Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Writing on the Rafters

This weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in what I thought was a really cool activity. We attend a very small church (only about 100 members), so everyone knows everyone else and it's a pretty close-knit community. One of the families is in the process of building a house, and is currently living in a trailer on the land where the house is being built. Apparently the building process has been fairly slow-going, but they've been optimistic and thankful for the progress made so far.

This week, they stood up at church and invited everyone to help write Bible verses all over the framework of the house. The walls will be sheetrocked over, and the floors will be tiled or carpeted, but they'll know that their walls and floors are built on the foundation of the Bible. At the same time, they hope the positive messages will be encouraging to the many building crews that will be traipsing around as the house comes to completion.

So after church on Sunday, we headed over to join in and contribute a few verses and see what other people had written. There was writing everywhere! On the stairs, on the walls, on the door frames and ceiling beams and window frames.

Isaiah 40:31*

Unfortunately the pics came out blurry so I can't tell what verses these are. But every step had a verse.

Matt contributed part of our wedding verse** and I wrote Psalm 100***, which we have hanging on the wall in our bedroom.

It was a very cool experience, having the opportunity to gather as a community and bless the house. If we should ever build our own house, I think this is something that I would like to do.

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving (and I can't think of a relevant house-building question to end with ^_^), what are you thankful for? How have you been blessed this year?


Just in case anyone is interested:

* "... but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

** "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:4-7

*** "Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." Psalm 100:1-5


  1. I loooooooove this! Such an amazing idea!

  2. That's really neat! I love the idea of knowing there is something special underneath all of the usual trappings of a house.

    1. Absolutely! Once the house is complete no one will know but them. :)

  3. This is awesome: I love close-knit church communities and building special memories like this. When I was in high school, I remember getting to sign part of a cabin (that would be covered up, obviously) that was being built, and I still think it's cool that a part of me is a legacy in that cabin that we all helped to build!

  4. Allie, this is a wonderful idea. I would love to do this to our home if we ever remodel it.

    1. Ooh I didn't even think about doing it for a remodel! That's a great idea. We're probably more likely to remodel than build our own house, at least in the next 10-15 years.