The old stone church

By Lanell Stuart
Special to The PREVIEW

As I traveled down the highway, I spied an old church building in disarray.

I couldn’t help but think of the memories it cherished in the rubble and the hay. There were all the people that passed through its doors that had been baptized there, and the souls that had been saved. They sang the songs of yesteryear, “Old Rugged Cross” at Easter time.

They must have been quite charming as the ladies wore their hats and gloves in prestigious ways. I imagine they bowed their heads in reverence to the one and only Son of God. I imagine them remembering Jesus dying on the cross only to rise on Sunday morning. Pledging their lives forever to the cause of truthfulness and faith.

Singing “Silent Night” at Christmas as the people gathered within its hallowed doors to pay tribute to baby Jesus. The Jesus we know so well, as savior, master, Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

How wonderful these people have been worshipping the Lord, singing praises, faithfully every Sunday all their lives. Until one day, the old church building was left without worshippers. People moved on and out of this part of town. It made me think of all God’s people. Do we walk with the Lord in the light of his word, as the song suggests?

I wondered if all the things that passed through my life would be forgotten in years to come, or would people remember me as I remember these. Am I being the kind of person that God dreams I can be?

It made me stop and think what kind of building can I be? Can I be the Proverbs 31 woman? It suggests she build a home by preparing a good, balanced meal and cleans the house with enthusiasm. She sees that the bills are paid on time and keeps good records accordingly. She helps those in need. She is happy, not sad. She is not idle. She is respected by those in her community (Proverbs 31:10-31, NIV).

Then I thought, am I the kind of person spoken in Colossians? The traits Paul suggested of kindness, meekness, gentleness, patience, without anger and malice towards none and do not slander one another (Colossians 3:8, NIV) as Jesus desires.

I dream on about the people who worshipped in that building. I wonder if their hopes and dreams were like yours and mine. I have to hope that they succeeded in their desires to become the people God knew they could be. I have to hope that I can be the kind of person God knows I can be.

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This story was posted on April 27, 2017.