The past week was a wonderful one for Jan and me. Our older son, his wife, our two grandchildren (and their two dogs) came to the Metroplex from Madison, Wisconsin to divide their time between our home and our daughter-in-law’s family. Part of the time all six of them were with us, and for certain days we could focus on one grandchild at a time.
The picture you see is of our granddaughter, Micah. It was taken on Wednesday afternoon, right before she and my wife began their long awaited and anticipated Vacation English Tea. From the first moment that Jan pitched the idea to Micah, she was excited and could barely wait for the time to come. On the day before, I asked her questions about what food would be served and what exactly happens during a formal tea like this one? With the solemn seriousness of a four-year-old, she looked at me and said, “Well, we can tell you about it later . . . but remember, boys aren’t allowed at our tea!” Thank goodness for pictures and stories, because now I know about all the delicacies that were enjoyed — and I can see with my own eyes that beautiful dress that Micah wore, along with her royal crown. I can also see the happiness on the face of a little girl who was given a memorable event by her adoring grandmother — an event that Micah no longer needed to wait a single moment to take place.
That last phrase is not original to me. This coming Sunday it will be exactly 70 years since the world first learned of a young girl who once said this: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world . . .” Some of you may immediately know of the event and the person quoted. And if you don’t know, you can quickly research the answer.
In the meantime, I want to share with you this snippet of the passage from Philippians 2:1-11 that will be read in our Sanctuary worship services: “Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others.” One of the many things that bring me pride about our church is the widespread commitment to first look toward what is better for others. I believe it is a strong part of our institutional personality and identity. It certainly isn’t a random coincidence that the banners on our light poles surrounding the church say, “LOVE GOD. SERVE PEOPLE. TRANSFORM LIVES.”
I invite you to join us this Sunday in one of the seven worship experiences that will be offered. We are a rich and diverse community who come together every week to encourage one another and nourish our souls so that we can continue to be followers of Jesus Christ, for the transformation of the world. It would be great to see you around the building — or make that buildings — this Sunday!
Dr. Mike Marshall