Thursday, December 13, 2007

Season of Blessings

God has been giving By Design numerous opportunities to minister lately in arenas outside of the church walls. One of the latest ones was at the Gwinnett County Victims of Violent Crimes Vigil. This was the third year in a row that we have been asked to participate in the event. Here is the neat thing.... in a time when people are so quick to try and shut God out of all public buildings and ceremonies, the Gwinnett County District Attorney's office boldly allows us to come in and minister however we are lead with Christian songs proclaiming Jesus as Lord in the middle of the Justice Administration Building. Each year we pray about what God would have us to share in song with the families whose loved ones have been murdered. There are no protests, no negative words about the Christian emphasis only kind smiles from people who are hurting because of the senseless violence that has invaded their lives. At the end of each vigil, numerous people always come up to say thanks. There even have been a few that tell us that they look for us every year and can't wait to hear what we will sing. It truly is one of the highlights of our ministry each year.

Praise God for public officials who will not bend to the pressures of society to make everything "politically correct" but know that the Holy Spirit is the one true comforter and will allow Him to come and give peace in the midst of the storms. And, we continually thank God for allowing us to be His instruments.