This was an incredible weekend. While the weather has been kind of weird, the Spirit of the Lord has been sweet. I must say that as I write this, I am emotionally drained. It has been a great weekend.
Our weather has been a bit unsettled of late. You never really know if it’s going to rain, be cloudy or be sunny. The weather has been changing quickly around here and yet for the most part the temperatures have been very seasonable, maybe a little on the warm side. They were this afternoon.
This past weekend was our annual Missions Celebration. From what I understand this is our seventh mission’s weekend. It is exciting to be part of a church that sees missions as a primary focus. Our sanctuary is decked out in flags from places that either we support a missionary or one of our own has gone, either on a long-term or short-term trip. Currently we have fourteen flags and we need to purchase two more to represent additional countries were we currently support missionaries. Our missionaries this weekend were Drs. Dan and Joan Jones from Zambia. It was exciting as we listened to what God was doing. Our local missions team had lunch with them yesterday and then last evening Dr. Dan spoke as part of a missions rally aimed at teens. Pastor Paul Haithcock and the teens from Parkway Wesleyan Church in Roanoke led us in a rocking worship set. It was very cool to see their enthusiasm and their level of musicianship. Our theme this year was Until the Whole World Hears. Last night the worship band did a great job and this morning we did an acoustic version of the song. Our celebration continued this morning and again the Holy Spirit was working. We did have some trouble with our projector. I think we have blown a bulb. It was interesting to sing without any media support (songsheets, books, or projector) but like I said the Spirit was working. Drs. Dan and Joan shared during the morning worship service about the work in Zambia. I was reminded once again how fortunate we are in America. We complain about so much and yet we have a power grid that is reliable — we have water when we turn on the spigot — we have wonderful hospital facilities — we have roads that you don’t have to drive 15mph to make at 35 mile trip last 3 hours. We are so blessed — we have so much. Many in Zambia, make the equivalent of a dollar a day. Think about that. A family of 5 in America couldn’t even go to McDonald’s on what they make for a month. It is quite humbling.
I believe that God is speaking to us (our family, our church) about radical discipleship. Dr. Dan spoke about that last night. Is the American dream what it is really all about? Is that what we should be teaching our children? Like I said it was a great and challenging weekend.
Yesterday I had the chance to go out and run. Originally I had planned to run a half-marathon distance on Saturday, but had quite a bit to do, so I shortened it to 4 laps around Gypsy Hill. I completed that very quickly — in under 55 minutes — very happy about that. The plan for this week is a fast, short run tomorrow (5K) and then an easy hour run on Tuesday, a harder hour run on Thursday, and then I’ll attempt that 13.1 mile run on Saturday. We’ll see how it goes.
It’s time to sign-off. It looks like I may have a big week ahead of me. Have a great week and Seize the Day!