About 24 months ago, as I was considering a move to Houston, I prayed that God would send me a sign so I would know his will for my life. He sent a huge rainstorm that flooded two classrooms at the school where I worked; a flood of the magnitude that happens only once every one hundred years in the deserts of Arizona. This was my sign. It was time for me to move to Texas.
After moving to The Woodlands, God led me to Trinity Episcopal Church. Shortly after accepting the role as Director of the Day School at Trinity, God again sent a huge rainstorm which flooded the school building. In my mind, this was God telling me I had come full circle and had landed in the right place.
But this was a much bigger rainstorm and the TEDS building needed a lot work before it would be ready for students to again learn within its walls. The saying is, “It takes a village.” Well, the village of Trinity Episcopal Church truly stepped up to the plate. From day one, parishioners were in the building moving, cleaning, and working hard to save as much as possible. Due to the water and termite damage, the building was reduced to studs and concrete floors. Trinity offered daily support to TEDS. Roger Sykes and Richard Bosley almost moved in, spending day and night working in the building. What a difference they made!
As the building started to come back to life, a call went out for help on a Saturday workday. The Trinity family came out in force. TEDS board members, parish members, TEDS staff, and Trinity teenagers came to begin to put things back in order.
Then we held a second workday about two weeks later. I was not sure if anyone would show up. The Trinity family showed me what a special place this is. Once again, board members, TEDS staff, and members of the parish came in large numbers; cleaning, assembling furniture, and let’s not forget the wonderful ladies who spent hours organizing the over 3,000 books in the TEDS Library.
1 Peter 4:10 tells us:
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
The Trinity family showed God’s grace in abundance.
I am a life-long Episcopalian who has been a part of many Episcopal churches. I can tell you this; Trinity is a special place because of the people who give so generously of their time and talents. What a difference you made for your Day School this summer, and what a blessing it is to me to have joined a parish family that shows God’s grace at every turn.