“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
I’m taking a legal COVID trip with my husband. For tonight, I had planned a humorous article I wrote 8 years ago. It is totally inappropriate given the events of the day. Please join me in praying for the wives and their children.
Darrin Patrick: RIP
I will have more to say about this tragedy at a more appropriate time.
Julie Roys posted Restored Pastor & Former Acts 29 VP Darrin Patrick Dies Unexpectedly
At 5:58 EDT, Seacoast disclosed that Darrin Patrick died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The church said Patrick was target shooting with a friend at the time of death and no foul play is suspected.
…Patrick was the founding pastor of The Journey, a megachurch in St. Louis with five campuses. He also served on the council of The Gospel Coalition and with Acts 29, and was the author of several popular books, including The Dude’s Guide to Manhood and Church Planter. For a time, he also served as the chaplain of the St. Louis Cardinals.
However, four years ago, Patrick was fired from The Journey, a megachurch in St. Louis, for a pattern of sinful behaviors, including an emotional affair and “a history of building his identity through ministry and media platforms.”
Patrick reportedly submitted to a 26-month restoration plan that included 200 hours of professional counseling and regular meetings with several pastors.
At this time I have decided not to repeat what you can read on that post. However, I will say that I have been concerned for years over the quick restoration plans for struggling pastors.
Ravi Zacharias has returned home to spend his last time with his family.
Here is the link to his Facebook page.
Today my daughter, Sarah, shared this update with our global staff at RZIM. God is with us.
Thank you so much for your faithful prayers for my dad and for my family in recent months as he has undergone back surgery and treatment for cancer. Truly, words fail to convey the depths of our gratitude for your many expressions of love.
We have just learned that while the tumor in my dad’s sacrum has been responding to the chemotherapy, the area where the cancer metastasized has actually worsened. His oncologist informed us that this cancer is very rare in its aggression and that no options for further treatment remain. Medically speaking, they have done all they are able.
Ravi, Margie, and Naomi are returning from Houston and will remain at home in Atlanta, where our family can be together for whatever time the Lord gives us.
We are so grateful to God for His goodness and His love that we have seen evidenced in so many ways. The love and care that you have given to us is one of the most beautiful expressions of God’s kindness. We are deeply grateful for the care of the medical teams at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the friendship and love of those who served and cared so faithfully and came alongside in many generous and unexpected ways.
After many weeks of separation, our family is anxious to spend time together. You are also our family. We love you and are grateful to share these thin places with you. Thank you for what each of you do to faithfully support my dad’s work and calling, and to advance the cause of evangelism around the world.
We know that God has purposed and numbered each of our days, and only He knows how many more Ravi will experience on this earth. One day, likely sooner than later, we will be serving without our beloved founder, though I know his love and legacy will convict and inspire us to service of his Lord even greater than we have seen before. While we are full of so many emotions, we are also at peace, resting in the truth that God knows all and sees all and is sovereign and good. I think of the great joy my dad will have, and I am comforted.
Thank you for taking this journey with us, and as always, for your faithful prayers.
With much love and on behalf of Ravi, Margie, Naomi, and Nathan,
CEO of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries”
“The death of a beloved is an amputation.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed