Norman Vincent Peale played in the aisles of this church when he was 2 yrs old. In 1975 he came back to this church and spoke. One of the last memories I have of being in church with my mom was in this church, on Mother’s day, 5 months before she passed. I was humbled and honored to speak there today as the village of Highland celebrates 200 years. So much rich heritage and history shared. Families, generations deep, who love the Lord. It was evident a lot of time and love had been spent on this event.
Diana spoke of leaving our children a legacy, a heritage, writing our stories down. When I spoke I mentioned that when my mom passed I looked for something to make me feel closer to her. Something in her handwriting. One day, I found it. She had hand-written a prayer for me in a book she gave me. I’m sure I appreciated the book at the time it was received. But when she was gone? That book became priceless! Her hand-written prayer? That I had a “holy boldness to share God’s love.” Well Momma, your prayer for me has been answered! I am sharing the love of Jesus wherever I go. And today? I got to share it with family and friends back home.
My friend Andrea told me today that a fortress was used to store swords, shields and articles that would remind the people of that time what God had delivered them from. In the bible God often instructed his people to stack stones & build a “reminder”. I encourage you today, build those stones with your children and grandchildren. Share with them what the Lord has seen you through. Leave a legacy. Build their faith.
And now? I’m signing off to write to my grandson Cade so a future generation is left with a legacy of how good our God is to those who humble themselves before him and believe.
“Sink your roots in him and build on him. Be strengthened by the faith that you were taught, and overflow with thanksgiving.” – Colossians 2:7