Thursday, February 10, 2011

Andrea's dishes

So Andrea Anderson had a blog the other day about someone leaving dishes in her car at church on Sunday. That was such an unexpected blessing for her.  But it turns out it was an unexpected blessing for me as well. It got me to thinking about how wonderful our church family really is. I can think of many instances where these wonderful people have shown acts of kindness.

There was of course when we had the fire in our house.  I have never felt so cared for in my life.  They had a "pounding" for us. If you don't know what a pounding is it is what people used to do for newlyweds.  The name is because everyone would bring them a pound of something to fill the pantry. So many people brought things to replace everything we had lost that we had to get a storage unit to keep it in.  We were provided with a place to live, food so I didn't have to cook for weeks. Not to mention the emotional support and prayers.

I know Regina Smith has a similar experience after her husband Eddie's accident.   The long trips she had to make and the time she had to spend away from would have been impossible with out this church family.

I have seen them come together to help build a house, to be a father to the fatherless, and to be a family to those whose families live far away.

I am sure it may seem to some people that the dishes in Andrea's car are a small thing compaired to a burned house or an injured spouse but it really isn't.  These things are all the same because they all show the love this church has for those who choose to adopt them as their family. I feel so blessed to be a part of it.  

I am not sure who it was that put the dishes in Andrea's car but whoever it was...Thank You because you didn't just bless the Anderson family you reminded me why I love being part of  Newington and blessed me as well.



  1. You are so right! It's had me thinking also--the dishes and the incredible response to Bobbi just needing a ride to get her car.

    I read this devotional this week that hit this perfectly. The church isn't a "service organization, a social club, an educational institution, an obligation, a hobby, or even a passion . . . It is a living organism, the actual physical body of Christ in this world."--Chris Tiegreen

    Thanks for sharing the reminder of the way things really should be in the body of Christ!

  2. Great Post Michelle. I love how little things effect other people too :)