“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” Rev. 7:9
As Bonnie Hellums was walking down the hall of the church a couple of Sundays ago, she happened to hear a woman, with a foreign accent, asking a church greeter how to find the Encounter Service. The lady was there with a little boy. Bonnie said she was going to the service and would be glad to show them where it was. On the way down the hall Bonnie asked her where she was from. Czechoslovakia was the answer. Then Bonnie, in fluent Czech, said “good morning” to her and “welcome!” The woman and boy were astonished.
Then Bonnie asked the little boy if he liked to dance. He nodded and Bonnie sang a traditional “Ring-Around-The-Rosey” song to him in Czech and the two of them danced around together right there in the Bride’s Walk hallway. The child and mother were thrilled to death, and I imagine felt so warmly welcomed into the St. Luke’s family.
It turns out that Bonnie’s grandparents had come to America years ago and had taught their granddaughter some of the Czech language.
We ask to witness a “God moment”, a place in time where the creator of the universe orchestrates a most unexpected happening with his print all over it. What are the odds, in this huge church building, with so many halls, with so many people, with so many services, that God should put these three people together?
Lord, we pray that you will give us eyes to see and hearts to receive your dance of love.