Shirley has been working in the church office, putting the bulletin together, and adding any needed information for the upcoming Sunday. She then prepares the sanctuary for the church service; cleaning up leftover cups or papers.
There is a joy that drives Shirley to continues to serve in this way. “Helping the church is working for the Lord.” There is a such a desire to serve her church and she knows she is called to do this.
Throughout this time of serving, Shirley has acknowledged how special a church family is to have. She says, “Being part of a church family, does so much – emotionally and spiritually. You have a spiritual bond with these people, more so than family who may be non-believers.” That is something special.
When her husband Jack passed away, it was a very difficult time. Through that time she was reminded that she had to dig in to her work at the church, stay in routine, and continue coming Sunday mornings because the support she had from other members was so strong.
A verse that helps Shirley on a daily basis is Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
She says of the Lord, “He is my constant companion. It is so comforting to know that.”
This is Shirley’s SPRinG Story. (Serve, Pray, and Respond in Grace).