“The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom—a surefire way to accomplish more for the glory of God.” ― Brett Harris
My father was a minister for more than sixty years. Sharing Christ in Community was his mission. After he passed away I was given the briefcase he carried to church every Sunday. I consider this one of my “holy belongings” that has found a new home in the Peace Chapel here at GraceStone Sanctuary. In it are all kinds of papers. There are prayer lists and ministry plans, worship services and lesson outlines. I found articles about the Kingdom of God and old church bulletins from the 1950s. But what I am most drawn to are the hand written notes…his words recorded on paper….his thoughts for a sermon or class or for congregational needs. As I read the words on the pages he wrote, I realize how the message of mission is beyond the limits of time.
To me his old leather briefcase is a sanctuary, a holy place, containing a sacred story. What is contained within it reveals a deep and somewhat hidden part of my father. I knew him as “Dad” and all those things, good and bad, that go with that relationship. But when occasionally I pull out one of the random papers from this sacred satchel I feel quite in step with the minister side of my father. It holds a history of one man who had a desire to understand God’s message and mission, who had a desire to share the love of Christ in his community. My father wrote about it decades ago. I write about it now. Jesus’ disciples wrote about it thousands of years ago. The Good News is eternal. The call to mission…timeless.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations. Psalm 145:13
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