Hello Church Family,

My wife and I have been doing a fair amount of driving recently in search of a house. As a side note, we are honored that so many of you have thought of us as you have seen houses for sale or even heard of ones coming on the market. In driving through different areas dotted with different types of homes, I find one difference between the lots of new construction subdivisions and older construction homes to be striking. Can you guess what it is?

Trees.

To be sure, there are normally trees in those large, new subdivisions, but they are primarily saplings. Now, what does that tell me? People want trees for all the blessings they provide (like shade from the sun, habitation for animals, beauty in their changing leaves, etc.), but the builders don’t want to have to work around existing mature trees or deal with their extensive root systems. So, they would rather cut them down and replant than use preexisting trees. However, in doing so, future homeowners lose out on the majesty and grandeur of looking out of their window to see an ancient oak tree thriving with life.

Now, this is not a roundabout way to try to get you to watch Fern Gully this week (or ever). This is my plea for you to see the worth and beauty of this church. Many of you think that a church composed of mostly retired people and very few young people has nothing to offer the coming generations. With love and the utmost respect, you are mistaken. This church is filled with seasoned trees in a world of concrete. Decades of faithfulness and the resulting maturity that follows can not be manufactured—it must be grown. These characterize this church in ways that are captivating and compelling and can not be replicated. Any difficulties we will face in the coming days from existing deep roots are far outweighed by the blessings of the fruit that falls from the tree supported by those roots.

You are a beautiful testimony of God’s grace and power. Do not forget that. Psalm 1.

Gentry