November 2, 2014

The Shepherd's Corner

The other day I stumbled upon an old picture of me and our three little children standing at a beach north of Jakarta, smiling and so happy.  When I was looking at the picture, I was wondering where Santy was.  Suddenly it occurred to me that she was not in the picture because she was the one who took the picture.The other day I stumbled upon an old picture of me and our three little children standing at a beach north of Jakarta, smiling and so happy.  When I was looking at the picture, I was wondering where Santy was.  Suddenly it occurred to me that she was not in the picture because she was the one who took the picture.  Those who take picture for the others have to make the sacrifice of not being in the picture.  And, the possible consequence of not being in the picture is to be forgotten that they were actually there.  In other words because they make the sacrifice of taking the picture, they may not be a part of the memory lane years later.

Last week we celebrated our church’s 34th anniversary.  Yes, our church was legally incorporated in 1980 but it had actually started 4 years earlier.  It was in 1976 that Pastor John and Tante Barbara Lim started the fellowship that finally became our church as we know it today.  Along the way there have been a lot of people who have come and done something to make this church stand and grow.

Just to name one, it was Oom Anthon Manuputty who installed the baptism pool and worked on the electrical wiring years ago.  And, there are many more.  Even days before the anniversary celebration last week, there were many who came and did something for this church.  There were those who prepared the food tirelessly, those who arranged the flowers and decorated the sanctuary, those who cleaned up the church, and those who painted the youth quarter.

To me they are like those who take picture—they are not in the picture but because of them we are in the picture.  We all thank you, unsung heroes, “your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Pastor Paul
Those who take picture for the others have to make the sacrifice of not being in the picture.  And, the possible consequence of not being in the picture is to be forgotten that they were actually there.  In other words because they make the sacrifice of taking the picture, they may not be a part of the memory lane years later.

Last week we celebrated our church’s 34th anniversary.  Yes, our church was legally incorporated in 1980 but it had actually started 4 years earlier.  It was in 1976 that Pastor John and Tante Barbara Lim started the fellowship that finally became our church as we know it today.  Along the way there have been a lot of people who have come and done something to make this church stand and grow.

Just to name one, it was Oom Anthon Manuputty who installed the baptism pool and worked on the electrical wiring years ago.  And, there are many more.  Even days before the anniversary celebration last week, there were many who came and did something for this church.  There were those who prepared the food tirelessly, those who arranged the flowers and decorated the sanctuary, those who cleaned up the church, and those who painted the youth quarter.

To me they are like those who take picture—they are not in the picture but because of them we are in the picture.  We all thank you, unsung heroes, “your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Pastor Paul

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