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June 25, 2007, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

God loves Montrose . . . do you?

Pastor Lisa Ellwoods, Jacob’s Well, Montrose

Many times people have asked me, why did you move to Montrose?

The answer that most people could relate to was that we moved here because we could get more house for our money. While this is a good and valid reason, there was more to it than that.

God called my husband and I to Montrose to begin a ministry called Jacob’s Well.

Recently, I spent a great deal of time praying for what God wanted Jacob’s Well to do in Montrose. I kept thinking that God would give me some incredible direction to go in that would bring God glory.

God didn’t give me a detailed plan or an incredible vision, but instead, a question.

Do you love Montrose?

Of course I do, I thought. But then, maybe I haven’t necessarily done a good job at living that out.

I’ve tried. I volunteered at the city and at the school. I have attended city events and promoted activities. But I feel that there is more that I could be doing. More love to go around.

My question is, what does that look like? How does unconditional love and compassion apply to a place and the people who live and reside there?

Is it about doing good for those in the community, or is there more to it than that?

I believe that God would want this community to be one that is known for its love and compassion. But, how do we get to the point that we have that kind of love for each other?

I think that it comes out of prayer.

“Lord, please give us your eyes so that we may see how you love this city. Let us show your love. Let us know what is wrong in order to make it right. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.


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