Touché April 24, 2015
Posted on April 24, 2015 by under Touché,

It’s A Small World After All

“He is our Peace” (Ephesians 2:14)

I am in Holland Michigan today and tomorrow taking Andrew for his second Neuro-Psych evaluation.  We have learned that God can do more than we ask or imagine in response to the medical evaluation that is given about his future, but we have also learned that God can do more than we ask or imagine in response to tragedy and trial.

I will be back on Sunday to welcome Doug Leonard to our pulpit.  Doug is a friend whom I coached as a pastor.  He was a student I examined when he graduated from seminary and I was head of the classis student care committee.  What I did not know was that he was in a terrible accident when he was Andrew’s age as he was biking through England.  He was expected to die and went through two years of surgeries and physical therapy.  He was one of the first to write me when he heard of Andrew’s accident.  He wrote that: “Hundreds of Christians from around the world prayed for Andrew yesterday at our multiple worship services at the Protestant Church in Oman.”  What he did not know was that my sister from Hong Kong was there in Oman at that church that day with her niece who lives in Oman and heard prayers spoken in a most unexpected way for her nephew.  She thanked Doug and connected him to our Care Page. It was certainly a day to celebrate our small world and the way we are all connected.

That is what Doug has been doing since he left Rockland County, New York.  He has been connecting people in this small world; especially Christians and Muslims.  He has been empowered by the U.N., called into the White House, has met with sheiks and sultans and nomads in the desert to talk about reconciliation and peace.  In a world where ISIS and war dominates the front page news, Doug is working behind the scenes in the name of the Prince of Peace to bring this world together.

We will host a hero in Hopewell this week.  I hope you will not miss it.  He will preach at our two services in the morning.  He will be at Outback for lunch and will speak and answer questions for the community at 3 PM back at Hopewell.  It is a gift of one who is living large in this small world to come to Hopewell.

Grace and peace,