One of my favorite questions I was taught to ask is, “Where is God in All of This?” It’s a great question to help us to begin to realize that God’s presence is surrounding us in all of life. I thought I’d share two moments of God’s presence in the midst of ordinary moments that happened today:
1. This morning I received an email from a Northside ISD principal who works at a high poverty school. We were able to take school supplies to this school and I received a touching thank you note from them. Here’s a portion of the note:
“On the first day of school, a small sixth grade female student was walking around campus with half of her needed school supplies in a trash bag. She provided what she could. As soon as I noticed her, I took her aside and gave her a backpack and the missing school supplies. Her smile and demeanor brightened immediately. Your donation enabled this event to happen and made a difference in the lives of many of our students. Our kids want support, not sympathy. Thank you for supporting our kids.”
2. I also found out that we collected over $580(!) with our most recent Blessed Change collection. Every fifth Sunday we ask people to bring spare change for a cause to support God’s mission in the world. This time we’re buying a great resource from the wider church called Prayer Book for the Armed Services. We already give this important resource to people when we know that they are being deployed. What we collected on Sunday will be given to our partners in ministry in the chaplain’s office at Joint Base San Antonio so they can give them to soldiers stationed at JBSA.
What is striking to me is how God takes ordinary things and uses them in ways we can’t begin to imagine. A few coins dropped from our pockets or purses on Sunday morning become enough to order lots of books for soldiers serving our country in places across the world. People purchasing school supplies at the store blesses a young girl in our community.
Thanks for your generous support of these ministries! What you do makes a difference in a world and is powerful way to serve God by serving others.
Blessed to be in this partnership with you,