Love Carries A Cross

god loveAll anyone could talk about after the service was the wonderful, spontaneous song Stacy sang to us.  It was a delightful gift from the Spirit.  It seemed everything that preceded it was simply a prelude.  For those who were not there I will give you a quick overview of the service.

  • Three new families were introduced and welcomed.
  • Jason Harvey taught the children a beautiful lesson on forgiveness.
  • Jim Fletcher and company lead a wonderful selection of songs centered on the cross.
  • I preached a dialogue sermon with Mitch talking about how we see love in the cross of Christ.
  • The Lord’s Supper encouraged the dialogue to continue with many conversations going on all at the same time.
  • Family Prayer was offered and people gathered with their Shepherds.

It was during family prayer that Stacy Scott approached me.  I thought she was coming for prayer, but she told me the Lord had put a song on her heart and respectfully asked if she might be allowed to sing to the congregation.  She told me the song had been written by a friend of hers in 1987 and fit perfectly with the scriptures we had been teaching during the sermon.

My first thought was that we were already about 15 minutes past our normal stopping time and still had a lengthy announcement concerning Impact Week.  My second thought was that, although I know and love Stacy, I wasn’t sure exactly what she might do with a microphone and the focused attention of everyone in the audience.  My third thought was that this sounded exactly like the kind of thing the Spirit of God might do if in fact, he wanted to give us a visible demonstration of his love for us.

Thankfully, I discarded the first two thoughts and let Stacy sing.  Stacy’s story is so horrible it’s difficult to listen to her tell it.  She has endured terrible abuse and mistreatment; some of it in the name of the Christian religion.  In addition to the suffering inflicted upon her by others; she has made her own bad decisions and paid a heavy price.

She has been faithfully attending CLCC for some time now.  She told me she keeps coming because she feels loved and accepted.  I know our ladies’ class has played a huge role in that; in addition to the love shown to her by Barry and Sharon Duncan and their family.

If Jesus were to appear and physically embrace each of us; I think it might feel something like I felt this morning while listening to Stacy sing.  She is on the road to knowing Jesus and experiencing freedom in Christ.  That song was part of her journey and as she served us; I am confident that Jesus was drawing her closer to him.  Thank you Jesus for blessing us this morning.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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