We came home from the hospital and ten days later, God gave LeRoy the grace to share with our church family some of what God has been teaching him, and to update them on what’s happening medically. I’m posting the link to that podcast below, and if you take the time to listen to his heart, I think you’ll be encouraged.
Walking with his cane, LeRoy made his way to the front of the sanctuary, but not up the stairs of the platform. Our son brought a stool for him and set up a music stand for his Bible. The applause you hear at the beginning of the podcast is an outburst of joy and gratitude from our church family at seeing their pastor again. They’ve been faithfully interceding for us. For many of our body, this is the only pastor they’ve ever known, some have been with us for more than twenty years. We are so grateful for these precious Christ-followers. We are greatly blessed to walk with them.
LeRoy did not want this service to be about himself, and he didn’t want anything to distract from God and His glory, so he struggled with saying anything about what we’re walking through rather than just sharing the Word, but I encouraged him that our body needed to hear from their pastor and know what we’re facing, together, as a church. Although he would never want applause, this was our Dayspring family’s way of extending a hug of appreciation—it was not exalting their pastor, but a celebratory response to seeing the pastor they love and respect and their gratitude to God for bringing him home. We are so grateful for their faithful intercession, and for yours, and can never adequately convey our thanks.
It was amazing to watch the tangible evidence of God’s grace and anointing as LeRoy spoke.
Although LeRoy’s voice is weak, most of the time he spoke, he was spared of the intense pain that he normally experiences almost constantly. The day before this service, and the day after, were some of his worst days of pain—but God gave precious grace for him to be able to convey this message.
If you know someone who is walking through deep trial or a season of affliction right now, I hope you’ll share with them this message as a means of hope and encouragement. No matter the pain, no matter the dark days, our Savior is worthy of all glory, honor, worship, and praise!
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