Close Call

Thursday, I experienced fear unlike I’ve ever felt before. I’ll get to that in a second, but let me first brag on the Middle School Ministry Team for a minute.

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Before Pit Stop, the team met for prayer. Pavan organized the first of hopefully many prayer meetings. We met at 6pm and planned to pray until students began arriving around 6:45pm. Although not a required meeting, the entire team showed up – a huge testament to their commitment to the ministry and their desire to see our students grow in their faith. About 6:30pm, I got an emergency phone call and had to leave (Pit Stop starts at 7pm). The team took charge; getting things started for the night, welcoming students, and leading the game. They did an outstanding job! Steve, Chris, Pavan, Kristen, and Jana, you guys are awesome!

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So, the emergency is where the fear comes in. Lisa called frantic. Rachel had stopped breathing for a second and then began breathing sporadically (almost gasping for air). She’s never done anything like that before. Lisa called me, then 911. While on the phone with 911, Rachel began breathing regularly and actually started smiling at Lisa! They had already dispatched EMS, so they came and checked her out to make sure everything was ok. I got home just as EMS was leaving. Apart from two emotionally exhausted parents, everything was fine. We prayed together as a family before I headed back to the church, and Lisa and I were reminded to trust God. We may be the ones holding Rachel in our arms, but God is the author and sustainer of life who holds all of us in His arms. Matthew 6:25-34 has something to teach us in that regard. A verse I memorized long ago has been on my mind since this incident. Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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Grace,

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Chris

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Chris & Rachel