A Message from David Stockton

June 6, 2013

Last week was heavy. Losing both Brad Piccirillo and Cheryl Watkins has deeply affected many of us, as evidenced by how full our sanctuary was at Brad’s memorial last Friday and Cheryl’s last Tuesday. It is hard to lose loved ones, especially ones as special as Brad and Cheryl. It is hard because we will miss them, it is hard because we have to start to live life without their companionship, and it is hard because we are reminded of all the other grief that we are still carrying from past hurts. Yet, at the same time we are awakened to the reality that each day, each breath, each moment of joy is a gift from our Father in heaven.

We are also reminded that, “the shadow proves the sunshine.” The times we walk through the valley of the shadow of death are hard, but those shadows are also powerful reminders that the sun is shining. I witnessed this very clearly as I spent time at the Piccirillos’ and Watkins’ homes. I have heard both the Watkins and the Piccirillos speak about how wonderful the Living Streams family has been. I have seen with my own eyes the hands and feet of Jesus on display through many different acts of kindness, a note, a hug, a prepared meal, or a prayer for strength.

This weekend we will continue in our 1 Samuel series. I will be preaching from 1 Samuel 8, where Israel asks God to give them a king. I am praying that once again by entering into God’s presence, by the ministering of God’s word, and by fellowshipping with the saints, our Good Shepherd will lead us out of the shadowy valley back into His green pastures. Jesus knows how to take us from a place of feeling so empty and low, to having our cups overflow.
Grace and peace to you and yours,
David Stockton (filling in for Mark)

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