In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
– Christina Rossetti

“In The Bleak Midwinter” is probably not a Christmas carol that everyone is familiar with as it is over a hundred years old, but it is an excellent description of what the current weather condition is at our Bethel Road Campus. Despite the earth being “hard as iron,” equipment has come on to the property, and the iron earth is being moved.

Picture the scene in your mind’s eye. Large trucks made of cold metal are equipped with a shovel, these trucks are called loaders, and yes Google was used to confirm that, men are working on these trucks or waiting to help. They are carrying with them thermoses full of hot coffee or 32 ounce Tervis cups, anything to keep the cold at bay. Slowly but surely earth gets moved, and the start of building begins.

In this cold weather, a place of warmth and love is being built. A home where one day, in the not too distant future, as a church, we will celebrate the love that is Jesus where people, like the earth on our campus, will have their hearts moved and some of them will have their hearts of stone turned into hearts of love.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give to you a heart of flesh…  Ezekiel 36:26

(post written by Mike Roberto)