“Can God love a mess like me?” Best-selling author of The Shack, William Paul Young, asked that question as he struggled with abuse, scandal and shame. The topic introduces our next Lifetree Small Group series, “Fearless Conversations: Asking Big God Questions.” You are invited to join the conversation at Crossing Community Church beginning on Thursday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m. Lifetree Small Groups are a great way to connect with people at Crossing and introduce your friends and neighbors to the church.
Speaking of messes. I was nearly a mess the Sunday before last! Such was the case when Sally and I were waiting for our children, Daniel, Kira and two friends to return from New York City. While attending the Winter Concert Series at the church, I received a call that the van they were driving, was behaving unusually. In the midst of trying to diagnose the vehicle problem over the phone, I asked Pastor Jae to pray for their safe return, to which he promptly responded. A few minutes later, I received another call from my son. The wheel had come off of the van! They had just been barreling down interstate 80 in Pennsylvania, and Daniel had pulled off the side of the highway at the last second. The final wheel stud had broken off as the van came to a rest! Needless to say, I didn’t get to stay for the second part of the concert. I was immediately headed to Pennsylvania! After numerous phone calls to AAA for a tow truck, arrangements were made for them to be picked up off the freeway by another friend who drove to the scene. They arrived safely home, much later than planned, after I picked them up near Akron. I know the Lord was watching over them and Pastor Jae’s prayer made a big difference! Praise the Lord! I am truly blessed!
I am also blessed by all of you, my church family. Sally and I wish to thank you for your friendship, prayers, love and support. We really appreciate those who have worked alongside of us in Sunday school, youth ministry activities and Lifetree Small Group. We also want to thank you for the generous Christmas gift. It is our prayer that you will have a blessed and safe new year as we look forward to serving the Lord together in 2016.