It takes a Church…
This past week our community was jolted by the loss of a local teenager, Fisher Matthews, in a tragic accident.
During the week following the event, parents throughout Galveston County opened their homes to students who needed comfort and provided a safe place for them to gather and share with each other.
This past Friday FBCTC hosted the funeral; over 800 people representing many facets of life gathered to pay their respects and sought to gain some sort of clarity for the days ahead.
I was overcome by the love and support of the community.
It was a place where it didn’t matter what church you attended or which football team you support or who you voted for; it was an outpouring of love and support for family and community.
For me it is a stark reminder of how much we really do need each other.
I say often that the “village” that raises the child does not end at the completion of childhood. We need that “village” continually throughout our lives.
That village is the church, we are the body of Christ and we become more of who we are meant to be by participating together, mourning together, and rejoicing together.
There are events like this that give us visible and open opportunities to reach out and give support because we can see the hurt and pain, but there are many times that we have no indication of what someone else may be going through.
Thank you, parents who saw students in need, and were willing to walk with them through their struggle; we pray for your continued journey.
Thank you, village, or church, for reaching out during this time and gathering to support family and each other.
As we move forward through this process, may we stand firm in the Lord knowing that He is the healer and provider.
23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.