Surprise at the Bank
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20
This is not at all the blog I was planning to write for all of you to read today. However, I was met with such a beautiful surprise today I just had to share it with all of you. The story really began last April so I’ll back up a wee bit and catch you all up.
Last April I got a phone call from a delightful lady named Ann. She works for First National Bank of America in East Lansing. I
had done a presentation at her church and she was calling to see if I would be willing to come and “Evangelize the ladies at the bank.” I nearly dropped the phone…evangelize at the bank??? When I questioned that statement she told me that the bank was a wonderful place founded by Christian men based on Christian principals and it was very much a part of the fabric of the bank and its people. I said YES as fast as I could.
I have since had the pleasure of returning to the bank to speak two more times. Today I arrived to give a program called, Lights…Tinsel…Gift Wrap and A Newborn King…Using Advent as a time to prepare for a Savior and not just a Holiday! I was excited as I walked up the steps and headed inside the big, beautiful almost majestic looking bank but what awaited me as I stepped into the lobby was a surprise I wasn’t expecting.
The reception area of the bank is a beautiful collection of deep, rich wood trim, marble floors and burgundy leather sofas and chairs but what stood in the spotlight was an extensive and beautifully painted Nativity Set. Imagine walking into a huge
bank and the main attraction to visitors and patrons is Baby Jesus! It took my breath away! As I made my way to the elevator, the main hallway displayed a large lovely Christmas banner which read; For today in the city of David a Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. Luke 2:11 I stood a moment in stunned silence. Upon entering the elevator I noticed a framed work containing an excerpt from Queen Elizabeth’s 2011 Christmas address calling everyone to embrace the love of the Christ Child. A national leader embracing Christ...wow! Nearly fifty women joined together to share their lunch and ready their hearts for the Celebration of the arrival of the King!
First National Bank of America in East Lansing Michigan is a
wonderful place. I think we have a tendency to think of big business and corporate America as greedy and godless…not so at First National! It is the complete opposite and the friendship and laughter and faith I see in action there is heartwarming. Two or three or more than a hundred are gathered in His name and it shows!!! We’re quick to point out the things that are wrong with America…I wanted today’s post to point out something that is RIGHT with America! The fine folks at First National seem to understand that God is first and everything else flows from there.
A seed to plant: Find a way to share the true meaning of Christmas in a place others might not be expecting it.
Blessings on your day!
12/13/2012 08:51:03 am
Wow! That must've been a jaw-dropper! We typically don't see things and statements like that anywhere but at churches.....how beautiful! Thanks for sharing this story - it made me feel good to know that some places in the "general public" aren't afraid of being so "politically correct".
12/13/2012 12:57:03 pm
12/14/2012 03:45:36 am
Sheri, what a special day that must have been, and I felt I was right there with you through your writing. Reading about it through your eyes made my soul very happy. Thanks for that nice little start to my day. I'll be making my way into the crowds for a bit today and will be taking this little gem with me, looking for other signs of the gift of God in our world. :)
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