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A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

When a trusted friend leaves

Today, during Special Gathering worship, we said good-bye to a dear and trusted friend who is moving away.  Erik came to us seven years ago and he has done more tasks that I can name.

For me, he has been a person of value helping, teaching, ministering, loading equipment, and leading praise.  Regarding ministry within the mentally challenged community, there are few people who dare to jump into the work as Erik has done.  He will be greatly missed.

I’m a bit surprised that Special Gathering ministry has become as dependent on this young man. I am strangely feeling as though I’m once again sitting on my brother’s bike trying to get my balance. Nevertheless, I am reassured that God will help all of us and that things will come back together as soon as I gain the courage and experience to push away from the fence.

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The Psalmist said, “Because your love is better than life, I will praise you.  I will praise you as long as I live.  I will lift my hands in prayer to your name.  I will be content as if I had eaten the best food.  My lips will sing and my mouth will praise you” (Psalm 63:3-5).

Are you facing a new experience that has left you unsure of yourself?  How will you appropriate your faith in God to help you regain your equilibrium?

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