Through my long years of Christian service I have learned that God generally speaking works seasonally in our lives. Ecclesiastes chapter 3:1 says, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”
This has been a season of great harvest and as I sit back this morning on the last day of my harvesting I can see that God has given me abundance through this time.
In September I was honored to lead worship and do personal care-giving at the Special Touch New England Getaway. I was honored with the privilege of baptizing six new converts into the faith! Besides that incredible week we held our regular C.cada meeting and hosted the monthly communion meeting at the Gardner Visiting Nurses Center for a congregation of nearly forty people. The month culminated with the Winchendon Enhancement Committee’s Toy Town Fall Fest where almost two thousand people came to examine the site for a potential makerspace.
Four days after the Fall Fest my daughter Amanda and I departed for a two week stay in Ireland while our teams continued planning for the upcoming art show, Cloverton concert, Double service launch, oh yeah and Melanie’s wedding.
We touched down on American soil again on the 14th of October and were back in office on the 15th catching up with all the plans. Cornerstone launched its double services on the 19th and as of this date it looks like the church has grown by about forty people!
C.cada’s fourth annual art show was the largest ever. We hung over 250 pieces and almost every artist sold at least one piece. To top it off connections were made with another area art association for a possible project collaboration.
Three concerts later I stood at an altar giving away my youngest daughter as a bride to my new son-in-law James Franklin II.
Then last night just two days after my daughter’s wedding Cornerstone hosted Cloverton to a nearly packed house.
God has given me a season of much fruit! Now the harvest has been brought in. It is time for the land and this laborer to rest a bit and get back to a quieter schedule. Cornerstone isn’t stopping but the next big projects are not mine; They belong to other harvesters. Aside from a carolling event and Christmas Eve I have nothing to prepare for outside of my ordinary duties between now and Easter. While I am sure something is bound to pop up I think I am going to take a month or so and just try to be quiet(er).
Maybe now is a good time to hide myself away a bit and finish the new book!
What a great God and a great season for you!
It DOES sound like an incredible season… A busy one… But a good one!
And it definitely sounds like God is now blessing you with a quieter season, which we all need in order to refresh! I don’t know about you though, sometimes I fight the quiet seasons! I feel as though I always have to be ‘doing’, when my Creator knows that I need time of rest and blesses that!
Even with this pregnancy, now that I’m nearing the end, my doctor is telling me to slow down and to focus a bit more on rest before the baby comes. And I have struggled with that a bit! I have to remind myself that to everything there is a season… and soon enough, I’ll be taking care of a snuggly little baby! And then, as that season slowly progresses, I’ll be more involved in ministry like I used to be. So it’s okay for me to slow down a little bit right now, even though I sometimes forget that! 🙂
I hope you find a great book to read and that you enjoy some quiet time during this holiday season!!! 🙂