As I look at this picture and think about the people in it (excluding the ancestors... great grandma Ware and great, great grandpa Rudd, I think), I am reminded of something very important. Church is not about a building. It is about glorifying Christ through His people. This is accomplished by our love for one another as we are unified by our love for Him.
One of the many joys of ministry is the blessing of this love shown to my babies in abundance. Betsy, holding KK while sincere prayers are lifted up on her behalf (she turns 7 on Thursday). Kim, for thinking to take this sweet picture. Ellen, keeping Ashlyn occupied as we prayed.
And many, many others.
It does take a village.
A Godly village.