Recently I was in my hometown, a small community in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The early morning air is rendering a chill as fall approaches but walking before the town begins to bustle has always been a joy.
This university town has always maintained a steady economic base. More university structures have been built over the years but little else changed.
On my several block walk, I walked passed 4 church buildings. Three of the four are no longer serving as churches. One was an engineer’s office. Tall stained glass windows remain, surrounding a spacious sanctuary of the “once was” brick structure. Further down the street was a smaller brick church building remains unoccupied with an empty marquee that then announced the week’s sermon. Another building houses an art supply store.
The only church building that continues to serve is the Catholic Newman Center close to campus.
Now I know my morning walk was hardly a definitive church survey. I know new churches have been built in town and that others continue to thrive. Yet I couldn’t help thinking how diminished the Word of the Lord is these days. The closed church I grew up in across town has been used as a dance studio for students in an adjoining private school. The school property once served as the church manse.
The question remains, “What have we to hand off to the next generation of folks coming along?”
Someone built and occupied those churches.
Our prayer is for these churches to be revived.
Our prayer is Revival.
God’s Spirit Poured Out
“And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions.”