During these past weeks in our battle with cancer it has been amazing to see God working through His body, the church. There is no way to share the impact of a verse spoken to you from our pastor in your time of need. The sermons preached on Sunday are perfectly crafted by the Holy Spirit to speak God’s Word to your spirit to be a light onto your path and a lamp unto your feet. The joy of studying the Word of God to teach others and realize the very Word you are studying is for you to enable you by faith to live the abundant life in Christ. In addition, to continue to experience the pure blessing of worshipping through corporate prayer and songs and entering the very throne room of grace. And then there’s the abundant blessing of the fellowship of believers coming up and praying for you, giving you a hug and telling you they love you. Oh how sweet it is to be a part of the body of Christ. Most of these expressions of God’s blessings happen while we gather for worship on Sundays. The even greater blessing has been to see the church mobilized and engaged in our lives every day in amazing ways. We celebrate the fact that now when we go to restaurants people from the church will see us, get up, come over and hug us and tell us they love us and are praying for us. Last night while having dinner at Saltgrass we were surrounded by several families from the church. I know that as we bowed our heads to pray for our food, the entire restaurant was wondering when Saltgrass became an extension of the Body of Christ.
We are grateful for the meals that come to our house and the fact that our neighbors are going to ask, “What is going on?” We look forward to having the opportunity to share with them the hope that is within us in Christ Jesus. We are in a new neighborhood and prayerful that the cancer will open the door to the salvation of our neighbors.
Again when asking what you can do for us, the simple answer is to love the lost and least the way you love us and thus demonstrate the amazing gift of the body of Christ. James 1:27 says “religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” It is our fervent prayer that we would all model what my mom and dad did in San Antonio when they found out that I had cancer. They prayed and asked God what they should do and He led them to continue their work in the inner city of San Antonio with our H.I.S. BridgeBuilders Branch Manager, Mel Fechner, in a community called Wheatley Courts. Over the last three weeks, over 20 people have prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. My mom shared with me that the children are so hungry to be loved; they hug you and say, “I love you.” Our heart is that as you have demonstrated so perfectly and graciously for us the blessing of the Body of Christ that you would ask God how He could use you in the same way to demonstrate His love to the lost and the least among us and in the cities of the nations of the earth.