SERMON SNAP SHOT APRIL 29, 2018

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SERMON SNAP SHOT APRIL 29, 2018

It was spring of 2006. I was in New Orleans feeling about as run down and discouraged as I had ever felt since entering full-time ministry a number of years before. We were wrapping up the third week of working in NOLA after Katrina – three trips where we saw more than 300 students and adults from all over South Carolina do some of the hardest, nastiest work…
mucking out homes with 2 feet of pluff mud…
stripping out sheetrock…
moving refrigerators and washing machines full of contaminated water that was months old.
But that wasn’t the hardest part. No, the hardest part was hearing the stories. Story after story, block after block, neighborhood after neighborhood of utter destruction and devastation. The stories were all pretty much the same: We’ve lost everything. We’ve lost family and friends. The pain and grief was simply overwhelming.
As we were waking up to begin our last full day of work that week, I was sitting outside in a chair when one of the adults on the trip, Sarah Lomax, a long-time Christian educator, walked toward me and said, “Come here…you’ve go to see this.”
We walked about 50 yards down the street where, in an empty lot which months before had been flooded with more than 20 feet of water, there was a small plant with yellow flowers growing. Knowing that I was a city boy she said, “You know what this is right – it’s a mustard plant.” The plant, only 3-4 feet tall at that point, had volunteered in that empty lot after the storm. Sarah then said, “This is a sign from God, Lane. Do you believe in mustard seeds? I sure do!”
That question, “Do you believe in mustard seeds?” became a rallying cry for us for the rest of that trip and over the next few years as we continued our mission in NOLA.
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Of course, it would be years later that I would learn about another mustard seed story that was taking root around the same time in another coastal community. Not on the Gulf of Mexico, but on the Atlantic…in a small town named Beaufort.
Around that same time – late 2015 early 2016 – there were a group of folks who were asking themselves the same question, “Do you believe in mustard seeds?” And those small seeds have grown into what we see today – Waters Edge – a vibrant, beautiful community of faith.
BE the Church Sunday is all about mustard seeds. We may not believe we are making much of a difference, but God has a way of taking something very small – a little love, a little kindness, a little faith – and, in time, growing into something far greater.
From April 29  “BE the Church Sunday” devotional, “Do You Believe in Mustard Seeds?”
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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