Hey Guys and Gals,
Just a note about visiting Jake. This ordeal obviously has taken a major toll on the whole family, so we want to be sensitive to their need for rest. But it will definitely be good for them to have visitors as soon as they are ready. I’ll let everyone know as soon as I hear from Alex or Pam & Jeff. The Cunninghams appreciate everyone’s concern and prayers through this crisis. I can’t tell you how much the prayers of this church family were felt over the past few days.
Also, I have noticed so many of you (parents and kids) reaching out to the Cunninghams during this time. I just want to say that I am so proud to be a part of a church that recognizes what matters in life, that allows itself to be filled with the compassion of Christ. Love is costly and difficult, and I have seen the messiness of love poured all over this situation in the most beautiful of ways.
As I shared with the high school students, I would encourage everyone to take some time to reflect, journal, read Scripture (maybe John 11?), pray, and hug your kids a little more tightly than normal–what precious gifts, at times so resilient, at other so fragile. God speaks during times like this, which are sobering for the way we think about ourselves and the world, about what we value and why. I’d encourage all of us to take ourselves before God and ask him to awaken our love for him and others and put to death any of the deceptions that keep us turned inward toward a center in self and not in Christ.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn. 10:10).
Love you guys. So thankful to be a part of this church family!