A help to many, including me

It took a truck to deliver the 10 pizzas, since the motorcycle deliverer couldn’t manage them all. So here came the owner in his vehicle. And right on time, too.

The pizzas were part of our going-away party, after church, for our son Joel, his wife Tansy, and our two grandchildren. (The fact that they’re the children of our son and daughter-in-law is incidental, understand.) They spent 11 months living down the street from us and will be returning this week to the U.S., as planned.

This was the first time we’ve had grandchildren living near us. It was a grand experience. They were able to see us in our home setting, rather than a few days visiting in their home once a year or so, and then gone again.

The blessings have been many. Among them, having physical family as spiritual family. It’s a wonderful thing when they overlap.

Joel has been active in leading in worship. He has a keen sense of applying Scripture to the moment.

The two times Vicki and I traveled during the period they were here, Joel also helped to keep things moving forward, together with other brethren, in our absence.

More than that, their presence here has helped both brethren and friends outside the church to see a multi-generational family in Christ. (We’re real people who didn’t just fall out of the sky or bubble up from the ground.) Joel and his family also met new people and have opened some doors of opportunity for the gospel, even after they leave.

We’re sad they’re leaving, but grateful for the time together.

Paul had a long list of people who were helpers in the gospel. Some of them were his kinfolk. In Romans 16, he mentions a number of them. Heading the list was a dear servant.

Now I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, so that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and provide her with whatever help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many, including me” Romans 16.1-2.

We pray the same may be said of all our children and all the brethren. And of ourselves.

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