As a follow up to my post this week about the vanishing of Jennifer (Turner) Huston, Missing Mom close to home I feel compelled to share more about the gathering graciously hosted by Hillside Community Church in Newberg Tuesday evening, the event was about connecting the family and community in support of one another and offering a place to gather in prayer for courage, and for strength, and of course that that Jennifer is found safe, sound and soon.
It was an intimate gathering, and Pastor Zach Elliott starting the evening by reading from the 13th Psalm and beautifully summarizing it by saying this:
"This Psalm invites us to wait," he said. "The silence can be a difficult thing to wait into but you are surrounded by people who want to wait with you into that silence because we know it can be terrifying." Then, he asked for courage for those present to "enter into the silence and ask the Lord: how long?"
People prayed, shared stories and encouragement.
One woman shared an amazing, inspiring story about keeping the faith by recollecting how just before Easter last year her friend and fellow George Fox student Mary Owen was lost for a week on Mount Hood after suffering from an icy 40-foot fall.
Owen, 23 at the time, was found alive, albeit injured and frostbitten after nearly a week of nothing but questions.
It was good to remember it's worth keeping the faith as the search for Jennifer continues.
The gathering concluded with a reading from Romans 8:31.
You guys, there were a lot of tears in that room but also? An awesome amount of hope.
To hear that verse and my first pod-casty attempt on a totally unexpected subject (for me!) click on the audio link below.
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