When I was at Harding this week during the Bible Lectureship, I picked up a magazine Harding produces called Abundant Living. In this issue (volume 4, number 4, July 2011) one of my heroes in the faith Bruce McLarty wrote a one page article I really liked and wanted to share it with you (found on page 31 in said magazine).
Here it is: “Miranda Lambert’s touching song, ‘The House that Built Me’, tells the story of a girl who makes a trip back to the place where she grew up. As the song starts, she goes to the front door and begins talking to the woman who now lives there. Noticing her childish handprints in the concrete on the front steps, she remembers when the house was nothing more than her mother’s dream and how her daddy built it ‘nail by nail and board by board’. The connections are deep wherever she turns. Walking through the old memories, she sings lovingly about what she calls the ‘house that built me’.
“Yesterday, my wife and I drove across the Delta between Searcy, AR and Memphis, TN, to visit the church that built me, the Holmes Road church of Christ. My family and I moved to Memphis when I was 1o years old, and we soon placed membership there. I was baptized there a couple of years later. I well remember standing in the hallway that night with my hair still wet, being hugged and affirmed by what seemed like everyone in the church.
“A few years later, I preached my first ‘sermon’ in that pulpit on a Wednesday night- a five minute message that contained everything I knew and required all the courage my young heart could muster. Once again, I was hugged and affirmed by the whole church. That night, a lot of older members, many of whom have now gone home to be with the Lord, looked me in the eyes and said, ‘Son, you need to be a preacher’. This was, indeed, the church that built me.
“After college, the Holmes Road church invited me to work with them as one of their ministers, supported us when we went to Africa as missionaries, and welcomed us home when we returned. I’ve been gone from there for 25 years now, but that special congregation remains ‘the church that built me’. I wonder today if that group had a sense that God had raised them up ‘for such a time as this’- to help build me and other children who grew up at Holmes Road” (article written by magazine editor Bruce McLarty in Abundant Living volume 4, number 4, July 2011, p. 31).
I really liked this article and hope you do too. God bless. Grace and Peace.