It’s just hard to beat the feeling of being around old friends and lately in my life, God has brought some of my old friends back into my life.
John was a young man I baptized years ago in our youth group. He is now the worship leader at Friendship Church in Athens, AL. He came to lead our worship time at the ConXion–read about it below– and did a fabulous job. I’m so proud of him and the praise and worship ministry he’s doing at Friendship.
Rusty, Darell, Mark, and Mark. I told you about them a few blogs ago. We are still working on forming a band to set out to glorify God. This is the first time in my lifetime that I’ve had the opportunity to put a band together and play primarily Christ-focused music. Please pray for me that this can happen. I know I want this and I know they want it too. It’s just difficult to get our schedules together. Pray that God gives us time and direction. We want this to be about Him, not us.
Danny and I talked a few weeks ago after an article came out in a magazine that kind of perturbed me. I read it to him and it did the same thing to him. An event that God worked in Danny’s heart primarily and was started by him and me was credited to another individual. Our names weren’t even mentioned. Praise God, the event is going well, but the story told in this article was just not true. Be that as it may, and I’m trying to leave it there, I’m kind of glad I read it because it brought Danny and me back together.
When we talked about that, I invited Danny to come and speak at our monthly meeting called “The ConXion.” It’s a high energy worship setting for folks to come together and just worship. Rusty and John (mentioned in the lists above) came the last two months and shared their songs with us. That was awesome too–but I digress.
Danny has a story to tell about his life and journey with God that I thought we needed to hear. To hear about the brokennes of others kind of encourages me in my brokenness. His story helped us all see that we are all broken and need the Lord so desperately bad. Danny’s story includes some things that the “church of Christ” has seen as as taboo and unforgivable. I’ll just leave it at that.
After the evening was over, I told Danny what an encouragement he was to everyone there. He felt like he was a little rusty and was rambling. He hasn’t spoken before a group in about ten years so that would make one rusty. After he floundered some, he just sat down on a stool and just told his story. Then the really great sharing began. One encouraging word after another. An admittance from us to him that we are all broken allowed him to share deeper. It was wonderful.
We ended the night with “This is How We Overcome” and we gathered around Danny, laid hands on him, and one of our shepherds prayed over him and us. Wow!! What a moment!!
I’m glad that Danny was able to come. I’m glad to have gotten back together with Darrel, Rusty, Mark, Mark, and John too. I hope that God will allow me to get together with more old friends and share our journeys with Him some more. It sure has brought me lots of joy lately.