One of our desires in WM is to serve every age of woman well in our body. Based on the scriptures below and the desire to be intentional in embracing this privileged gift of service we want to be practicing tangible ways of encouraging and supporting the “distance runners” (older women) in our church.
Psalms 71: 18-19: So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Your righteousness, O God reaches, the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?
2 Cor. 4:16: So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
1 Thess. 5:11: Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Psalms 73:26: My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
One might, with some imagination, call this new emphasis in ministry The Cicada Chorus. The Cicada begins its life in the dirt, it climbs through life above ground and at the right time sheds its exoskeleton and emerges with wings to soar and sing. A very simplified understanding. And this is the privilege and admonition we have- to walk together through this life, encouraging, supporting and helping each other to believe, hold onto the hope of the gospel, and proclaim the goodness of God to the next generations until the time we shed our “exoskeleton and soar and sing” when our faith becomes sight.
Now as we hear the cicadas in the trees singing their loud praises to God, may we remember the faithful service of those “distance runners” and may we now look to bless those who have spent their lives blessing others.
Chris Wissmann is a native Newport News-ian, Hymn lover, nature lover, foodie, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Currently adjusting to her new role as caregiver to her Mom and new life style as empty nester, still learning how to love her husband and confess her sins.
Here you can read perspectives on life, ministry and God's Word from a variety of PCC's female leaders.