Tuesday, May 16, 2006


How Long?

The death of a child. I don't think there is really any good explanation for why. Today the Rochester Church family celebrated the life and grieved the loss of little Linsi Westerby. The words of U2's 40 have haunted my mind all day...

40
by U2

I waited patiently for the Lord
He inclined and heard my cry
He brought me up out of the pit
Out of the miry clay

I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

How long to sing this song
How long to sing this song
How long...how long...how long...
How long...to sing this song

He set my feet upon a rock
And made my footsteps firm
Many will see
Many will see and fear

I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

How long to sing this song
How long to sing this song
How long...how long...how long...
How long...to sing this song

How long will we suffer in this world? How long will there be pain? How long will mothers cry for children they can no longer hold? How long before you come to rescue us, Oh Lord?

Oh, how we long to sing a new song.

The Lord calls us to be a people who lament with those who lament. But, periods of lament always seem to come full circle. It is because we have hope. The other song playing in my mind is the new song...

With Hope
by Steven Curtis Chapman

This is not at all how
We thought it was supposed to be
We had so many plans for you
We had so many dreams
And now you've gone away
And left us with the memories of your smile
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you, but ...

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
'Cause we believe with hope
There's a place by God's grace
There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again

And never have I known
Anything so hard to understand
And never have I questioned more
The wisdom of God's plan
But through the cloud of tears
I see the Father's smile and say well done
And I imagine you
Where you wanted most to be
Seeing all your dreams come true
'Cause now you're home
And now you're free, and ...

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
'Cause we believe with hope
There's a place by God's grace
There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again

We have this hope as an anchor
'Cause we believe that everything
God promised us is true, so ...

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
'Cause we believe with hope
There's a place by God's grace
There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again


We wait with hope
And we ache with hope
We hold on with hope
We let go with hope

Monday, May 08, 2006


We See The Invisible Children

Last Saturday over 300 people gathered on the campus of Rochester College in support of the "night walker" children of Northern Uganda in hopes of ending a 20-year-old war. Over 60,000 people committed to "lying down" around the US for these children who commute to local cities (sometimes upwards of 10 miles one way) each night to sleep in safety out of fear of abduction by the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army). The LRA forces the children they kidnap to kill, to be child soldiers in "a war older than its warriors."

We walked, sang, laughed, and cried for these little ones. The hope is for our government to get involved with the Ugandan government in order to stop this war and bring peace to these children and their families. Our work won't end until the war ends.

Children of Uganda: We see you.










Tuesday, May 02, 2006


On The Move...

Two big moves in one year! I feel incredibly blessed and excited to be on this journey. Brian and I are seeking to live our lives in step with the will of God, and that has led us on another adventure. We will be packing up in June and moving an hour and a half east to Lansing to work with the Greater Lansing Church. Brian will be using his gifts in preaching, teaching, and campus ministry at MSU. This church is filled with loving people who have clear vision, direction, and mission. We are more than excited to join the ministry there. God is cool. He has answered many prayers. Keep um coming...these lines on the road...