I am excited, and maybe a little bit nervous, to get to share with you my first message as your new youth pastor this Wednesday evening. As many of you know, I haven’t had much preparation or processing time with all that has been happening in my personal life these past two weeks.
Minutes after I stepped from Pine Valley’s stage on September 27th — where Pastors Scott, Justin and Mikquel had been praying a blessing over me and installing me as a pastor on staff — I received a call from my dad that my mother likely had hours to live and if I wanted to see her breathing again, I needed to come up to South Dakota quickly. I gathered up my things and drove to Denver that night and continued my drive to South Dakota the next morning with my kids.
But I didn’t make it. Mom passed away on the drive up.
And, honestly, I’m okay with that. I’ve had enough conversations with Mom to know that she probably didn’t want me or her grandchildren to see her in the state that the ALS disease had left her in the last three weeks of her life. Regardless, it was tough.
I spent the week helping make preparations for her celebration of life service and felt a lot of healing through the whole process. During that time I wrote out some brief thoughts of things I have learned from my mother’s legacy. I shared it at the service and online the day after. I wanted to share some of those same things with you on Wednesday night. For a couple of reasons:
- It’ll be an opportunity for you to get to know a little bit more about me and my backstory. I think it’s important for us to start building relationship and I think this night will start the foundation for that.
- As I am still fresh in the mourning process, I have a desire to keep sharing my Mom’s legacy. I think you guys will get some good truth from what I want to share.
- It’s good stuff. My mother has influenced so many in her love for Jesus and I want to keep on sharing what she taught so many.
Anyhow, I hope to see you there! My family just finished loading up our moving trailer here in Erie, CO (north of Denver), last night. We are filling in last-minute stuff now and should be on the road back to Bayfield late this evening. I’m bring my kids back with me this time. And my wife, Deanna, will be following us down in a couple weeks.