Matthew 6:25-27 (NLT)

25 That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday

life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more

than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or

harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far

more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to

your life?

Over Spring Break, our family enjoyed a recent visit to one of the barrier islands off the

North Carolina coast. The egrets were everywhere and, in fact, were nesting. As we

pulled the golf cart up to check out a rather large nest, through the binoculars we

observed one very protective mother bird. She seemed to be posturing to ward off any

threats to her babies while another bird—we assumed the father—brought food to their

young.

 

As I watched the comings and goings of this “family”, I reflected on what it means to be a

family, whether by birth, affinity or affiliation. There are those who care for us, provide

food and shelter for us, protect us, and love us. People often return to “the nest”, that

place of comfort and rest, be it a physical home or the arms of those who love us.

 

As a family (or flock!) of believers, you could say all of Assurance—both our Northlake

and our Connections campuses—is our nest; that is, our church home is one of the places

we can go to connect with others on our shared faith journeys, a place where we can rest

in God’s Word and experience His love and unending grace.

 

Fritz Chery writes, “Scripture makes it clear that God is a bird watcher and He loves and

cares about all birds. That is an awesome thing for us. If God provides for the birds when

they cry out to Him, how much more will He provide for His children!” Many of us have

been richly blessed within our families; we do not want for anything. At Assurance, as

we continue to seek ways to cultivate a culture of inclusion and to create a sense of

belonging—that sense of family, God’s family—and to reach others with God’s love, we

celebrate the ways in which we are able to provide shelter, food, and clothing to those in

need out of both campuses through Room in the Inn, Micah’s Backpack, Love in a Bag,

meals following recreational basketball at Connections, Matthew’s Closet and Matthew’s

Closet, Too (MC2).

For more information about these ministries and how you can help, please contact Pastor Susannah Pittman at susannah@assuranceumc.org

Karen Anzola

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