This week’s message was written by former member, Patti Cook, in honor and celebration of her daughter’s High School graduation. What a wonderful way to thank those who have been a part of Allison’s young life…
It may take a Village to Raise a Child, but it takes a Church to Raise a Christian
Graduating from High School- what wonderful Christians they have become!
A true reflection of God’s love uniquely exhibited in each and every one.
I rejoice at their wise choice to accept Jesus Christ as their savior;
to use their life to honor God- who will lovingly guide them in every endeavor.
I know following Jesus isn’t perceived by everyone as “cool”
it is sometimes even condemned by the community at large and their friends at school.
But this decision they’ve made has long been encouraged and supported
by a Christian body called: “Church” – where Jesus’ teachings are shared and minds transported.
So now as we celebrate the graduation of these Christian youth,
I would like to take a moment to thank all those
who have supported them with God’s truth:
For Pastor’s who led the way with Christ-centered words of inspiration; showing that following Jesus requires service, selflessness, and dedication.
For Sunday School teachers who taught Christian values through Bible stories; who put-on plays, sang songs, made crafts and who shared Jesus’ love and all of God’s glories.
For church music directors who stood in front of the congregation proudly directing their voices and instruments without a hint of consternation.
For youth leaders and pastors who guided them through the challenging years when adolescents need great strength to choose to follow Christ versus following their peers.
For other caring Christians who counseled church kids other than their own; who said something meaningful that, if a parent said, would receive an impatient groan.
For Christian congregations who supported car washes and bake sales, who prayed and paid for trips and camps; sharing God’s love while creating memorable tales.
All of you who helped these youth learn the true power of God’s great story,
who encouraged, supported, and otherwise contributed to this great victory;
my thanks goes out to you each for the integral part that you have played
in shaping the hearts, souls, and minds of these wonderful young people-Christians you have made.
I have heard people say “it takes a village to raise a child” today
but I know in my heart of hearts:
“it takes a Church to raise a Christian” now and always.