Last week I wrote about our parish model of ministry here at All Saints East Dallas. This means “living in God’s presence and living out his love” in a particular geographic area; going to church, doing life and mission in the general area where we live.
Last Friday our associate pastor, The Rev. Chris Myers, and I had the joy to engage our local parish in this way by having a special “store blessing” for our local hardware store, Gecko Hardware. If you live in the Lake Highlands area, you’re probably familiar with Gecko. Andrea Ridout and her team have brought a wonderful intentionality to East Dallas in not only providing your run of the mill hardware stuff, but also bringing things like urban chicken raising and a butterfly garden all just off Northwest Hwy.
Friday's store blessing occurred because I went to the store one day in my clerical collar, and Andrea Ridout, Gecko’s owner, struck up a conversation with me. We began talking about All Saints East Dallas and planting in this part of the city. I expressed our love for the store and inquired about how things were going. She mentioned the ups and downs of business but expressed hope for the long haul. Then she gave me a great mint julep plant for free.
When I got home to tell Amy the story, she said, “well, did you offer to do a blessing for the store?” “No, I actually didn’t think of that.” So, I emailed Andrea, and the rest is history.
I tell you that story to say all of us have opportunities in our daily lives to bless someone. You don’t have to be priest wearing a collar to do this. All we need are hearts and ears turned to the Lord - or your spouse - and a willingness to offer help where you can, when you can. That’s all I did. I know you can do it too.
As we “live in God’s presence and live out his love” in East Dallas, let’s look for opportunities to reach out and bless our neighbor. And let’s watch God build his church through these simple acts of love and kindness in Jesus’ name.
See you Sunday -