One morning several years ago, I was perusing an article about Open Theism, and my five-year-old daughter walked up and asked me what I was doing. I told her I was reading an article about the Bible. Then I asked her, “Jessica, do you think God knows for sure what will happen tomorrow?” She chuckled at the silliness of the question—as if to say “of course”—and said, “Yeah, He knows everything.” Then, after a brief pause, she added, “And He knows everything right now.”
Archive for March, 2011
In a normal week, Reverend Schroeder would spend most of Tuesday afternoon locked in his office with the phones on hold as he searched for his next sermon’s topic. He looked at current events, thought about the needs of his flock, prayed a lot, and if nothing happened, would go to the files and look at old sermons. When the idea finally hit, he would write a quick outline and than begin the full text. At that point, the pressure was off, and he could practice and rehearse until Sunday. Few things felt worse, though, than waking up on Wednesday morning with no idea what he would say on Sunday.
John Grisham, The Confession, p. 112
Though this subject has nothing to do with preaching per se, then again it has everything to do with preaching and it has had a massive impact on my ministry. Almost one year ago my still very young wife/mother of four was diagnosed with colon cancer. This last year has been one I will never forget nor would I want to. In short, the Lord has been gracious and sweet to us and we have found that he is good even in the lowest seasons of life. Though I have not enjoyed seeing my wife suffer, we both know that this path has been good for us in ways that words fail to describe.
I share this because many of you have asked about her and have written us throughout the year to tell us of your prayers and concerns. You have no idea how much your letters, emails, and calls have meant to me and Julie. We met with her doctor today and were given the results of multiple tests which confirm that there is currently no presence of cancer. We rejoice in the Lord’s goodness to us and His undeserved mercies which are new every morning. Thank you for your love and your prayers.