Scripture encouragement: Isaiah 55:10-11
The bell no longer peals on Sunday,
bidding worshippers, “Come!”
The faithful no longer smile and wave,
neighbors gathered in the common blessing of faith.
No more baptisms to be witnessed, no more vows exchanged on wedding days, no more earthly farewells. No more voices lifted in song, no more griefs made easier because they are shared, no more joy compounded by community when another storm has passed.
The lives that passed through this old country church,
have gone on to bless the lives of multitudes.
Scattered though they be, they are like the seeds,
planted in the surrounding fields each spring.
Though tended by others now,
the call to “come, know Jesus, our savior!,”
stills springs forth from those who worshipped at this old country church.
Story by Robin Lybeck