Yesterday I spent some time with Shep & Nancy Woolford at Mercy Hospital where Nancy is dealing with some heart issues. I hope by the time you read this, she is home recovering. For those who haven’t had the privilege of knowing the Woolfords, I can let you know that 30 minutes with them is as powerful as any sermon or message I have ever heard.
Shep is almost 92, Nancy 88. They have been part of what we call The Downtown Church (forever St. Paul to them) for 64 years. They have prayed and financially supported generations of people who have passed through the doors of this church. They keep their membership vows as sacred - prayers, presence, gifts, service, and testimony.
They are sold out followers of Jesus Christ. I can see it in their eyes as each Sunday they look lovingly on the new people the Holy Spirit brings each week. I can hear it in their laughter as they watch our Downtown Kids run over one another on their way to hear a children’s message. I can feel it in their presence as they always ask about me, my family, my needs, my hopes and dreams.
Nancy and Shep preach with their lives. They speak better than I ever could about the incredible joy of knowing Jesus Christ. And as they reach the winter of their days, they simply and beautifully state they have had it all: loving friends and family, children they are proud of, and a church that has given them purpose.
May we all be deserving of such an incredible legacy of love.
See you Sunday,