NEWS & NOTES
On Friday, Nov. 2, at 6:45pm, Joshua Lionheart Martinez was born into the loving arms of his parents Kim and Confesor, surrounded by the love of his nine older siblings. At 7:30pm, his family released him into the loving arms of his God and Savior Jesus Christ, surrounded by the love of the heavenly host. Below Kim and Confesor share their memory and a precious photo of that holy moment.
“Joshua Lionheart, we are committed to you both in life and in death. As a family, we set you free to be with your Father in heaven.“ These are the words I proclaimed over our son Joshua, cutting the umbilical cord shortly after he went home to be with Jesus.
It is our family tradition to have all our children join me in cutting their newest sibling's umbilical cord. I have usually taken this time to invite our children to make a covenant with Kim and me to help raise this new member of our family -- to receive this little person with grace, love, and instruction as Kim and I recognize our inability to do it on our own.
This cord cutting was different. From early on in the pregnancy we'd known of the eventual outcome. And we'd covenanted as a family to live in the sorrow together. To not run from it. To not hide from it. But to allow ourselves to be crushed under the weight of it. Why? So that Christ could be glorified though it. Over the past week, Kim and I have seen Christ do just that in all of our children’s lives and beyond.
What you don’t see in the picture above are all of your hands, Painted Door. But we assure you, sweet church, your hands are there. They are stretched out toward us in prayer. They supported our whole family in this most painful time in our lives.
And they supported us as we cut the cord, a symbolic gesture setting Joshua free from this earth. True to his namesake, Joshua has entered the promised land before us. To God be the glory forever and ever, Amen.
"No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. ... Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." -Joshua 1:5,9
THIS COMING SUNDAY
FAITH IS A TERRIBLE IDEA
Pastor Mark Bergin
The Christian faith is not merely a set of doctrines to be accepted. It is a way of life to be embraced. And Jesus lived that way of life for us. He filled up faith with good works, courageous acts of love, mercy, and service. So when we enter into the faith, we do not enter into an idea. We enter into a life already lived. We enter into a finished work. We are mysteriously grafted into the very life Jesus. If Christian faith were simply an idea, it would be a terrible one -- an elusive trust impossible to sustain. But Christian faith is the faithfulness of Christ given to us. And what freedom it is that his faithfulness is his alone to sustain.