Our church and its grand live oak trees sit on a hill on Ockley Drive (Ockley is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning "oaks"). Winds of trial and adversity have blown here for a number of years, but the tide has been turning for a while now and I could almost feel the winds blowing warmer at our last event- Ice Up South Highlands. We invited our neighborhood and community to join us for smores and music and crawfish and food trucks and a giant ice slide and the resulting convergence of thousands (a couple thousand!) people gathering among these oaks was as encouraging as it was astounding. Our staff is a God-honoring, people-loving united team and I am so grateful, but even more than that, I'm so thankful for the ways God is bolstering us, encouraging us, and enabling us to be a light. On a hill.
...They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:3