Jeanna Repass serves as the Kansas City Missions Program Director at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.
One year ago this week, my oldest son Adam was driving back to college for spring football practice when his car hit a patch of black ice on Interstate I-29 causing it to careen into the cement guard rail and roll over five times. I received a phone call from the State Patrol telling me that my son had been in a serious accident and was in the hospital. He survived, made a complete recovery (sans some nasty scarring on his left hand) and is thriving today – praise God!
As a Mom it was one of the scariest days of my life. At the time I would not have said “Thank God for that car accident!” I do not believe that God causes car accidents so I would not want to attribute a tragic accident to our loving, omnipotent heavenly Father. But today I would say, “Thank God for all the love and growth in my faith that came out of that car accident.”
I am most definitely a woman of faith whose belief in Jesus as the resurrected son of God is firm and unshakable. There is not anything that anyone could say to me that would change that belief. I’m a “Jesus Girl” and that’s that! I have however seen people whose faith is an inspiration to me and whom I look up to as the people I would describe as truly deeply committed Christians. These are people who have a whole-hearted faith and they live it out in ways that are daily testimonies to me.
Most of those people who inspire me would be the first ones to humbly say that they are still striving to grow in their faith and become more committed to Christ. I know them by their actions. They are the ones that give the eulogies at their loved ones funerals and fill those eulogies with so much affirmation of the promise of the resurrection that those of us in attendance leave knowing we’ve glimpse resurrection and can’t wait to be a part of it ourselves.
These are the people who not only, “Consider the lilies of the fields….” but also live their lives reflecting what it truly means to, “Seek first the kingdom of God…” knowing “…it is our Father’s good pleasure to give (us) the kingdom.” (Luke 12: 29 & 32). During this season of Lent, I am not only reading through the book of Luke reflecting on the scriptures through renewed prayer for deeper understanding; I am also leaning into the witness of others where I find the scriptures lived out and find my faith inspired by theirs. Thank you Darrell and Patricia and all of you whom would never self proclaim – but whose lives are the example of what it means to follow Jesus whole-heartedly and passionately. Amen.
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