KOH2RVA: Day 109

StStephenIconForWebIt’s Day 109 of KOH2RVA, our year-long, every-member mission trip to Richmond, but on the Christian calendar it’s the feast day of St. Stephen. You may remember the song:

Good King What’s-His-Face looked out
On the Feast of Stephen,
And the chance of rain that day?
Slightly more than even.

I got email from Jerry Michael yesterday, who was initially a member of our “television congregation,” and then a leader in one of our first “Microchurches,” and who now comes to the early service every Sunday and then goes home to cook a big brunch for his family, encouraging them to settle in front of the TV for the 11:00 service on Channel 8.

He’s all in.

So I wasn’t surprised to hear that he’s been bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia, for a while now, and not just this year. Look at what he had to say yesterday:

Jim,

I wish you a merry Christmas and thank you for the way you profess what is real in Jesus. I get it!

My son Travis and I did the KOH2RVA thing today (Christmas Eve) by giving a Christmas gift card to a man with a young child at the Dollar Store. The man didn’t seem to have enough money to give the child what he really wanted. Well…Travis and I decided to give him the card, ($100.00). So we did. We high tailed it out of the store right away. Later we saw the man and his son smiling and walking down the sidewalk. What a joy. This is the fifth year we’ve done this. Travis understands what it is to give.

Do you remember that sermon you preached about “Doo-Doo,” the poor little kid from the trailer park? I pray for kids like him, and I know where you’re coming from Jim. I’ve been there. You and I should give thanks and praise to our Lord God and Praise Jesus. But let’s not forget the ones Jesus loved like Judas.

Very Warmly,

Jerry

I’m not completely sure what Jerry means about “not forgetting the ones Jesus loved like Judas,” but I think he’s saying let’s not forget those people who are on the fringes of society, not even those people who are on the fringes of our society—the ones who have ignored us, neglected us, betrayed us, and let us down. This season of Christmas (which, according to the Christian calendar, goes on for a full twelve days) might be the perfect time to reach out to some of those people with the love of the One who gave us his only son, and this day—St. Stephen’s Day—might be the perfect time to say, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them” (Acts 7:60).

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