Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am always telling all of us not to miss the signs that God sends into our lives. Recently God sent a sign about what you might ask – the sign project at church.
Through the years we have noticed the cars in the lower lot, the walkers on the Constitution Trail and the many others who traverse the grounds of our church. Thinking a sign with messages would be a good outreach to Jesus and His grace, we went about accomplishing it. Through everyone’s help we collected enough money to proceed with the sign. Part of it will be permanent and the other part will have rotating messages. This is where the sign of the Lord comes in.
In order to give an example to the board and the sign company the Holy Spirit led me to a message over a year ago. It was presented to both entities and the sign company when designing the sign used that message. The providence of the Lord was leading the way because when the sign company set the parameters for the sign they said each line should be 40 characters – this includes the letters, spaces and punctuation. The original message when it came from the company and was shown in the mock-up of the sign came back with 41 characters on one line and exactly 40 on the other! Take away the comma from line one and they each had 40 characters, the exact number needed for the sign.
As happened when we built this church, the Lord gave us many signs that we were doing his will and this is what the church should do and the building we should proceed with. (Ask any long-time member and they can share one or two). The same thing is happening with our new church sign. The Lord is letting us know that He will bless this outreach idea. It is His grace and love and mercy that will be shared with our neighbors in a creative way through our signage.
As the long-time song says, “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.” Don’t miss the Lord’s – He will bless as you do.
And as we head into Advent/Christmas here’s another reminder. “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) See you in worship sign-seekers!