Well, we began our family vacation today. It’s the first time in four years that our whole family has been able to get away (Saralynn and I have a couple of times alone). It also happens to be the seven-year anniversary of my role as the Lead Pastor at Oak Tree Community Church, which means that some sort of Sabbath is in order. And so we have taken the month of June to play hard together.
This won’t be all play time, though. I have some days scheduled for studying and writing. I plan to post here (nearly) every day, both to keep in touch with you and to share some things I learn along the way. For instance, I was reminded that today is the official first day of hurricane season. Yay!
Seriously, I did learn two things today that I want you to keep in your prayers:
- My brother-in-law, Stephen, found out today that the company where he has worked his entire adult life is being closed. He is losing his job.
- My cousin, Eric, was told that the lump on his neck that they thought was just a fatty cyst is actually a cancerous tumor of some kind.
Please pray for both of these men. Their relationships with God – Eric’s brand new, Stephen’s much older – will be tested greatly in the coming days and weeks. Pray for their families, too – their wives, Sarah (my sister) and Angela (my cousin) and their children.
That’s where we close today. After driving most of 21 hours from noon yesterday through this morning, I’m tired. Talk to you tomorrow.
Until then, keep an eye on my growing vacation photo album on Facebook.