Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven. – Acts 1:11
Mark and Treva serve many churches in many capacities. We each currently have three jobs, all at churches of differing denominations. Over the years, one could easily quadruple or quintuple that statistic. Some are wealthy, affluent suburban communities, others are crime-ridden, substance-soaked urban neighborhoods. We have served small, old fashioned, determined churches who refuse to let their parishes die, despite dwindling numbers and changing culture. We have served well-appointed, un-determined churches who waste opportunities for growth and health, simply because the opportunities guarantee change.
Such experiences have exposed us to a broad sampling of God’s people. We see the wondrous variety of cultures, the vast spectrum of focus, and the myriad ways of “doing church.” However, one shining similarity stands out, despite the theological, social, and demographic differences. We see a universal need for Jesus.
Everyone we have met on our separate and united journeys longs at some point for Resurrection: something only Jesus can provide. Perhaps it is as simple as resurrected health after a long illness. Perhaps it is as complex as a resurrected life after a long addiction. Or maybe it is the need to believe that our lost loved ones are still alive, more alive than ever, and waiting for us, with Jesus.
In this season that celebrates Christ’s Resurrection- we invite you to ask, “Where in my life do I need Jesus? What in my life needs Resurrection?” Think about it. Pray about it. Discuss it. Mark and Treva need Him daily. And He comes, as promised.
Mark and Treva