A few weeks ago I received a note from one of our former members who had moved to another city. When they lived in the Lincoln area her husband had experienced a debilitating illness and they had needed to move to another community to have access to a health-care facility that would meet his needs. With her note was a check to the church for $50. This is what her note said.
I am going to start paying $50/month (at least) towards the $1,000 pledge we made before moving away. My husband’s been in a care center and things have been tough – to say the least. Anyway, if I can send more, I will to complete our promise to St. Paul’s – thank you!
I wrote her back and thanked her for the $50 gift, and how much it meant to me and to Saint Paul Church for them to make that gift, especially when they were going through such a difficult time. Then I wrote that we considered their pledge to Saint Paul paid in full. We knew that they were going through a very hard time, and for them to remember Saint Paul Church in the midst of all of that was blessing enough. We have them in our prayers.
A short time later I received an email from her.
Pastor Lux: Thank you!!! The reason that we wanted to pay St. Paul’s back is that we found our connection to God again at St. Paul’s, after many, many years of not attending church at all. Having to leave St. Paul’s was one of the reasons we did not want to leave Lincoln. Thank you for sending me that letter – I had had a really bad day the day I received it, so KNOW that through you, God was telling me it was ‘OK’ and that He was with me. . . .
I simply wanted to share that exchange with you so that you would know also of the faithfulness and gratitude of some folks that have shared with us in the life and ministry of Saint Paul Church. And even though you do not know their names, please pray for them, God will know who you are talking about. And I want to say thank you to all of you who make such sacrifices for the Saint Paul Church, you all provide blessings beyond what you realize in the gifts you give and the things you do for Saint Paul Church.