“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of Mine, you did for Me.” (Matthew 25:40)

An old man was walking on the beach one morning after a storm. In the distance, he could see someone moving like a dancer. As he came closer, he saw that it was a young woman picking up starfish and gently throwing them into the ocean. “Young lady, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean? “The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die.” She said. “But young lady, do you not realize that there are many miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You cannot possibly make a difference. ” The young woman listened politely, then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “It made a difference for that one.”

This parable has been told and retold but it never gets old for me. I rue the times I did nothing because I couldn’t do it perfectly and I celebrate the moments where I know that some things, however small, I did made a difference for a friend, a colleague or a family member.

As we celebrate 10 years of “being church” together, I can’t help but be honored to be part of this amazing group of people that call themselves GGCC. I love that we care deeply about each other, the community we live in and the world around us; I delight in the knowing that as we worship together, we also understand the value of opening our hearts and not just our checkbooks to make little differences that add up to the larger change we wish to see. What a blessing this small but caring group has been; I look forward to many more years of going Up, In and OUT with each one of you.

Mary McManigle

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