She wants to shout from the rooftops, but can't
Posted on Fri, Jan 15, 2016
Lindsay Brant tells how Rossford UMC filled her life
Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen… But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6: 1(a), 3-4
Lindsay Brant must restrain herself every time she enters Rossford United Methodist Church.
She and her husband, Troy, came to Rossford five years ago, separated for the first time in their lives from their families, and in those five years the Rossford church family has literally become her family.
“We have had little tiny angels around us that do things without wanting accolades,” Lindsay said. “I can’t tell you how overwhelmed I am.”
Again and again, she said, little angels helped her and Troy, more often than not insisting that their deeds and gifts remain secret. Each time she comes to the church, she wants more than anything to stand and point them out, but she knows that she must honor their love and faithfulness.
“When I was pregnant with Charlie,” she said, “the outpouring of love from people, many of whom I had never even spoken to, was overwhelming.”
Church members held a baby shower, gave incredible gifts, and were present for Charlie’s birth, and now the church will be present in her family's life as they celebrate the birth of son Obadiah James earlier this week.
Lindsay’s relationship with God came first from a “super-religious” mother who approached faith very studiously and then later from her husband-to-be, who showed her how powerful personal faith can be. In many ways, she said, he helped her turn her life around.
Lindsay has taken the lessons seriously. She regularly attends worship, faithfully participates in an adult Sunday school class, has traveled to New Orleans with other church members to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, has taught a young-adult Bible study in her home for a year, and is currently assisting, despite her second pregnancy, with teaching this year’s confirmation class. In addition, she helped one year with bell choir and spent another as chair of the church’s fellowship committee.