As I was traveling north on I-93 yesterday I saw something inspiring. As I came up over a rise, I saw a fleet of identical power line service trucks. With the bends in the road, I could only see so far. But from my vantage point, I could count at least 20 trucks before the line disappeared from view. Unfortunately I was coming up on my exit, because what I really wanted to do was pull into the passing lane and slowly work my way up the convoy.
Not only did I want to see just how far the line stretched, but I really wanted to drive along side of each truck, give a quick wave and a thank you. I could tell from the lettering on the trucks and the license plates that these hard working linemen and women had come down from Quebec. I didn't know their stories, but I had to imagine that they had left home several days earlier to help restore power during and after the storm. I suspect many of them had left behind family and friends, traveled a decent distance and had worked under harsh conditions to serve us.
As I pulled off my exit and the trucks disappeared into the distance, I couldn't help but think of our church. We have an unbelievable team of people who work sacrificially for the sake of the kingdom of God. I know that many of you sacrifice time, effort and precious resources to make the ministry of our church possible. I just want to say today that I am truly grateful. I am grateful for the gifts, time and talents that so many of you share. And I am grateful to be a part of such an amazing church family.
I have no doubt that restoring power after a storm like we had this week is a mammoth task. But when workers pull together, sometimes from far and wide, it is amazing what can be accomplished. God has called us to a great work. To bring the love of Christ to the world, to seek to serve so many in need, to share the hope of the gospel with so many that do know know Him, is a mammoth task.
But together as the body of Christ, with the power of the Holy Spirit within us, we can do great things. And everyone one of us is an important part of that work. Thank you for all you do! I hope to see you all this Sunday as we continue to dig into the Book of James in our series "Real World."
Also, with Easter soon to be upon us, I would like to ask us to be praying about who we might be able to invite to join us.