I'm a card carrying Christian but that's not what this blog is generally about. Today, that's what it is about. Read on if you like and if you don't care to then know I am praying for you regardless and will see you back for some crafty British humour tomorrow.
Bad things don't happen for a reason. There is no impetus behind death and destruction. When someone gets Cancer, or loses a job, or is in a car accident there is no reasonable being controlling the situation. However if we don't take the bad things and let God work good in them then not only is there no reason but there is no point. God is the point and he can work wonders in every situation if we just let him.
This is Palmer...
Palmer was a missionary working at our church this summer. He had come up from Tennessee because he has a heart to reach people for God, and this year God asked him to come to New England. This past week he has been at Bike Week in Laconia, NH camping out with three other college kids and making pancakes for bikers everyday. Showing them God's love through some good ole southern cooking! Yesterday afternoon when they were driving "home" a lady in an oncoming truck veered into the wrong lane and hit them head on. Yesterday evening Palmer was in surgery and last night he was welcomed home by his Lord and Saviour.
Last night a girl in our local grocery store was told who Palmer was and why he was here. Last night my facebook page proclaimed who Palmer was and why he was here and invited over 200 friends who didn't know his God and mine to call me if they wanted to know more. This morning all the other assistants in my office were told who Palmer was and why he was here.
One of the girls who came up from the South with him said last night that Palmer had a heart for the lost. Not just to see them come to know the Lord but to help them take their first steps. Not just to rack up numbers like an evangelical who's who list but to help people find the reality of a living God in their daily lives.
I said hello to the missionaries on Sunday Morning, but I never got to know Palmer or the others who are still here. But I mourn with them for a young life cut short and will not let his purpose in life die with him. This may be a senseless act of destruction but my goodness I intend to make sure that everyone I meet knows who Palmer Maphet was and why he was here. Then they will see the point.
Our regularly scheduled programming will resume tomorrow.