A Thank You to the Kidmin Community
I don’t generally post articles on a Sunday, but God has laid something on my heart over the last several weeks. I felt like I needed to write about it. As Christmas fast approaches, it is a great time of the year to reflect on those things we are thankful for. First and foremost, of course, is that God condescended and took on human flesh as a baby in a manger to lead a perfect life and die on the cross for my sins only to rise three days later to conquer sin and death. That is the thing we should all be most thankful for, but there is so much more, and I wanted to pause for just a second this morning to offer thanks.
When I first started blogging about my work in children’s ministry almost two years ago, I was amazed at how open and inviting the whole children’s ministry community was. The camaraderie exhibited by the children’s ministry community, on and off line, is like nothing else I have ever come across. Over the last couple of years, I have developed relationships with a number of kidmin people who, though I have never met them in person, I consider friends. That said, I was not prepared for the outpouring of prayer of support that I have received from that community over the last several weeks.
You see, a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, I started to have some back pains. Having just gotten past a fairly long battle with a bulging disc and a pinched nerve, I was a little concerned, but I chalked it up to normal back pains and the physical therapy that I had been doing. Unfortunately, the pain continued to get worse, and I have been pretty much flat on my back since then. The point of this article is not to complain or whine though. I am confident that God is control, and he knows what is best. I serve the Creator of everything and a great physician who is capable of doing his will.
No, I am not here to complain! I am here to say thank you. When I first “went down” again with these recent bout of back pain, there were a number of people from my local church who started to pray for me almost immediately, and I am so grateful for those prayers. These are the people I serve with and the people I “do church” with, and I am in an awesome local body of Christ – there is no doubt in my mind about that.
What caught me more off guard though was the reaction of people I know (and many I don’t) from the online children’s ministry community. As people started to find out about the problems I was having, the prayer support was overwhelming. I can’t tell you the number of e-mails, message, tweets and everything else that I received from people just letting me know that they were praying for me and praying for healing. Knowing that I was being covered by that kind of prayer was (and is) really a source of encouragement and hope for me. To be honest, how God is in control of everything yet is still moved by the prayers of his creation is a bit of a mystery to me (one of the reasons I am grateful for verses like Deuteronomy 29:29). Even though I don’t get it, I am glad that both are true.
Anyhow, I wanted to take just a second this Sunday to thank all of you who have, and are, lifting me up in prayer. That you would take the time to talk to Almighty God about me really moves me. I did not realize how much it really moved me until earlier this week when I was on Michael Chanley’s radio show. When we started to talk about the kidmin community, and I talked about how grateful I was for all of the prayers, I got physically choked up. At that moment, in that moment, I was really struck the power of all of you praying for me. So, I really want to thank you all for your continued prayers. You have moved me, encouraged me, given me hope and blessed me more than I could ever express, and I am grateful to you all!