Rev is on staff at Concordia Seminary. Part of ministerial training includes Resident Field Education . . . students are assigned to local churches where they observe and participate in ministry. It’s a place where relationships are forged as they put into practice things they learn on campus.
Last month a student who serves a congregation in the heart of the city and also serves as a chaplain for the police department shared the following experience:
“Today, a church member and a newly baptized child of God (11-year-old girl), were in the neighborhood handing out flyers for our Christmas Eve service. Suddenly, gun shots began to ring out in the neighborhood. I pushed the young girl with me into an alcove, then got her across the street to the church member I was with. I then jumped the fence and ran to where the shots were.
As I approached, I saw two men on the ground, wounded. I called the police as I applied pressure to their gunshot wounds, and when they arrived there were two officers I knew well. They said these two men were gang members, and this was a gang related shooting. I stayed with the officers for a while before heading back to the church.
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I cried for the kids of that neighborhood, who experience this daily. I cried for the people who have no hope. I cried for the community, as it experiences destruction. I realized then, more than ever, how in need we are of a Savior. Come, Lord Jesus, come… Save us.” (First shared on The Meyer Minute)
I’ve had so many things on my heart and mind as I’ve thought about this:
- Yes, we each desperately need the Savior, Jesus.
- Children in every corner of the world desperately need of our prayers.
- Pastors and Seminarians are in the middle of life every day . . . they live and experience life with hurting people. They hurt. They need our prayers.
- I am thankful for people who refuse to turn away. Those who care. Those who do. Those who shine the light of Jesus.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen. Philippians 4:19–20
And now . . .
Beauty, Inspiration, Motivation, and Top Pic
Julie Lefebure at Love God, Love Others says she’s—
“a pretty simple gal, who finds joy in un-rushed mornings,
dining on colorful Fiesta dinnerware, and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.”
Julie shared the love of a special friend in
Five Simple Ways to Make Others Feel Important
Melissa writes at The World According to Plaidfuzz
Don’t you love that name?
If you’ve broken most of your 2015 resolutions already this
post is for you – If Your 2015 Isn’t Starting Our So Great
Melissa will remind you to refuse to wallow in
defeat, reject the feeling of victimization,
and focus on the One who is Victorious.
Nancy describes herself as a “lover of words and all things chocolate.”
Don’t you love her already? She writes at—
There is Grace – Where Authentic Faith Meets a Messy Life
Her post – Becoming Intentional in 2015 begins with these words:
It all happened in the same week.
I was officially pronounced “cancer free” then a few,
short days later I lost my mind…over a pair of gloves.
Go over and read the story that inspired her 2015 goal.
One more thing:
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