I haven’t had time to place in perspective what I experienced over a 3 day period that was so eventful, it has made an impact on me personally. September 23-25, 2016 will be one of those weekends that will forever be one that is talked about for me personally.
On Friday, Sep 23, our family loaded up the minivan to head north to Granary, Texas for a close friend’s wedding. The young woman that was getting married happened to be one of our former youth at one of the previous churches that I had served. No, I wasn’t officiating the ceremony as many of the weddings that I attend. I was going along for the enjoyment of being a regular participant. Pastor seldom are able just to be. We are usually always on and participating in our calling, but not this time. My wife would be the one that was “on” for this exciting chapter of life. She was asked to do the photography for this event. Lucy has a love of capturing moments in time that grasp at our heartstrings. She does photos for fun.
Saturday, Sep 24, was a great morning. We spent time with our 3 grandchildren, and daughter-in-law in the hotel lobby where we were staying. Anytime we get to see our family is a good day! We spent an hour with them, talking, hugging, dancing, and just enjoying each other’s company. Papa (that’s me) was able to groove to some music with our youngest grandchild who adores music. He isn’t yet 2, but has an eclectic palate for music already. That has a lot to do with our oldest son, who is a very talented musician and songwriter.
Then, Lucy was off and running from 11 am through the need of the night, which ended at 9 pm. 10 hours of clicking a camera at every bite eaten, make-up placed, bridesmaids and groomsmen preparing for the big day. At 5:30 in the afternoon, the wedding was on. I was sitting with our children in the middle of many of our closest friends. The pastor did a really great job, mixing in very current aspects of the lives of the husband and bride to be. I learned a lot just being able to participate from the “regular” side. Ceremony, food, and dancing all within a few hours and just like that it was off to the honeymoon for the newlyweds. Our weekend was far from over. We had to get back to the hotel and get some shut eye so we could awake by 3 am to make it back to Del Rio in order for me to preach.
Sunday, Sep 25, 3 am, we leave only to be greeted by downpours of rain on and off throughout our 6 hour journey. We ran over several different wildlife that were in the road and thank God, we made it back just in time for all of us to shower and get prepared for our 11 am service. This service would be different. I was preaching at friend’s church as part of our vision to unite congregations in order to better be the united body of Christ. As time approached for me to preach, we were able to worship with an amazing praise team at the church.
Time, for me to preach. I was preaching a text fr0m John 1 titled “Just Believe.” The congregation of about 350, were totally engaged and God was able to speak through me by the power of the Holy Spirit. During the invitation, 7 lives were added into the Kingdom of God through a saving relationship with the living God! Wow, I was overwhelmed with a sense of gratefulness toward God for these new souls added to the Lamb’s Book of Life. The day was far from over.
After church, we grabbed a bite and was able to relax for awhile. During the afternoon, we had our marriage class for our City Church husbands and wives. Then, at about 7 pm, 10 pastors from around the city came together at our house to enjoy a time of fellowship with all kinds of food. We were there to watch the Cowboys do their thing. We ended the evening with a sense of fulfillment that God could bring together pastors from different walks of life, different backgrounds, different denominations, and different languages. Only God!
This was a weekend like no other. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,