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Before Tom got sick, he and Jennifer had been my personal friends for several years. He was a successful production supervisor at his work and she was a mother at home nurturing and equipping their three daughters and two sons for a successful life ahead of them. They were a good family, living in a modest home, and both serving at their small church. Tom loved serving as the youth Sunday School teacher and Jennifer was the coordinator of the children’s programs. They would regularly bring their family and youth group to the Mission to serve meals to the hungry.

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Yes, 50,000 is a really big number regardless of what you are counting … 50,000 dollars, 50,000 pennies, 50,000 steps, 50,000 cupcakes, or 50,000 light years. These all represent a large amount of something. When we equate it with people though, we might think of a huge sports stadium, a music concert, a town or a city.

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When my wife and I were first married, we lived directly across from Randolph Elementary School, and often saw kids walking to school. One Monday morning, as I walked out the front door of my home to head to work at Topeka Rescue Mission Ministries, I saw a little boy in tears sitting next to his bicycle on our driveway. This little boy was probably 7 or 8 years old at the oldest. I was in a hurry, had a full day of projects and meetings ahead of me and leaving just a bit later than I had intended.

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So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.” – Romans 8:15 NLT

At 32 years old, Kimberly* was dangerously close to the end of her rope. She had recently made it known that she no longer wished to live and made two serious attempts to take her life.

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The night of the neighborhood Christmas dinner a woman, appearing to wear the hardships of life, approached the uniformed police officer and exchanged a few words. One of the things I heard her say to him was, “Thank you… you have always been there for me.”

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January 31, 2017, Newsletter Features, Post a comment