Growing in the Lord

Last weekend at Whitewater we launched a series called Mercy Hospital and we began a tour of the many ways that a church is like a hospital. We focused on “The Maternity Ward.” We talked about how spiritual infants (of which, praise God, we have many of here) need to grow up, adolescents and adults need to show up, and seekers needs to step up. We said that maturity has nothing to do with your age, but your stage in life.

Someone sent me the following poem about that.

When I’m an old lady, I’ll live with each kid,
And bring so much happiness…just as they did.
I want to pay back all the joy they’ve provided.
Returning each deed! Oh, they’ll be so excited!

I’ll write on the wall with reds, whites and blues,
And I’ll bounce on the furniture…wearing my shoes.
I’ll drink from the carton and then leave it out.
I’ll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they’ll shout!

When they’re on the phone and just out of reach,
I’ll get into things like sugar and bleach.
When they cook dinner and call me to eat,
I’ll not eat my green beans or salad or meat,
I’ll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table,
And when they get angry…I’ll run…if I’m able!

I’ll sit close to the TV, through the channels I’ll click,
I’ll cross both eyes just to see if they stick.
I’ll take off my socks and throw one away,
And play in the mud ’til the end of the day!

And later in bed, I’ll lay back and sigh,
I’ll thank God in prayer and then close my eyes.
My kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping,
And say with a groan, ‘She’s so sweet when she’s sleeping!’

Some of us will be there sooner than others!!

As it is Health Care Professionals’ day this coming weekend, (have you invited someone?!), we will focus on “The E.R.” and talk about a man in John desperately in need of medical attention. It’s a great week to bring a friend who is hurting. Phil Cross from Chattanooga, TN will be our guest worship artist and our choir is singing!!
Stories continue to pour in about how so many of you are being chaplains to a world in need of love and compassion. A gal named Wendy in our church sent me the following:


This may sound crazy and possibly even insignificant but here goes: I am a huge fan of Aldi discount groceries and awhile back I decided I would leave my quarter always in the returning of the cart (a different God story I can tell if you want) for the next person. So tonight on my way home from work I stopped at Aldi in south Dayton and as I was preparing to return my cart I happened to notice the car next to mine in which a woman was desperately searching through her coin purse and I thought, ‘She must be in need of a quarter so I tapped on her window and motioned that I had a cart for her. That was it. She was so relieved it brought joy to my heart. It was simply God’s confirmation to me that leaving that quarter every time has been helpful to someone in need! God is so great and when we can receive insight like that from Him… it’s just… well… PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!!!! God bless you all. Keep serving and giving in love.
Speaking of giving, after a ton of work by some dedicated folks, our Online Giving program is ready to be used! There are several ways to give electronically, including PayPal, automatic withdrawal for checking, debit cards and credit cards. Just go to our website ( and click on the “Giving” page button. The process is quick, easy, convenient and SECURE!

See you this weekend for more Revolutionary Love!



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