“I will be your God throughout your lifetime – – until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” Isaiah 46:4
The purpose of this Memories and Reflections project is to provide the Members of Meadowbrook Church with meaningful, purposeful, and important testimonies of its Seniors. The Seniors are presenting this project as a gift to the Meadowbrook community, a compilation of memories and reflections of the church’s history. History is important; should history not be documented, our recollection of history will be fragmented, incomplete, and most likely inaccurate.
Rather than presenting a document of the church’s timeline or a document providing detail of individual events in the church’s history, the focus will be on each Senior’s individual thoughts, reflections, and memories on specific topics. Each Senior will present their own stories briefly, with a document one or two pages in length.
…And who doesn’t like stories? We learn from stories. We identify with stories. There are stories with humor and stories about facing obstacles and disappointments. The Senior Members of Meadowbrook Church are a diverse group, and they share with great wisdom. Many have walked with our Lord many years.
“Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.” Deuteronomy 32: 7
“Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” Job 12: 12
Another purpose of history, and reflected in the stories of Meadowbrook Church Seniors, is to “pass the baton” to the younger generations of the church’s congregation. These reflections and memories demonstrate that we serve a God who is faithful, and hope lies in the future. The stories show the importance of service to the church and responding to the calls God makes on each of our lives. Jesus loves His people and desires us to be part of His vine.
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” John 15: 4 – 9