BY JODI VAN RHEE
senior pastor of The Adventure in Draper, Utah
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Psalm 34:18 NLT
In 2016, following many unmistakable promptings from the Lord, I became the senior pastor of the church my husband, Eric, and I had planted 16 years earlier. Six weeks later, Eric passed away unexpectedly from an aortic aneurysm. For the first time in my life, I was experiencing a profound sorrow for which I had no way of preparing myself. It was difficult to imagine I would ever know joy, hope or contentment again. Grief is extremely intimate, and everyone experiences it in a unique way. Widowhood is lonely, scary, inconvenient, dark, hopeless and terrifying. And yet, the Lord consistently brought to my mind Josh. 1:9: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” I was not strong. I was not courageous. I was afraid and discouraged. But regardless of everything I’d experienced, I had an overwhelming sense that the Lord was near to my broken heart. His presence held me, and I absolutely knew I was not alone.
Jodi recorded her testimony that she shared with her local congregation following her husband’s passing. Watch it at youtu.be/IoK-W8hh1Hg.
PRAYER + REFLECTION
When you are going through dark times, pray for the Lord to show you that He is your strength.
Ask the Lord to show you that you have courage when you are afraid.
Ask the Lord to stay near you, in your darkest hours.
COMMUNITY PARTNERS // JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMUNITY MINISTRIES
We have the privilege of partnering with Jefferson County Community Ministries (JCCM). JCCM serves the “least of these” in our community. Men and women that have fallen on hard times and are often overlooked and rejected from the everyday parts of our lives.
PRAYER + REFLECTION
Pray for the cold weather shelter that patrons would be safe and needs would be met.
Pray for volunteers and support to continue to care for the needs of the ministry.
Pray for Bob and the Board of Directors that God would continue to give them wisdom, vision, and ability to carry out the Kingdom Assignment for this ministry.