My body is sore & tired, my heart is lifted and joyful! Our Elders, Joe & Linda have recently closed their glass business and are approaching retirement. Multiple years of inventory, tools and storage had accumulated in their shop and the Lord provided a new tenant for leasing their building. This came sooner than expected so that meant moving everything out and cleaning and, and, andâ€¦ by the 1st of next month!!!
Joe had heart surgery last July and could not perform the work himself. Linda faced this huge project alone, asked for a little help and hereâ€™s what she wrote on Facebook at the end of the day:
â€œIt isn’t often that I am overwhelmed and speechless but today was one of those days. I posted a request for help to clean out our shop. I was hoping for 4 or 5 muscles to show up. I never expected 21 of you! The job was overwhelming to me and by 3:00 today it was done. This is what community is all about! It felt like an old fashioned barn raising! I love you all. When I told Joe, big tears rolled down his cheeks. Tomorrow we have a lot to worship God for.â€
As we gathered around a well-worn work bench that day, eating tacos picked up by a close friend, the question was posed, â€œWhat is the message we are seeing and hearing here today?â€ Responses came quickly, â€œthis is love in actionâ€ â€œcommunityâ€ â€œbearing one anotherâ€™s burdensâ€ â€œfulfilling the law of Christâ€. We shared the work, the food and the joy! A potentially inundating task turned into a point of praise to God and life to the body of Christ. Every time I feel an aching muscle twinge, I smile. Joyful sacrifice brings a reminder of Hebrews 12:2.