You think your church has problems? Imagine your church building closing and your denomination telling you that it can’t afford to fund a pastor. Imagine trying then to keep alive the vision of a vital congregation and taking on the cleaning and maintenance of the building while you wait—for 40 years. Eighty-six-year-old Agnes Merton is that visionary in Light from Heaven, Jan Karon’s latest book in the Mitford series.
Agnes and her son clean and polish pews and floors in a sweet, rustic chapel somewhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, never wavering in their trust that one day a pastor will show up. Seems like a long shot. But retired Episcopal priest Tim Kavanagh has just received the call to go to Holy Trinity: “Get it up and running, ASAP,” says his bishop. Everything will be all right now. We’re in Mitford.