I've had an interesting day; a good one. So much is going on both good and really good. Yes, some of both are draped in struggles....but it's all for the good.
We had a wonderful weekly staff/elders meeting at 6:30 to 8:00 this morning. Really....such a privilege to get to be a part of this team.
Later I talked with a man from up North who is devastated by having been fired where he had been preaching. We shared ways for him to see the blessings in the center of it all. While I don't know him, I love his spirit. He will be fine....really, he will be advantaged for the present stress.
Afterwards, one from Texas called. He had just returned from Ghana where he set up a farm system for the the church members to grow their own crops and earn their own wages. We converted him and his wife when they lived next door to us 35 years ago.
I spoke with a woman in New Mexico who is struggling with a personal shift from law to grace; its confusions and its rigors. She just wanted to hear how it would work out. I was most grateful for the experience I've had with God in order to share hopeful insights.
Too, I received a note in the mail from a preacher in Pennsylvania expressing great joy over my newest book; MVP. He ordered ten copies for families at his congregation.
Yes....it was a pretty good day...considering it was my day off!
Don't you love right now?