We who live have received a legacy from those who’ve come before, and we who live are called to create a legacy for those who come after us.
The strong text from Romans 14 is a gift to us as we consider our life together, overwhelmed by the light of God. Whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. This strong affirmation of faith comes to us from the apostle Paul, and we want to throw our arms wide as we consider the width and the breadth of God’s amazing, amazing encompassing love. We who live have received a legacy from those who’ve come before, and we who live are called to create a legacy for those who come after us.
After Hurricane Katrina in the Mississippi Conference, I was with a work team in Biloxi. They were completing their week of good work rebuilding homes. We circled up for prayer as they prepared to depart, and one of the team members prayed this prayer. “We pray oh God for those who come next to sleep in these beds and to do the work that is needed. Bless them, give them safe travel, give them health and strength to continue the work we have started. Bless the ones who are coming behind.” she prayed.
That’s what we pray as we celebrate the ministry of Building Legacy here in the North Carolina Annual Conference. May Christ be with you as you grow in generosity and consider how you can use your resources for good.