Friday, January 28, 2011


A very good friend of mine has faithfully taken my to breakfast every single week over the past 4 months in order to encourage me and learn how he and his wife can be praying for our family. I have been so blessed by his generosity and his friendship. We met again yesterday for our weekly breakfast and it simply was an amazing start to my day.

Well, to be honest, the day didn't start so amazingly. Knowing I had this breakfast meeting, I got up at 6:15 in order to shovel the driveway only to discover that we got a little more snow Wednesday night than I thought we were going to get - and it was heavy. Being about the only person on my block with no snow-blower (guess that makes me a real man! Ha!) I spent the next nearly 90 minutes clearing the driveway of that beautiful white stuff. And to make matters worse, just when I finally got to the end of the long driveway I was faced with a "mountain" of ice "boulders" blocking the end of my drive courtesy of the snowplows. OK - it wasn't a "mountain" of snow and they weren't really ice "boulders," but with every muscle in my body already aching from shoveling the drive, they might as well have been "mountains" and "boulders". And if that wasn't bad enough, after I grabbed my shower, dressed and was heading out to the car, I realized I needed to put the trash out. On the way to the curb I slipped on the ice and fell flat on my back (No, I did not think any bad words on the way down!)! And then, wouldn't you know it, the garbage truck never even made it down our street!

But as lousy as the first 2 hours of the morning were, breakfast made up for the whole thing. We shared with excitement the many things God was showing each of us in our own time with the Lord in His Word. My friend shared from the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in the Gospel of John. It is a passage he will be preaching from March 13th when he preaches at his parents church (I can't wait to be there and hear him!). I shared from the many principles and truths that God has been showing me from the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis (many of which I am sharing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at my other blog entitled "Hope For Hurting Pastors" - see the link below).

We had such an amazing time sharing with each other (that's real fellowship) that time flew by and before we knew it the clock was moving toward 10am and we were both late for our next engagement. But it sure was a great breakfast - and apart from some earlier shoveling of "mountains" of ice "boulders", and a body-crushing slip on the ice, it was the perfect way to start my day!


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Diane said...

I also have a faithful friend who encourages me weekly. Isn't it such a blessing for friends like that? To be able to share prayer requests and share our deepest hurts and then be able to praise God together when we see Him working. I think that is what God wants for all of us. I thank Him that He has provided Rick for you during this time.

Pastor Scott said...

Praise the Lord, Diane! Blessings to yoy and your friend!

cindysears10 said...

Dear Pastor Scott,

I really miss your sermons and your happy face but I'm so thrilled you have found a new ministry! You are a very talented man. It's totally our LITITZ loss and their gain. God bless you and your family.

Cindy Sears