“I Love It When a Plan Comes Together!”
I’m continuously reminded of how the body of Christ functions through the lives of those I’m surrounded by at Trinity. Earlier this month Trinity hosted the Life Walk on behalf of A Place of Refuge – the ministry connected with Lutherans for Life that provides care and concern in the name of Jesus for women in crisis pregnancies. The ladies of our LWML worked tirelessly to provide a lunch at the Historical Society picnic shelter for the more than 100 participants. One of the participants in this year’s walk was a young woman who earlier in life was one of the infants born to a woman at A Place of Refuge. This young woman just graduated from Living Word High School and is on her way to UW-Madison – faithfully bearing the name of Christ that is hers in her baptism. Through our support of APOR, Trinity plays a part in her story.
I see the body of Christ at work in the donations of groceries and money for the food banks of Bethany, Holy Ghost, and Mission of Christ. This food accompanies the saving message of the Gospel delivered to those living in the inner city by Pastors Elijah Ndon, Chris Ikanih, Afam Ikanih, and lay pastor Patrick Batom. Trinity plays a part in their Gospel work!
I see it in those who faithfully lead small (and not so small) Bible study groups at Trinity, enriching the lives of those in their groups with the Word of God. It’s lived out in the lives of a beautiful couple at Trinity who have adopted children at risk and are selflessly giving of themselves to provide them a life apart from dysfunction and addiction. I see it in a Trinity member who hand delivered Thrivent Live Generously t-shirts – going door-to-door in his neighborhood, telling his neighbors that this shirt is a gift from his church because – it’s what we do! The examples seem endless.
In Colossians, Paul tells us to “live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Disciples imitate Jesus. The Holy Spirit provides the power and the results. Like Col. Hannibal Smith says from the old television show the A-Team – “I love it when a plan comes together!” God’s plan is coming together here at Trinity, just as it has for 2000 years since Jesus gave us the marching orders to share His saving work with the world.