I was getting dressed to take Kyle’s parents out for dinner when I was called from my room, shoeless with wet hair, to see the flames that were about to crack the kitchen windows and the sparks that were already raining into our beloved study. In some ways, it seems like that just happened and in others, it feels it was an eternity ago. We are still recovering and healing and that is a process that is far from over. There’s lots that’s up in the air and uncertain about our lives like where we’re going to live (a great brand new house and a practically new pool and mission house are probably going to be on the market soon) and where we’re called to worship (we are still visiting lots of places and have really enjoyed bumping into some of you as we have).
But this Saturday–one year to the day after a three alarm fire burned down our home–we want to pause and remember what happened. We want to celebrate that God didn’t allow any person (including the many wonderful firefighters who were working in temperatures well over 100 degrees to put out the fire) to be hurt. We want to call God our Savior and Redeemer and the Lover of our Souls. We want to say we trust His goodness and that, with His power, we take authority over the evil one who has pulled out the stops to steal, kill, and destroy our family.
On the morning of August 13th, we are going to Oliver Circle and the home that is in the process of being reconstructed. We are going to pray and have communion. And, like I said in my previous post, we would sure love it if you would pray for us, too. Anytime is great but we’d especially appreciate your intercession on Saturday. If you don’t mind, leave me a comment so we can celebrate all our friends who are joining us in seeking God.
Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
Do return, O LORD; how long will it be?
And be sorry for Your servants.
O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness,
That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us,
And the years we have seen evil.
Let Your work appear to Your servants
And Your majesty to their children.
Psalm 90:1-2; 13-16
But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!”
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.”