Here are a few pictures of our local, old St. Joseph Catholic church, being demolished as they make way for a much-needed new facility. As you can imagine there are many memories attached to this structure. Weddings, baptisms, funerals, and mass. Times of celebration, sorrow, and worship but all times of remembering from where our strength comes.
While walking one day I stopped to visit with an older gentleman as he watched the demolition progress. He appeared rather pensive. I asked him if this was his church and he replied yes that he had attended here for many years.
We discussed the sadness of seeing the old, with so many memories attached, being destroyed. He agreed this was difficult to watch but acknowledged that the new structure was going to be a very good change. Our conversation ending as we agreed that maybe they could take all of the great memories from the old church and build more new and wonderful memories as they move forward in the new facility.
I always take observations from my walks and bike rides and relate them to spiritual matters and so I did with this encounter.
The future holds great things for us if we will commit it into God’s hands. It’s good to let go of the past with all of its issues and mistakes. But it is also good to let go of the successes of the past so we can move forward for God in what lies ahead. We can be assured with Christ that it will never appear exactly as we imagined, for His ways are higher than ours . He sees the bigger picture in light of eternity.
I pray for this congregation and leaders that this will be a new chapter in their history to honor and bring glory to God as they work to accomplish the cause of Christ.
“…..But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14