The (occasionally)incoherent ramblings of Pastor / Scholar Darin M. Wood
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My mom went home to be with Jesus last week. I don't say "I lost my mom" because lost means I don't know where she is. I know where she is. Over the last couple of weeks, I've had time to reflect on some of the holy moments I shared with my mom. I hope you'll forgive the length of my writing but I'll start with the last.
When we took my mom to the hospice center, I knew it wouldn't be long. Sadly, with my line of work, I've been there before. Albeit with other families, but I knew where we were. It was decided that my sisters would return home (since they both had "regular" jobs) and I would stay the night with mom. No sooner had my family left than I literally saw my mom begin to change. Almost imperceptibly at first but I could tell she was sliding away from me. I talked to her and sang along with her beloved Gaither music that we kept playing from her iPad. I held her hand and told her some of the things I'll share belo…
It's July 8th. Before day, there's been nothing really spectacular about that day. But there is now. Seven years ago, when Josh was born, I began praying for today, asking that my son would some day come to love Jesus and want to serve Him. I have never prayed for the Lord to call Josh into ministry but I pray for him to love the Lord and want to serve him using whatever skills he has. My prayers for his salvation were answered and now for his baptism! What a great kid!
I was asked - after the baptism - how I held my composure on such a big day at such a big moment. Two things helped - (1) Although I've baptized many people in 20 years of being a pastor, I spent time rehearsing because I knew this was no ordinary baptism. I didn't trust my emotions. I was concerned they would run away with me. So I rehearsed a speech I've given hundreds of times. It wasn't that I didn't know what to say or how to say it. I just had never used it on my own son. …
Last year, right before I was diagnosed with cancer, I had a wonderful invitation to join a pastor training conference in Ethiopia. After I was diagnosed, I had to bail. Before I did, however, my friend Getaneh told me, "When you're over this, we'll get you to East Africa." Tomorrow morning, I'll find the truth of his prophecy.
I'm leaving tomorrow on a 2 week trip. On this trip, I'll visit Ethiopia, Kenya and Lebanon. Following the example of the Apostle Paul, I'm going to encourage and equip churches and their leaders, to see our mission partners in action where they serve and to be encouraged. I'd be lying if I said the trip didn't intimidate me a little. I stacked it this way because of the vicinity of these partners and the cost-effectiveness of making one trip instead of three. It SEEMED like a good idea. Now, the night before I leave, the idea of being away from my family and my church family for 2 weeks seems daunting. I'…