This past weekend, Crossroads Community Church of IL and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Ann Arbor MI celebrated the dedication of two new homes in our community. These churches spearheaded the double house project that gave two widows in Lakeshore new homes.
At the dedication, I quoted from the Augsburg Confession . In article XVIII, Augustine speaks of “good works” and specifically references “works which spring from the good in nature, such as, willing to labor in the field, to eat and drink, to have a friend…, to build a house…, to learn divers useful arts, or whatsoever good pertains to this life.” He then adds, “For all of these things are not without dependence on the providence of God; yea, of Him and through Him they are and have their being.”
We praise God for the “good works” exemplified by so many volunteers from across the country, in their “willingness to labor” for the cause of Christ and the good of our communities’ recovery. We praise God for His providential grace as we make lasting friendships, symbolized by these two houses – two neighbors – two friends.