Our congregation, pastors, and staff write devotionals to help us experience the seasons of Lent (before Easter) and Advent (before Christmas) more fully. They are posted below with the most recent on top and do not post until the season begins.

March 25, 2017

Heidi Launer

Hi, I’m Heidi Launer. My husband, Jerrold, and I have been worshipping here since 2005. It’s been a privilege to be a part of this community, both serving on the staff (I am the Sr. Communications Director) and various volunteer roles over the years. Our three children have gone through Bel Air’s amazing weekday infant/toddler and preschool program and have been shown the love of Jesus through dozens of teachers, congregants, and staff.

One of the ways that I draw closer to God is through our children (ages four, five, and eight). Almost every day I find myself saying something in loving correction to one of the kids that time and time again acts as a reminder of what God wants me to hear. Something like, “I know you want to do this but it’s not safe.” Or, “We want the best for you. Do you trust mommy and daddy?” It all comes down to trust. Do I really trust that God has my best in mind? Am I willing to trust Him to see things I can’t? I am still learning to trust God’s still, small voice through the Holy Spirit’s leading. I am learning to seek Him first.

When the woman in this passage saw Jesus, she immediately drew near and literally poured out everything she had of value at His feet, weeping in tearful praise. She knew she was unworthy and yet she received only loving acceptance from our Lord. In Him, she found something of more value than all she had before. The Scriptures are clear that:

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to humankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

There’s a song that’s been resonating with me lately called, “Spirit of the Living God” by Vertical Church Band. I invite you to take a listen and read the lyrics alongside. Here’s part of what speaks to me:
“When You come in the room,
When You do what only You can do.
It changes us, it changes what we see
and what we seek.
It changes everything!”

That’s my prayer for myself and for you this Lenten season. That we would draw near to Jesus; that we would fall at His feet and offer up all that we are, for His purposes. When He comes in to the depths of our hearts, He changes everything. If you haven’t invited Him into your heart, perhaps today is the day. Call the church office and ask to speak with one of the pastors.




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