“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act”. (Proverbs 3:27).
As we grow together, work together, plant and evangelise together, there comes a time when we pause as a Diocese, Archdeaconry or Parish to honour deserving members both young and old who have given their full measure of devotion to the development of our Church.
Life is unpredictable, life is short and fleeting because sooner or later, we will realise that we don’t have much time to have done what ought to do today.
As Anglicans and for that matter Christians, our daily interactions should be approached with the mindset of appreciating and honouring people who work with us. Especially people who are close to us: spouses, roommates, best friends, colleagues at work, children or employees.
Honouring one another is an affirmation of the importance of the person to you, your family or organization. It doesn’t cost much to show appreciation, but it costs massive boost from your workers if they know you appreciate their efforts and inputs.
As a Church, it is time to have a fix date and time on our liturgical calendar both at Parish and Archdeaconry level to honour those who have served, or are still serving not when they die or incapacitated nor when they are very old and cannot participate in the gesture.
May God bless all those who have served the Church faithfully, as PCC members, Wardens, Sunday teachers, chalice assistance, School chaplains, servers of the sanctuary, lay readers and lay preachers.
Those on the mission fields winning souls and doing rural evangelism be remembered both in cash and kind. We include with the words of Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:58 which says:-
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain”.
God bless our Diocese and all those who serve and are still serving the church. Ayekoo!