In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. –John 14:2
I don’t know if you have noticed, but there seem to be a lot Nancys in our church.
There are in fact 19 Nancys in the church. Supposing the church to be a house of God, we might update John 14:2, “In our Father’s house, there are many Nancys,” each one individually is dwelling place for God, each and all together make the church a place of healing and hope for others.
How many Nancys can you name? And what is it about women named Nancy, anyway? Why do we have such a cluster of Nancys in our church?
Nancy was a name given by a generation in a hopeful time, a statement of belief in positivism, hard work, and honesty.
Spiritual Engagement Ministry Board: Nancys Lackey and Keller, Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively. Building and Finance: Nancy Ulrich.
Currently, Outreach and Mission Ministry Board is Nancy-less, but this is sure to change. Neither are there Nancys currently serving on our Christian Education Ministry Board, but this board has a rich tradition of Christines (Chris, Kristi), a name which may be the next generation’s answer to Nancy.
I can tell you from experience, it is good to have a Nancy or two on your side: ditto Christine. To get things done requires a commitment to detail and follow through. Without a good attitude and faith in hard work nothing worthy gets done. These good souls are not only people in whom God dwells, but who help to make us better dwelling place for others.
What do you think is the most common name in the church for men?
I don’t know for sure, but can you think of two Nancys married to Bills? How many Williams do we have?
There are 24 Williams. There are 43 Johns. I could count the number of Barbaras, Jims, Mikes, and Deannas–do you get this beautiful picture?
We don’t think of these individuals as a group; we think of them as individual people, for it is with these people as individuals that we experience the indwelling of God.
Yet if we imagine together as one all the individual Nancys and Chistines, Williams, and Johns, and Jims, and Mikes, and Deannas–then we may see how they collectively become God’s dwelling place, the home Jesus promises.
“In my Father’s House there are many dwelling places.” Indeed.