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Pay It Forward

“And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to [Jesus] a blind man and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly” (Mark 8:22–25).

Dear Evergreen family,

You and I understand that Jesus is more than our Savior. Jesus is also our Lord. This means following. This means doing as he did.

We can’t do anything like this these days. COVID-19 restrictions mean that handshakes have been replaced by waves. Hugs are hard to come by. Laying hands on someone would be scandalous. Spitting in someone’s eyes is totally out of the question. It’s hard to get close. It’s harder to follow Jesus these days because Jesus was up close and personal with people. Our discipleship is incomplete these days. We can feel it in our bones.

Until hugs are commonplace again, we need to get creative. So, here at Evergreen, we’re taking an initiative called “Pay it Forward.” The idea is simple. If you’re in line ahead of someone at a drive through (or in a store, perhaps), pay their bill, hand the cashier a card, and that card is given to the person behind you whose bill you paid. It will let them know that you care. It will let them know God cares. It will let them know that Evergreen cares. It’s not exactly a hug, but it’s not bad either. Excited to try this? Be on the lookout for printable copies of this card by e-mail and hard copies of the card at church on Sunday!

May God bless us all.

Your Fellow Minister in Christ,


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