Dear DiscipleChurch Friends,
My head is filled with numbers today, which is ironic for a guy who doesn’t have a whole lot of math skills!
One number is “15” . . . It has been exactly 15 years since I lost my car in a flash-flood while driving to FUMCFW early on a Sunday morning. I’ve been tempted to relive that day with you this coming Sunday, but I will pass on that. For show-and-tell benefit, I will bring my front license plate — which is my only remnant from that sweet Honda Civic that rushed away before my very eyes.
Another number is “150” . . . It has been 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln was tragically assassinated. His leadership, along with that of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, is chronicled in the book April 1865: The Month That Saved America, by Jay Winik. I often think about this book when we approach the 4th of July. A story toward the end of the book that involves Lee and the Sacrament of Holy Communion is in my mind, as I think about the DiscipleChurch community intimately receiving communion every Sunday. That image will become part of our preparation this week.
But the number I most want to share with you is “101” . . . It was the age of Everette “Buckshot” Henderson, who died in my hometown on June 11. Buckshot was the father of my brother-in-law. Tuesday morning I will be flying to Chicago, so that I can take part in the celebration of his life. I’m honored to be asked to do that by my family, and I look forward to sharing some of his humorous and inspirational stories with you this Sunday in worship. Buckshot’s legacy in my small hometown is no less significant than the legacies of leaders like Lincoln, Grant and Lee for our nation.
With this idea of legacy in mind, let me close by sharing a prayer that I cherish:
“What we have known and loved is ours while life shall last. Help us to see, O God, that what we love and who we love becomes a part of us; like a light in our lives, blended with mind and memory, joined to our souls. Strengthen us in resolve that the good we knew in those who have passed from us shall live on in ourselves and be passed from one generation to another . . . Immortal both with God and all people.”
I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!