Bethel Reformed church
Bethel Reformed Church
506 West Street
Brantford, Ontario N3R 3W7
519 752-1114
   pastor@bethelreformed.ca   

Monday, July 16, 2018

      Greetings, everyone;
     
 
May grace, mercy and peace be multiplied to you in Jesus.
 
      It is wonderful to be home again. Vacations are wonderful and this one was an adventure, for sure. What grace to see all the beauty of the creation that God has allowed us to celebrate. What greater grace to have the family together through the anxiety of Brian's appendicitis. (He is fine after his surgery at a great little hospital in Summerside, PEI.) It was such a great joy to have family around us, whether it was at the seabed at Fundy, or the simple sitting in the back yard enjoy nothing but silence and a book. We had a wonderful time away.
 
      There are many things I could write about, but one thing stands out. Driving through Quebec one can not but notice the many small towns along the highway. As you came near to many of them, tall church spires begin to tower over trees and homes. Many of the towers stand out because the sunshine mirrored on them making them shine. In some cases, one can see them for miles, many with crosses at the very top reaching into the sky. To me they were reminders of the cost of our faith, and the calling to which we have been called.
 
      As I was watching towns disappearing behind us, a song came to mind. It is one that we sang a lot at Seminary, and I think in the church I grew up in. It is called, "Lift High the Cross of Christ." The chorus goes like this:
      "Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
      till all the world adore His Sacred Name."
 
      What a calling we have as believers in Jesus! The steeples remind me that I need to stand tall, shine forth the light of the Son of God, and lift high the cross, the emblem of our salvation.
 
      The beautiful steeples also brought back memories of the many churches we had seen on the island. Little white churches, many either for sale or sold. Others, like the one across the road from where we stayed, are no longer in use, except for social functions. It made me wonder if we have come to the place in history where the words of Jesus would ring true: "When the Son of Man returns will he find (the) faith on the earth?" It is a question that we need to ask of ourselves, our families and our society.
 
      May the Holy Spirit revive us to shine as lights in a darkened world, so that Jesus Christ will be adored, worshipped, and giving all the praise to God the Father.
In the love of Jesus,
bram