It’s early and I have a full day starting with an early hospital call, meetings, people who need a visit from their pastor, two messages and a Sunday School lesson to prepare for, counseling and a dinner meeting all ahead of me today. I wanted to get an issue of the Stonebridge Newsletter out to you before my creativity was crushed with business.
Toward Prayer Meeting time last night the wind blew hard. Even the stubborn, now-yellow leaves in the Red Maple in the backyard were yielding their grip and blowing down. In the November sky the moon was full next to a bright star whose name I don’t know. Still it’s a beautiful time of the year. Our Heidi and her Austin live west of us across Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. We stay in close contact with them. She is going to have our first granddaughter in February, Lord willing. She says it’s snowing there, so it won’t be long and we will all feel the grip of winter tightening. For now we lie in bed in the night and hear the wind outside and the comforting sound of the gurgling furnace keeping Granville Cottage warm and we thank God for his goodness. It’s nice to have a warm place to live and people to share it with you.
by Ken Pierpont
Sometimes we are blessed over and over again by the quiet service of quiet people who love us and love the Lord. My brother Kevin is such a quiet servant. He and his wife Carolyn raise their eight delightful children in what we call the North Country. He is a pastor. His church is in Higgins Lake. Higgins Lake might be one of Michigan’s best kept secrets.
The State Park on the north edge of Higgins Lake has a beautiful camp-ground and a beach like none I have ever seen anywhere. You can sit under a tree and watch the water or wade out two or three hundred yards in crystal-clear water before it gets up to your chin. (I would wait until next summer before I try this).
Kevin and Carolyn have been there almost a decade serving the church faithfully. I never visit them without driving away with a glad, humble heart to see the beauty and order of a Christian home.
Without Kevin there would be no Stonebridge Newsletter. There would be no www.kenpierpont.com. Without Kevin other websites and ministries would be missing or tended-to by someone else. He has been my tech-support, encourager, friend and confidant for years. My admiration and gratefulness for him grows continually. I will hear him giving almost 24-hour over-the-phone tech-support to Lois or Holly or one of the family. He never seems put-off helping us untie our knots and post our pictures and thoughts.
I was thinking of him this morning while I was writing because of something he is doing now that I hope he continues. On his blog he is posting “North Country Notes” from time to time. They are good reading. I wanted to send you his way and, though he really doesn’t thrive on public attention, I wanted to use my “cyber-voice” to thank him for quietly serving me and bringing honor to our Savior, the Lord Jesus.
Carolyn is a home-schooling mother of eight who walks and blogs and takes and posts photos actively. You can visit her here.
Kevin’s North-Country notes and messages can be read and listened-to here.
Thank God for his quiet servants. If you are one of them, thank God for you.
Little is much when God is in it
Labor not for wealth or fame
There’s a crown and you can win it
If you run in Jesus’ name
November 10, 2011