Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, SO THAT we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
I had a kingdom moment the other day that I simply must share.
I went to the Roanoke Airport to pick up our Archbishop, Foley Beach, who flew in to visit Archbishop Kwashi and his wife Mama Gloria. As you all know, Archbishop Kwashi is here for cancer surgery and treatments.
When I arrived at the airport in the little 2-minute park and unload area, I noticed a 50 some year-old man sitting on the wall in front of the airport. He was on his cell phone and wailing with many tears streaming down his face. It was hard to watch.
I got out of my car and walked toward him. I felt super awkward but felt the Holy Spirit say, “GO.” So, I did.
As I came up to this man, in this most hard and holy moment, all I could manage to say was something which was in hindsight was pretty stupid:
“Sir, are you alright?”
Weeping and bawling, he hung up his phone and said, “NO. I just found out that my sweet wife died in her sleep last night.” And the tidal wave of tears came again, and his body shook.
Very aware of Covid, I wasn’t sure what to do but the Spirit said to go offer to pray for him. So, I did. I asked his permission to lay hands on him and pray.
As I prayed words of scripture, mercy and intercession over this sweet man, he just wept uncontrollably. The Holy Spirit was there. God with us.
After some time, we stopped, and I asked him where he was from and if he needed help. He told me he was from Mississippi. I asked if he had a pastor or some friends who could walk with him. He did!
So, I offered him my number and said a goodbye.
What does this real-life event teach us?
- God uses His people for His Glory.
- God uses His people to minister life and hope to the brokenhearted.
- God doesn’t need us to be fancy pray-ers, just available when He opens a door.
- Not a sparrow falls to the ground outside the Father’s care.
On another important note, following our By Laws, we present to the congregation our vetted slate of vestry nominees. Their main job is praying for parishioners with me, making sure we focus on our mission, and to provide financial accountability for our church family.
If you know of any reason why one of these friends may not serve, please call or email me with your name appended and share your concerns. We had several strong women nominated, but they all said they were too busy to serve at this time but perhaps in the future.
If we hear nothing substantive to disqualify, those listed below will rotate onto vestry on January 1st.