stamps up there.

When I moved to town I only knew one person. His name was Chad. He came into the music store I worked at in college quite often to buy new gear. And as God usually works things out, Chad and his family attended the church that hired me (he was kind of excited when I moved to town, I could show him how to set it all up). Chad and his family worked as loggers in the forests at the base of the mountains and when I found that out I asked him what he thought of working in the mountains. "Meh". Wait, what? So I asked what he thought of the mountains and the scenery. And you know what he told me? He'd never climbed one. He'd never seen the top of a mountain. He had lived there his whole life and never taken the time to actually go up above where the trees grew where you could see for a hundred miles.

I was reminded of this while reading the story of Jesus going to Simon of Bethany's house for dinner (you can read it in Matthew 26:6-13 and Mark 14:3-9). Simon was a man Jesus had healed from leprosy, a disease that had no cure and ostracized a person from their loved ones. And the disciples were there eating too, people who knew Jesus deeply. And another person was there, a woman who came in and washed Jesus with expensive perfume. When she did it the disciples were furious, they called it a waste. Simon contributes nothing to the story, he didn't say anything either way (or it wasn't important enough for us to know). When this woman chose to worship Jesus and honor Him in a way that was expensive those closest were upset and the one who had been given back his life and everything with it was silent.

I wonder if they had been with Jesus so long they lost a sense of who He was. The Person some saw as the Son of God they saw as the Person we eat dinner with, kind of like how I saw incredible mountains but Chad saw the things in his backyard. As we pass celebrating Christ's resurrection and put away our nice Easter clothes and finish up the leftover ham do we still hold that entire event in awe? Do we fully grasp all that moment entails and how eternity will be forever different because of that one sacrifice and how thanks to Christ's triumph over death things will never be the same again? Or do we hear it so often and do the dance every year that it just becomes that nice day we dress up and have dinner with our extended family after?

Please don't lose your sense of awe with what last Sunday meant. The Living God came to earth and took our sins upon Himself, dying on a cross all so we could be forgiven and have a relationship with Him because He is still the Living God who rose again and lives today. And He did it all for you. So you could be restored to that holy image of God He created in the Garden of Eden so long ago.

A week later are we still living like Easter really happened, like it made a difference?

Troy Richards
Director of Sr. High Student Ministries and Modern Worship
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