Sunday, August 10, 2003


Well, so much for my predictions of a slightly more disorganized worship service. Everything went well today, even though the turnout was down substantially. To me the head count was of no matter. It only mattered that four people were there: Bill, our conscripted Pastor, as well as John, Denise and their son.

Bill's sermon touched on a subtle difference in translations from John 14 . The NIV version of John 14:3 reads:"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

The King James says:"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

John, Denise and Garrett sat on the front row and heard every word. I have to believe that Bill's addressing of the translation subtleties went a long way toward explaining the inexplicable, comforting the inconsolable, answering the unanswerable.

It will not right their outrage and anger. The feelings of resentment they still harbor towards God because of the loss of two children will not disappear, but I think God used Bill today to nudge the door to healing open a small bit further. Hopefully that will make it easier for them to one day walk through that door and be received.