Daniel Hamlin and his family are five of the neatest people you will ever meet. They came to OVCF just a tad over a year ago in a search for something different than what he/they had grown up in. They were also concerned for their three children (one a teen and another real close and an adorable young girl). So he actually first heard of OVCF from living in the community about all his life, but when Daniel started searching with earnest his father told him about us. Daniel checked out the church website and then a few podcasts. Something resonated in him and a “chance” encounter with him at a local restaurant (we were supposed to eat somewhere else) led to him coming to OVCF. They have not left (that’s a good thing…a very good thing). He is a fine young man who wants to seek God with all his heart and wants to lead his family that way also. The following is what he posted on FB after helping with the Thanksgiving Dinner the church puts on annually.
Today, our church provided Thanksgiving meals to the community. At one point my family was tasked with delivering 5 meals to a local low-income motel. As we stepped out of the car I realized that we were probably not relatable to those who were receiving the food. I had grabbed my LL Bean jacket, the boys were wearing Nike shoes and shorts (yes, shorts in November), we were a clean cut family. One lady asked us to come in to her apartment. After passing through the blanket that draped the door we enter her cluttered, dark apartment. She had no kitchen table and had an aged container of Ramen noodles sitting on the stove. We delivered her the prepared meal and she became emotional, expressing thanks for the food. Amy asked her if she had any Christmas needs and she responded that she would like prayer for her son who suffers from scoliosis.
As I reflect back on this, it brings new appreciation for the Incarnation. Just as I felt that our appearance would make us not relatable to those we were serving, if Jesus had come to earth in all of his power and glory we would not be able to relate to him. Instead, he came to earth as a baby, grew up as a man, was tested, tempted, beaten, suffered loss and eventually killed. I’m thankful that because of God’s grace and his love for us, Christ made himself relatable by becoming human.
And that, my friends, is the reason for the season.
I would say Daniel has it right. Not only that…do you see any doubt he will be able to lead his family well? I don’t.