First Christian Church of River View

 The Church with a Smile & an Open Door.


    Last week Natasha, our middle daughter, passed away.  I was at Fort Toulouse getting camp set up for Alabama Frontier Days and Glenna was on a cruise when I received the call Tuesday morning.  While we had expected that call for many years it came as a shock when I finally received it.  I had a hard choice to make; to deliberately not tell you, our church family, about Tasha’s death.  Please forgive me.  I did not tell the congregation for two reasons. First, I needed to tell Glenna and I could not do that until she arrived back in port on Sunday morning.  The second reason (and I am no martyr here), Sunday was about Billy Bob and Will, and I was not about to let Satan steal that joy.

   As we prepare for Thanksgiving, even in the midst of Tasha’s passing, Glenna and I have so much to be thankful for. We are, and have been, surrounded by such an abundance of love that it seems almost unfathomable.  Speaking for myself I can only wish that I love each of you as hard as you love us.  The Gospel of John (13:34-35 NIV) records Jesus saying:  “A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  As a denomination we call ourselves Disciples of Christ.  Over the last six months as your pastor I have seen that love first hand on many occasions.  You are truly Disciples as Jesus our Lord and Savior has commanded.

   Glenna and I are blessed beyond measure to be able to serve with each of you.