You may have heard the song, “The Blessing,” based on a compilation of blessings, prayers, and promises found in scripture. I find it to be so encouraging to reflect on the Lord’s heart for each of us. One of the bridges is:
May his favor be upon you / And a thousand generations
And your family and your children / And their children, and their children.
The lyrics are based on, “But the loving kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him. And His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them.” (Psalm 103:17-18).
Over the last few months, I am so excited as I see more and more parents attend our Sunday services at The Rock and worship with their children who are living here. I am reminded that our ministry is not limited, because God is not limited, to just the youth that we are serving. His love and restoration can reach their parents and change the trajectory of generations to come in our youth’s future children and grandchildren.
A few weeks ago, at the end of service, Pastor Abel asked anyone having something on their heart for which they wanted prayer to stand up. As different youth and adults began to stand up, I felt moved to go and pray for a father that had been attending for many weeks with his daughter, Christy. The father, Mark, shared that he had a history of alcoholism and that he had been doing well for a good while but had relapsed last week. He began to cry, and Christy started crying also. This was a problem contributing to why they are not able to live together. Mark was so sorry, and Christy was so discouraged on one hand but so hopeful and forgiving on the other.
Despite having a clinical background and a lot of experience with these kinds of family situations, I just got to be a compassionate friend in church that had the privilege to look like Jesus. We hugged, prayed, wept, and just stood in that tender holy moment! Later I asked their counseling staff about Christy and Mark. They shared that Mark had been honest and reported his relapse taking full responsibility for his decision. Christy was angry but hopeful because she said her dad had never done that before and has always tried to cover up his drinking.
We see that the Lord is changing Mark’s heart, healing his and Christy’s relationship, and shepherding them down His good path now and for the generations that will follow.
I am so blessed to do what I get to do and see what I get to see. I love to testify of the Lord’s amazing goodness and share it with you who pray and give to see life changes happen. Thank you so much! Please know that you are making an eternal difference and I am praying “The Blessing” for you and your family.