When we first heard of the tragic fire that ripped through the Gloria Dei building, our first concerns were for the well-being of the people who worship there and those who depend upon it as a refuge. As I drove from the Twin Cities with Mary, I wondered what I would see upon arrival. I prayed and thought about what the congregation was dealing with. It did not take long, though, for me to move back into focusing on my own responsibilities for the evening in Duluth. When my day’s work was done, my thoughts returned to Gloria Dei, and I again wondered about their future.
The Spirit of God corrected me. Neither the future nor the present belong to Gloria Dei alone. All followers of Jesus Christ, especially those of our community, share these moments and days. The future should emerge as the product of what we do together as one body. A part of the body is wounded and we are all affected. A part is in need and we are called and equipped in Christ to bring healing and restoration.
Each of us has good to give. Let us give what we have that is needed and we will see the Lord move miraculously in His Body.
Here’s a link to Gloria Dei’s website where you will be able to check in for information concerning ways to support. Gloria Dei’s website
Rev. Richard H. Coleman