The word of God is a vast treasure that is to be sought above all other things in this lifetime. It is more precious than gold, silver, rubies, or any diamond that glistens like the rays of the rising sun. It is food for the soul that gives strength to the mind, it is eternal, and it will never fade away. It is by this word you will find the meaning of life and the purpose for why you exist. It is not a common word to be read halfheartedly, no, it is to be studied with great intentionality, to be revered as holy, for it is a shield and buttress for those who take refuge in it. It is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your pathway, for every verse point to God’s salvation only found in the person of Jesus Christ.
On that Sunday we hugged. We laughed. We talked about the week that had passed and the one that was beginning. We gathered in rooms all over the church; Sunday school rooms that have heard the gospel proclaimed again and again through the decades. Emerald was in the basement, newly painted with cheerful art on the walls. It’s where several women from our church hid from a devastating tornado that hit Olney in 1951. They stayed there and were safe, sheltered by the building that has stood like a beacon on Main Street since 1916.
On Jan. 11, the Olney City Council met for the first time this new year. The meeting began by considering updating the agreement with waste connections. The council wasted no time discussing this item on the agenda, with the entire council giving ideas on how to improve the waste connections going forward in Olney to make the city cleaner. The council discussed the easiest ways for waste connections to improve, while also considering efficiency. The council decided to wait until the next meeting to bring forth a final decision on the matter.
In 1955, when I was about to be married, my mother wanted to know what I would like for a wedding gift. There were several things that I chose that she bought for my new kitchen. I don’t remember exactly what things, but I do remember asking for a little nut grinder. It probably cost 50 cents! It wasn’t the price that was important. It was the desire for the small gadget.
Oh, what a morning it was! Gifts under the tree, full stockings lined the wall, the residents awoke to a wonderful Christmas at House of Mercy Enterprises. Some were hesitant, some giggled like school children, some stared in awe, none expected the sight they saw. One resident commented “This is the best Christmas I’ve ever had!” Spending Christmas in a shelter, even a family-oriented Christian home like House of Mercy, can be difficult. Away from family, oftentimes having burned our own bridges with our biological families, we try to adapt to the God-given family in this body of Christ. The community of Olney has been very generous to the residents here this year, and we would like to thank you. Knowing that 2020 has been a difficult year for so many people, makes our gratefulness even more profound. There are far too many donors to list each one here, but we know each one of you and we are so thankful. Moreover, God knows who you are. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven… Matthew 6:19-20a