The words "hospital" and "hospitality" come from the same root word. There is healing in hospitality. Some of the most healing things Jesus did and said were around a meal table. I’m looking forward to continuing our series “Meals With Jesus” with you this coming weekend. We’ll be in Mark 7:1-21. I hope you’ll be with us Thursday night (6:45 pm – VR Campus) or Sunday.
This past Friday many of us were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Craig Thompson. A memorial service will be held this coming Saturday, July 14th, at 4:00 pm at the Vista Ridge Campus. In the meantime, please be faithful in prayer for his wife, Leslie.
On Sunday night, we came close to hearing of another tragedy that, thankfully, was averted. David Arroyo, one of our members at the VR Campus, his wife Kristy, and one of their children were on their way home from The Branch’s gathering at the Rosemeade Rainforest. They stopped on the side of the road to assist a woman who needed help changing a flat tire. While David was changing the tire, a truck crashed into the car he was working on. His life was spared, but he was severely injured and is recovering in the hospital. Please be in prayer for David and their family as they recover on multiple levels from the trauma of that evening.
In the midst of all of these difficult things, we also witnessed a rare and beautiful thing this past week. An American soldier named Dayle Farris, who was wounded in battle in World War II as a 19-year-old and went missing in Germany, was brought home and laid to rest here in Dallas. After more than 70 years, DNA tests of Dayle’s family helped to identify his remains. One week before going off to war, Dayle had been baptized by Ed Bonneau’s father. This past week, it was Ed who had the honor of eulogizing him. Most every national and regional news organization reported on this story. We had the privilege of having some of the Farris family with us at the Farmers Branch Campus this past week. Here’s a link to the WFAA story.
In 1 Corinthians 12, a body of believers is called to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. It’s been a week where we are doing both.
May God give us the grace to enter into another’s joy and sorrow that we might be a community where no one stands alone.
See You Thursday night or Sunday!
Grace and Peace,