Church family, I wish you could see what I get to see each week. When some of you come to the service on Sundays, I would guess that you have no idea how well that space is used for the rest of the week.
Author: Faith Fox (Faith Fox)
This week, as we consider our spiritual rhythm of prayer in pursuit of greater intimacy with God, we think about the new practices we can try or the old habits that we can recall. I challenge you to read through these and consider what you would like to try, add, and improve in your prayer life. This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but it’s a great starting point.
I realized during our Rooted study last year that this is a response of feeling responsible for so many things. I realized after addressing control through that lens it is often also a way of protecting myself emotionally. I have been addressing that in prayer over some months now. I ask God often to "convince me that trusting Him is easier than trusting myself."
As with running, the spiritual rhythms that I engage in (prayer, Scripture, rest, community) have been uncomfortable and sporadic at first. I have to build endurance for them. I have to push through not enjoying some of them and evaluate afterwards the fact that they actually made me feel better than before.
The Pantry here at Harvest has just been so good lately.
It has been an encouragement to my heart to see the Lord’s provision and I want to write so that you all may be encouraged as well.
If it is your inclination as well to try earning the title “Christian,” and thereby to try earning salvation, I predict that this time of “stay home, stay safe” might be having one of two effects. First, that you’re incredibly relieved. You have a reason beyond your control to not leave the house and do everything. Second, that you feel challenged. Under the surface you might be thinking, “now how am I going to accomplish anything.”
Because of this, people have come. This summer, we have served an average of 21 shoppers on Sundays and an average of 15 shoppers on Wednesdays. This average represents about 36 households and families a week being served.
At our VBS we got to learn about the Holy Spirit, but I also am confident that we got to feel and observe the Holy Spirit as well. God’s power was so evident throughout the whole week in these interactions and experiences. It made my heart so happy to see this for the kids at Harvest.
Sunday: I am open today from 11 am to 1 pm. Generally a team of two, alternating weeks, staff me. People come in the side door past the big staircase in the wedding garden where they are greeted and recorded. Depending on their family size, they shop for food to meet about 3-4 days’ need....
I went my whole 18 years growing up to a great church of 800 in central Indiana that feels very similar to Harvest. I then moved and went to a small church of 30 in college, which was a totally different experience. Except one summer when I ended up having an internship, so I packed...