LETTER: Grace is setting good example

Nov. 28, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

After reading the article in The Herald titled “Saving Grace,” I decided to write to share with you what Grace Chapel Church means to me.

I am not a member of this church, but I had always heard of all the good things Grace Chapel has done in this community. But I found out firsthand three years ago that they not only help the people in their own church, but they reach out to help all people who are in need in difficult times.

After my son’s death, one of the first people to come to my house was Rudy Holland, the minister of Grace Chapel. By lunchtime, they were bringing a tray of food. They offered to let me have his funeral at their church because he didn’t live here, but I told them he had a church family at Crossroads Church. Lots of members sent cards, food and dropped by to check on me to see if I was ok.

They offered to bring lunch the day of the funeral, and then on Sunday after church, the minister came to our home and prayed with us. At Christmas, I was invited to a dinner for parents who had lost their children. What a blessing that was to be around other parents who knew how I felt. Every year since then, they have invited me back. Many of the people I shared dinner with didn’t attend Grace Chapel either, but they also received a blessing just as I did.

They have widows’ luncheon for people who have lost their spouses. They take people on day trips to different places in this state. They never want anything in return but to help people in spiritual need.

This church is setting a good example for all of us by living by the “Golden Rule.”

If more people would reach out to others in time of difficulties in their life regardless of race, gender or church affiliation, what a wonderful world it would be.

I’m sure many of you also could share a story about what Grace Chapel has meant to you.

Now Grace Chapel is reaching out to us in its time of need. They need a helping hand. If you feel led to do so, please consider saying a prayer or sending a note or donation. I’m sure they would appreciate it, and you would really be the one to receive a blessing.

Brenda Tucker

Sanford