grass sitting

Sometimes your heart just needs to sit in the grass, soaking sun, picking clover…6 year old style.

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Yesterday, a beautiful woman who radiated Christ finished her race and entered the arms of God, free from pain, healed fully from cancer. Our hearts ache. Yet we don’t grieve as those without hope. But we still grieve. We need mercy.

The day before, knowing outside of a miracle that her end here on earth was near, we sang vocals on a song written because of her testimony. We needed mercy. 

Today we finish an album birthed by our heavenly Father, and in many ways brought about because of the lives of her family. So we break down, weep, lament, hug, walk, search Scripture, pray, share pictures, recount memories, laugh, even dance…and it all helps. But still we have work to do here. So we don’t let ourselves go there fully…yet. We need mercy. 

Tomorrow, we help to lead in celebrating her life together as a church family and community. We need mercy.

“Do return, O LORD; how long will it be? And be sorry for your servants. O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us, and the years we have seen evil…Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; and confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes confirm the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:13-17

“For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God…For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved…” Romans 8:19-24

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

This morning (Friday, April 5, 2013) at 5am Christi Engels peacefully passed from this life and opened up her eyes in a new glorious reality. The sunrise she saw today cannot be expressed in words. Please continue to pray for Kenny, Riley, Avery, Sidney, Chloe, Sandy, Roy, Ken Sr and Valerie. We have all been engulfed in grace and glory…and peace indescribable. It is true, Jesus is good and true life is in Him. 
– Pastor Frank

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