Thank you to all who prayed for the grand opening of Grace Anglican Community. We had a wonderful first service. Between the prayers of my fellow blogger and the prayers during our 24-hour prayer vigil, there is no doubt God heard and answered our prayers in a big way. The best part was the presence of the Holy Spirit. God was certainly right there with us in the service.
What struck me after the service was that we weren’t just praying for our opening service but for all of the future services of Grace Anglican Community. For those of us who were there, we were greatly blessed, but it goes far beyond us. We are part of planting a church that will be around to help transform lives for Christ for generations to come.
My small group is doing a Bible study called “Walking with God in the Desert” by Ray Vander Laan. This past week’s lesson was about trees in the desert. One of the trees is called a tamarisk tree.
Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called upon the name of the Lord, the Eternal God.
A tamarisk tree is a very slow growing tree that requires more water than other trees found in the desert. “It must be cared for and cultivated, but the person who plants it will not live to enjoy its cooling shade. As one elderly Bedouin man explained, “We plant tamarisks for our grandchildren,” apparently meaning, “Because they grow so slowly and last for a long time, we will not enjoy them but our grandchildren will.” Abraham was planting a tree for his future grandchildren.
Grace Anglican Community is a church plant, much like a tamarisk tree, that will be a blessing for future generations. The difference is we who are part of caring and cultivating it are also able to reap the benefits of being part of it. I love the idea that starting this church is a way for us to leave a spiritual legacy for years to come.
We are all called to serve the Lord and our service may plant seeds in the hearts and minds of others that may impact the lives of their grandchildren. What are you doing in your spiritual life to plant seeds for future generations?