Seeking Peace in Shock and Sorrow

two copper coins banner.JPGDear sisters, brothers, friends and colleagues,

The news that one of our colleagues had ended his own life has left me, and I’m sure many of you, staggering. By now I hope you have seen the announcement from the office to clergy in the region concerning David Woods. Making calls, sharing the sad news, and even writing this, I struggle to find words beyond that statement of “here’s what happened.”

The words of 1 Corinthians 4:7 resonate with me: “But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.” We have been entrusted with such a great treasure as God’s Good News in Jesus Christ, and yet we are fragile in so many ways.

Those of us who had a chance to work with David will miss his warm and gentle spirit. While we cannot know what weighed so heavily on David’s heart, mind, and spirit, we know the challenges and the loneliness of our work and call. We know our own fragility and our reliance on God’s extraordinary power.

I know that you will join me in prayer for David’s wife, Darla, for his parents, Dan and Nancy, and for Village Christian Church. At the same time, I invite us to be a prayerful presence for one another.

In the midst of grief, of shock, of sadness, of ambiguity and wonder, may God’s steadfast love guide you to the peace of Christ that passes understanding.

Blessings,

Dean Phelps
Interim Regional Minister

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