A Note from Pastor Mike and Kathleen

Precious Moms and Dads and Grandparents,

Times of tragedy and times of blessing give us as parents a unique opportunity to reach and to guide the hearts of our kids.  It’s a beautiful truth that in our most vulnerable moments of deep pain and sorrow that God is near to us.

We, as a family, as a city, have had so much to face with the recent tragedies affecting our community. We all felt the pain.  Mothers and fathers and grandparents lost sons and daughters and grandchildren at the nightclub shooting. A precious child was lost at Disney on vacation.

Moments of such senseless loss of life can leave more questions than answers. 

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
— Psalm 34:18 NLT

Notice this simple promise doesn’t offer to make sense of things, it just promises closeness.  One of the greatest needs of our kids is not to offer all the answers, but to be fully present.

We notice again and again in our own children the difference when we are together as a family and when we have focused time with them. Their confidence, their identity, and their spirits are noticeably stronger.  As this season of tragedy in our community moves from a fresh wound to a scar, please be encouraged that God has an amazing plan for your family.  As we seek and trust Him, He will give us the right words and the patience and diligence we need to guide our kids’ hearts rightly. 

The apostle Paul says “When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.” Ephesians 3:14-16 NLT.

God has called us to minister to the amazing scholars and families at One School of the Arts. Kathleen and I want to be a help to you in any way that we can.

 

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