While I have walk around the courts of the USC campus I have thought a lot about you, specially those of you who also attend FRC Doral. I will boldly ask that you pray for our Campus and for each other. We have a great community of volunteers and attending families that need to be loved, guided and encouraged. It goes beyond the beautiful lobby that we have and it is much more then having candles in the auditorium. It is to create the time to genuinely have interest in people and share Christ because we care. Not only with new comers but with anyone who is hurt or in need of encouragement. Pray for direction, we have a clear vision, but we need committed direction, if we do not pray, we will not receive the Pastor that will come to take care of the sheep and not of the building. Alone, we cannot do anything, but praying together will bring a beautiful aroma to God, He will know his children are praying and their hearts are hungry for answer to their prayers. We have had loving people who have come forward and have done a great sacrifice for us and we must pray for them too with a grateful heart for the time and devotion they gave from their lives.
We know the great things that we have done in the past. The many City events that we attended as FRC Doral, trunk or treat, Ronald McDonnald gift visit, Feeding the homeless in Hallandale, the water distributions, 5 de Mayo, volunteers Day and the International Food Festivals. All these happen without trying too hard, but just by being who we are, one great family, Christ is with us in this too.
"I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you."
I write you about these hymns, not because they have a tune that raise the hair but because the attitude of these fellow Christians are inspiring. They demonstrate a character of submission and genuine devotion to Christ even in the most critical times of their life's.
The things they go through we read in the book of Job perhaps, but they are people who lived not long ago. Their stories of faith and perseverance go further then their emotions and their own want.
Joseph M. Scriven was born and live in Ireland. In 1844 was engaged.
A day before the wedding the couple was going to meet by the river
but when she got there she felt from the horse head first in the water
and drowned. Minutes later Scriven arrived as she was taken out of the
water without life. He was devastated, now he would never marry the love of his life and live
the dreams he had built with her. Despite his misfortune, his faith was clear and he clung unto
his only true Friend, Jesus. Scriven moved to Canada as everything in Ireland reminded him of his beloved and also of the broken dreams. In 1845 he moved to Canada, to Port Hope, and he devoted himself to serve Christ with his life. He help the poor, the widows and anyone in need. he never denied a request for help. He was known for his reflection of Christ in his life. In 1854 when he was helping a friend, he met with this young lady. Scriven felt in love again. Months before the day of his wedding, tragedy struck again. His new love became sick of pneumonia and despite of the excellent care he provided, she died. Again Scriven ran to the arms of the one Friend who could comfort and strengthen him in the only way he could find peace, Christ.
A year after he wrote a poem to his mom to encourage her, he wrote about this Friend of his who helped him through all this time of devastation and pain and who gave him purpose and guidance in life, Jesus. He wrote:
"What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Join me in bringing prayers to Christ, prayers with love and gratitude for our church, for past leaders and future leaders of FRC Doral . Amen.
Love you much,