"My hope, faith, and trust are in no man or woman. This is a painful lesson that has been learned in the church and through a small handful of believers over the years, ironically. My hope, faith, and trust are in One, and in Him alone. This is not to address the past, but to speak of the valuable lessons learned from it. It is also not in reference to where our family is now and has been the last few years, but rather in reference to the blessed broken road that led us here.
When you walk through deep pain and loss, loss of relationships and former havens particularly, especially if these are associated with the church, people tend to move one of two ways... Away from the church altogether, or continuing on with their mission and calling. For us, the pain ultimately clarified our calling. We serve God alone, and loving and serving people, along with using our gifts to help the local church body, fall under that calling. Walking through the deepest pain I (we) have ever been through to this point was actually and ultimately the most freeing. I no longer look to man or woman- friends, family, or strangers, to save me, to value me, or to validate me. God is and will always be my only Resource in Whom to find these things. My eyes are not so much on this world as they are looking toward the Kingdom for which we were created.
As a people, we will prosper if we serve each other. The world will take notice. My encouragement to you is that no matter how, or how badly you've been burned, you will find a group or body to plug into and use your gifts to serve. Now more than ever. So many of our friends are already serving their communities in any number of ways. We cannot go wrong in serving, and remembering Who we serve. And we certainly can't go wrong in continuing to pray. That is always where the power really is. Much love to you all."
"This world is not my home
I'm just a-passing through
My treasures are laid up
Somewhere beyond the blue..."