The Greatest Generation is a book by Tom Brokaw that tells the story of the generation of Americans who were raised during the depression and went on to win World War II through their efforts in battle as well as their work on the home front. Their determination and hard work led to the rise of America as the leader of the free world. Brokaw particularly notes that this generation did what they did not for fame or recognition, but because “it was the right thing to do.” The Greatest Generation seized their moment and set the course for our nation for generations beyond their own lifetimes.
I am convinced that this is Immanuel’s “Greatest Generation” moment. We are at a point, not only in Immanuel’s history, but in the history of our community, where what we do in the next few months will affect our community “for generations beyond our own lifetimes.” We have the opportunity to build a place of worship where generations to come will be invited to follow Jesus and equipped to fulfill the purpose for which they were created by God. This work we’re preparing to do will have eternal significance as generations of people come to salvation in Jesus Christ.
Beyond our church family, though, this new building will also allow Immanuel to have an impact in our community for years to come. We will be the only church on Hoadly Road for the foreseeable future! God has placed us in a growing area of our county to be a beacon of his hope and grace. We are surrounded by schools where children and families will be impacted by our tangible expressions of God’s love through our service to them. Our very presence in the neighborhood will be a reminder that God is active in this world through his people.
The book of Joshua tells the story of another “Greatest Generation.” They entered the Promised Land, not through their own efforts, but through faith that God would work on their behalf. Like so many generations before us, may we seize this moment in humble faith, praying to God, “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (Psalm 90:17)