Pastor John

Pastor John

I recently spent a few days visiting my mother in Kentucky—my 91-year-old mom who lives alone, walks slower and remembers less every day, and yet still has a belief she will get better! She is both a strong and strong-willed woman.

That reminds me of the old story told about when Teddy Roosevelt was the police commissioner of New York City. He was interviewing a new recruit for the NYPD, and he asked him, “What would you do if you had to arrest your mother?” The want-to-be rookie cop thought for a second and then said, “Call for back-up, sir!” My older brother, Rodney and my only sister, Dianna, often call me for back-up in dealing with mom.

I owe so much to my mom. She believed in me first and told me that I was going to be preacher and a leader. Her pride in me truthfully is a little embarrassing and sometimes uncomfortable in front of others. But it is the prerogative of a parent to be obnoxiously proud of their children, I suppose.

I had a good dad and have a good mom—not perfect parents by any stretch—but loving, responsible, hard-working, supportive parents who gave me a great start in life that many people did not have.

We spent three weeks in our current Turning Trauma Into Triumph message series about Joseph trying to understand his dysfunctional home life because most people usually experience their greatest traumas in the their family of origin. It’s a fact that one of the most dangerous places in America is in our own homes–where anger sometimes turns to rage which often leads to violence. One in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by someone they know intimately.

That was certainly true for Joseph.

Last week Pastor Dustin Aagaard shared a terrific message about Joseph’s post-Canaan family life, noting that while he was enslaved in a high-ranking Egyptian’s household, he used power wisely, he was harassed shamefully, and he was eventually imprisoned unjustly.

And yet, time and again during these painful and perplexing periods of Joseph’s story we read, the Lord was with Joseph.

What does it look like for the Lord to be with us the nearest in places that are dreariest? That’s what we will look at this Sunday. There are some definite “celling points” of trauma that Joseph helps us discover. I hope you plan to be with us in person or online this Sunday at 9:30 or 11:15AM.

Loving the Journey,

Pastor John