What is your prayer for our church going forward?
By Elaine Greer and Carlee VanHouten
In writing my thoughts about this topic, I decided to interview my granddaughter, Carlee, just to see what her perception is about her church and the future. Carlee first tried to imagine how long ago 200 years really is. Our family has a lot of interest in genealogy so I pulled out my photo albums and showed her that 1816 was when her Great…Great….Great….Great…..Great Grandfather Bayless lived. Then I read to her some of the history of First Baptist Church in those early days. She was fascinated. Then, I asked her what she hoped for our church in the future. Without hesitation, she said, “I hope we have lots and lots more children.” “Why,” I asked. “Because, Nanny, I love my church so much and when I go there, there are people there who love me that I don’t even know. I want lots of children to have people who love them.”
Tears came to my eyes as I heard these words of a 10 year old. The greatest legacy that First Baptist Church can take into the future is love for her children. I thank God every day that Carlee loves her church and is aware of being loved. I am reminded that these same children are the future of First Baptist Church. They learn to love God through our acts of love for them.
I am also reminded of Matthew 25:40 that says, “Truly, I say to you, inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these brothers and sisters, you have done it unto me.”