This is Why…

I find it hard to believe that I have been so blessed by God. Blessed to be called to such a unique ministry; blessed to be in relationship with many in the homeless community; blessed to be their pastor; blessed to be invited into their lives, their sorrows, their joys, their worries, and their celebrations.

Recently we lost a good friend and member of the homeless community in a terrible accident. It was a shocking loss that took us all by surprise and we grieved a life lost as a family and community. God has put me in a position where I could be there for many of his friends who needed pastoral care when they lost Phil. Thanks be to God!

Yesterday, another good friend gave birth to a baby boy named Aiden Lee at 10:26am by c-section. He was 6lbs 8oz at birth and was born a little early. He is having some trouble breathing, but is being watched over closely in NICU at Vanderbilt, and he is a beautiful, beautiful child. God has put me in a position where I could be there for his Mom and Dad and their friends, to share in their joy at Aiden’s birth and provide pastoral care. Thanks be to God!

This is what Sacred Sparks Ministry is all about. Being present and in relationship with our friends in the homeless community; sharing in their lives and caring and loving them without judgment. This is why God has called Sacred Sparks Ministry into being and this is why I serve that God in the name of Jesus Christ!

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Goodbye Friend

This week Sacred Sparks Ministry lost a good friend. Phil was killed in a terrible accident and will be missed like crazy by so many people. He always had a great story to tell, he made you laugh, he frustrated you at times, and he was a beloved child of God.

I saw Phil exactly a week before the accident. We had a nice talk and he asked for some shampoo, which I just happened to have in my trunk. When I told him goodbye, I never dreamed it would be forever.

The photo below was taken that day as I drove off to show my friends at Brenthaven Church, who also loved Phil very much. The other photo is the memorial that been erected at the site of the accident.

Thank you God for allowing us to know and love Phil. He likes his coffee hot with lots of sugar and cream, just so you know…

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