Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:54-60 ESV)
Where does love like this come from? To be able to be in the midst of pain, and hurt, and still look and ask that the people that are or have caused so much pain to still be saved? It’s truly love when it goes to the extent of forgiving the inexcusable.
It’s 12:30 am here in Virginia and I have seen my dad a total of 3 times in the last 2 days. To say it has been good is an understatement. God has truly done so much. When I left home I saw on my facebook page this song called This Love. that has set the tone of this trip. On the way here I kept thinking love covers a multitude of sins. When we got to Virginia I was reminded that the slogan for Virginia is Virginia is for lovers.By this time I got the picture fully. I was being sent here to simply love. Regardless of the past I was sent to love.
When we drove up to the hotel I looked up and there was a tiny little piece of a rainbow right above our hotel. It was amazing.
I never have experienced what Stephen in the Bible did with getting stoned but sometimes the enemy tries to throw those guilts of wasted time and past hurt at you and I never knew that I would be able to still stand and ask God to not hold anything against those who have hurt me. Needless to say I have experienced so much love, peace and promises from God.
My dad is doing great. Right now the focus is on his healing before they do chemo but he is in a really positive mindset.
Through this journey a HUGE thing I have seen is that God answers prayers. One example is that for years I have prayed for my dad. One of my main prayers is that God would send him people that would take care of him especially in the hard hopeless times. One thing I’ve seen is that my dad has an amazing family around him. Also my dad was telling me about when he was in the hospital and had been sleep from post surgery and woke up to one of his super good friends from his childhood standing over him. His friend is an anesthesiologist at the hospital and saw my dad’s name in the chart and told them he would take care of him while he is there. Every time he’s had anesthesia his friend has been there which is super comforting for my dad. His surgeries have gone well and hopefully they will be treating the cancer soon.
Another cool story of God’s faithfulness is that since my dad doesn’t have insurance and hasn’t done anything really with the government aide he really hasn’t had the money to take care of the in home care he had to have or the medical bills. Well because of the severity and the compassion of the people hear he hasn’t had to worry about bills and all.
God has definitely had His hand on him.
We have had an incredible time. From seeing lighthouses, Dolphins, and King Neptune it’s been great.
I’ll leave you with this… God’s love can get you through storms you never imagined. His forgiveness can cover the deepest wounds. And His future for you is greater than the past. He is faithful friends. Love covers sins and it casts out all fear. I know that for a fact.
I love you guys. I’ll update you soon.