I always thank my God when I remember you in my prayers. That's because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus. I hear about your love for all of God's people. I pray that you will be active in sharing what you believe. Then you will completely understand every good thing we have in Christ. Your love has given me great joy. It has cheered me up. My friend, you have renewed the hearts of God's people. Philemon 1:4-8
I was first introduced to this passage in the very short book of Philemon when I was in middle school. Since that time these verses will occasionally come to mind at times in my life when I am grateful, especially for a particular community of faith. After experiencing the hospitality, energy, generosity, and fellowship on Saturday at our first annual Family Fall Fest, this verse came back to my mind and heart. I regularly say prayers of thanks for the community of believers that we are surrounded with her at JCPC. We experience your love, learn from your faith experiences and are often overwhelmed by your generous hearts. There were many adults, youth, Boy Scouts, Preschool families, children from our church and community that enjoyed a fun evening on the ballfield. When we can play together, I believe God renews us in a special way.
A group of dedicated believers from our community of faith made this experience for children and families possible. They embodied what is means to share #ExtravagantGenerosity through their time and service. Julia DeKold led the way as our Children's CE elder and with the help of Caroline Davis, Rev. Brian Daoust, Amanda & Hope D'Erasmo, Shawn DeKold, Ross, Shannon, Rachel & Emily Johnston, Chap Shearouse, Steve Simpson, Ansley & Caroline Swicegood, and Mike Whelan (Troop 2000). Thank you so much for the ways that you continue to be active in sharing your faith and the love of Christ. At times like these, it can be overwhelming to have such an awesome cloud of witnesses to experience life with.
I would invite you to take some time today to think about those that you would remember in your prayers because they have helped you to experience God's love in a deeper way.
Prayer for Today
Gracious God, Thank you for each person that you place in our path to help us gain a greater understanding of your love. Guide us as we open our hearts to the ways that you will use us to share our faith and your love this day. In Christ's Name, Amen.