Typically for most churches, Memorial Weekend marks the beginning of Summer. Although we still have a couple of weeks left of school in Charleston County, it definitely had a Summer feel this weekend. I performed two weddings on the beach on Saturday – one in the morning and one late afternoon. Both of them were destination weddings on Kiawah. Both were for very sweet people. I met several strong Christians from around the country at both weddings. I met a retired Pastor and seminary professor from California. He was very encouraging and gave me some great advice about loving people and prayer. I also met a former Miss America from the 70’s. I jokingly asked if there were any “scandalous” pictures of her coming out. She said, “No, times have changed. When I won, my next appearance was at a Billy Graham Crusade.”
In between the two weddings we went to Charlotte Roberts’ one year birthday party! It’s hard to believe Wes & Bri’s little girl is one already. It seems like yesterday we were waiting for the details of her arrival in Connecticut and their move to Charleston. She is such a precious little girl. I love her smile. The party was at their new home on John’s Island. I love their home and their community! I wonder what John’s Island will look like when Charlotte is all grown up. When I was a little kid, John’s Island wasn’t much more than farms and hunting land and home to the very poor or the very rich. Times have changed – and continue to change. By the way, I think Wes wants a fire pit in his back yard. Just ask. : )
On Sunday I talked about God’s presence in uncertain times. There is no doubt that we are living in uncertain times. People feel uncertain about their jobs, their finances, our government, and our future. However, we learn from scripture, history, and even our own story, that God does his greatest work in the darkest days. He is faithful. Will we remain faithful even when, from our perspective, we can not see His hand? We used my message to move right into Communion. The Lord’s Supper was birthed in a time of tremendous uncertainty. It was a dark, dark hour. And yet, it was then that God was doing His greatest work. A friend called me this morning to tell me how meaningful Communion was to him yesterday.
With the rain and the holiday weekend, our attendance was down a little bit, but we continue to have 1st time & return guests each and every Sunday! Actually, yesterday’s low in attendance would have been a high just six weeks ago. More people brought food yesterday. I hope to tell you soon about the family or families that we will bless. Jim, our regular drummer, was out Sunday and Billy filled in admirably. If you’ve ever wondered where we get these “guest” musicians – Louis Camblor is the Charleston musician connection! He is the man when it comes to finding musicians. However, even he was having a hard time this weekend finding someone.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Memorial Day! Take a moment and give thanks to those who gave their lives so that you and I can enjoy the freedoms we so often take for granted.