Good evening on this Fourth Sunday of Easter.
So last weekend, as you know, some of us gathered for the meeting of our first mission council. It was an exciting gathering because this group will help refine Crossroad's vision and then take steps to make that vision a reality.
Interestingly enough though, before the actual meeting began, as we were eating breakfast, some of us were talking about some of the disappointments and challenges we have faced over time in ministry, particularly those times and occasions when we have pursued things which we have clearly discerned to be part of God’s leading, yet things didn’t turn out quite like we expected or imagined. What was clear to all of us as we talked, and this was by no means a new revelation to us, is that being a Christian and following God’s leading does not mean that everything in our lives will be smooth sailing. Nor can we expect to be spared of disappointment or sadness.