Even those of us who are strong in faith may begin to doubt God’s presence much less God’s omnipotent control over the difficult times we face.
In a blink of an eye life can change, as it did for me that late summer afternoon.
I was so excited to be out on the golf course again. I was just beginning to hit towards the green when I heard a train whistle, then a tremendously loud crash as the car broke in two and was carried down the track. It is true that time stands still in such a horrific accident. While my golf partner performed CPR, I was calling 911 and directing a search because of the children’s toys and clothing scattered throughout the crash scene. As I walked across the track, the late afternoon sun made the train crossing’s flashing lights difficult to see. Soon police and ambulances arrived and we left the golf course in absolute shock.
At work on Monday, my co-worker told me that she knew the crash victim who had died shortly after the crash. The young mother was a 911 responder and had dropped her young son off shortly before the crash. I couldn’t get the young mother and her family out of my thoughts. A year or so before, my nephew fell and lay in a coma for days before passing. It helped my brother and sister-in-law to talk with his first responders. I felt moved by God to go to the visitation and let her parents know what had happened. Like Moses, I felt totally out of my comfort zone.
I asked God to help me provide the comfort they so needed. When I arrived, I waited nervously in line and when it was my turn, I told them why I was there. We hugged and cried together. I could not help but think that God’s purpose in my life was to be there at that moment for that very purpose.
Shortly after the accident, St. John’s Lutheran Church established the Stephen Ministry program and I became one of the seven Stephen Ministers commissioned on April 6, 2003. Since that time, I have had the opportunity to serve the Lord by walking alongside of several care receivers who just needed someone to listen, encourage, and pray with them on their faith journey.
Have you ever thought of becoming a Stephen Minister and truly make a positive difference in someone’s life? Please prayerfully consider joining us in this special ministry.