Posted by: everynation | February 23, 2008

Going Green

Garry Sennaby Garry Senna

We have been remodeling our sanctuary and made the decision to “go green” with our stage. By that I mean we found reclaimed wood from a 1927 building in Washington State and put it down instead of carpet. If only I knew how much green ($) going green would cost I think I might have reconsidered the decision. First we had to drive about 85 miles to get the wood, buy about 50% more than we needed so we could sort through it, unload it – reload it to drive it another 80 miles to have it planned down – unload it again – install it – you get the idea.

It looks beautiful but what a price we have paid to “ransom” this wood from the salvage yard. It reminds me of the price that Jesus paid to redeem us from the salvage yard we find ourselves in. He left the comforts of Heaven to venture into our world – at the greatest price – his life -to redeem us.

Often I have thought that this wood was simply not worth the cost, a thought that NEVER has crossed the mind of Jesus regarding us. He looks at our lives and the mess we can get into and still sees beauty and value in us. I am beginning to look with a little bit of pride at the stage, knowing we have done our part (even a small part) in caring for the environment – my hope and prayer, and, this may sound silly is that our stage could be a physical representation for those that come into our church of what Jesus can do for us spiritually as we allow Him to redeem our lives.

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.

John 3:16

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