“No one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
As I write this article I sit on a beautiful lanai overlooking a three-acre lake with palm trees all around me. It is 8:00 a.m. on Sunday and the temperature is 76 degrees. Back in St. Louis it is 11 degrees with sleet, snow and ice. I thought about the two contrasts when I read 1 Corinthians this morning. One seemed so cold and horrible and the other so warm and wonderful. It is beautiful here but when I read Paul’s words it reminded me that heaven will be a place so wonderful that we can’t even imagine it. Mary Louise and I are enjoying our time at Spring Training but the Fee Fee family is always on our minds. Christ wants us to remember that our suffering is only temporary. Spring will come as surely as heaven will someday.
I want to remind you of a very important business meeting on March 16. The Transportation Committee will bring a motion to purchase two new 15-passenger buses. After the trade-in of our current vehicles, we will need around $100,000 to purchase the buses. We already have $40,000 set aside from year-end funds to go toward that cost. We are inviting and encouraging the church body to help us “step up” to this challenge and give to cover the remaining $60,000. Several people in the church have asked me if they could begin to contribute to the bus fund and the answer is “yes”. It is my hope that the Stewardship Committee will bring a motion to the business meeting on how we can fund this purchase until we pay it off in full. I want to encourage the church family to look for ways to help fund this much-needed cause while still supporting the budget and building fund.
Our buses are used frequently by our seniors, children, and youth. It is important that we have safe and reliable vehicles to transport our precious members. Please pray about what you can do. A “Q&A” session will be held on March 16 at 5:00 p.m. in the dining room.
The snow, sleet, and ice will gradually fade into spring and we will be thrilled with the beauty of nature once again. It is a good reminder that the problems and sickness of this world will eventually fade into eternity. The hard times will give way to the beauty of heaven for those who know the Lord. Hang on, something better is coming.