Monday, September 5, 2011

Update on our son

Three days ago our son was injured in an accidental shooting. If you don't already know that story, see my previous post. But today our entire family met at Steak N Shake for half-price shakes during happy hour! I'm still amazed. Kyle is only in the beginning of his recovery, but we still marvel at God's grace and goodness. We are so thankful for the prayers and loving words from so many of you. God truly blessed and protected Kyle and continues to do so. He is to be on "light duty" for at least a couple of weeks, then go back to the doc for a check up. He seems to have minimal pain and is able to slowly do just about anything he feels like doing, like go out for a shake, especially if Dad is buying!
Next to our biological family, the people in our church family are the closest people we have in our lives. We truly love our church family. I am called to be a pastor, a shepherd of a flock of God's people. Through this latest "adventure" I realize in a fresh way that, while I may be one of the shepherds, all of our people are the ministers. We have been ministered to beautifully by our spiritual family. This has been a picture of the Body of Christ in action. And because of how my family and I have been ministered to, I feel energized and refreshed to minister. God put us on earth in a physical family, and through faith in Christ, God puts us in a spiritual family. We need each other. Romans 12:5 says, "In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others" (NIV). I am so very thankful for the faith family we belong to called Marshfield First Baptist.
Wherever you are as you read these words, my prayer for you is that you know what it means to be a part of God's family by putting your faith in Jesus, God's son, and that you connect with a church family who ministers to you and through whom you can minister. We try to bring it all down to three words for our church family: worship, grow, serve. After the weekend's events I am worshiping our Lord with fresh love and gratefulness; I think I am growing - I know there's more growth needed; and out of all of this I have a new desire to serve, to give back because God has given so much to me.
Thank you for ministering to us and for continuing to pray for Kyle's complete recovery.

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