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May 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

The Story is Still Being Written...

Last night my son called to tell me about his day. He started a new job yesterday - the kind of job Betsy and I have been hoping and praying he'd get for a long time. He has had his ups and downs during the last decade, but he has persevered and worked hard and now life is in a much better place than it has been for him. This coming Monday - May 16 - he will celebrate 48 months sober. I am more proud of him than I can say. He will be 29 this coming December. Some people are married with children and careers by the time they reach 29. Ben was 3 years old and I had been preaching 7 years by the time I turned 29. But every person’s journey is different. We cannot use our individual stories to judge the correctness or authenticity of someone else’s journey. Our task as parents and as disciples is to do our best to point children and others to the God who has a plan for their lives, then trust God to work in and through choices and circumstances to bring that plan to fruition in his time and way. The way God has used Ben’s journey to shape me as a person and pastor calls forth deep gratitude and praise from my spirit.

 

I am so grateful that God doesn't easily give up on any of us. God allows us to make choices on our own - some of them in direct opposition to what he envisions for us. But he always finds a way to work with and within those choices to steer us back to his path for our lives, giving us the opportunity to make different choices than the ones we made before. Not long ago I was attending a continuing education event where my colleague Eric Raygor led the opening devotions. He referenced the way the book of Acts concludes “open ended” - as if there is more yet to come. Then Eric said, “The truth about Christianity is that the story is still being written.” There is good news in that statement, seems to me. If the story is still being written, God remains actively creative in your life, in my life, and in the story of the world we're living in, no matter how challenging or negative life may happen to be at any given moment. My son’s journey is real life testimony to that truth - thanks be to God!

 

One more quote from my friend Eric - from the prayer he closed his devotions with: “May your story continue to be written in the pages of our lives.” Amen,Eric……...Amen.

 

Keep lookin’ up, sisters and brothers!

Pastor D.



Comments

05-12-2016 at 8:13 PM
Colleen Holtz
Profound words I absolutely relate to.
05-12-2016 at 9:01 AM
Marie Cozad
Wonderful news of a job. Praying he will have wonderful work friends.
05-11-2016 at 11:01 PM
Becky Brammell
So happy for Ben and for you as his parents. What a great sentiment, 'that the story is still being written'.
05-11-2016 at 8:21 PM
Robyn Ohmer
Resignates with me,Pastor. Close to a detour but God nudged me just in time.
05-11-2016 at 7:55 PM
Jenny Lehman
Thank you for sharing!
05-11-2016 at 10:41 AM
Doug Burns
Well said
05-11-2016 at 9:39 AM
Susan Reitz
Thank you so much. You always say just what my spirit needs to hear. Miss Christ Church and your wisdom.
05-11-2016 at 8:08 AM
Elaine Davison
Praising God for Ben's journey and for God's love and faithfulness. You're always in my thoughts and prayers, my friend.
05-11-2016 at 7:29 AM
Christy Doody
Love, love, love this! Miss you!
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