We've been attending a small Christ-centered fellowship church in Traralgon over the last month or so. Housed in a community hall building made of wooden-slats which must have seen better days, it is a stark contrast to some of the glossy mega-church buildings we have back home.
Within its austere facade, however, is a small group of people who have extended Christ-like welcome and warmth to our family, and through that, demonstrated how true the old adage from the hymn "They will know we are christians by our love" is.
Just to explain, at one end of the church hall, hangs two large fabric letter holders with many pockets. On each pocket, is hung the name of a church member - so that you can receive little notes and presents from each other. After just the second week of "visiting" the church, E and I were surprised to find that a tag "E and D Koh" pinned one one pocket, and "Dylan Koh" pinned to another! And in each pocket, a little note and a hand-knit bookmark for Dylan.
This morning, I found again, a little handicraft with a yarn tied to the note:
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7
A timely reminder indeed!
The full context of the verse is also timely and fitting:
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:6-8)