From the Pastor’s Desk
This month, I want to share something that I learned during the tragedy that my family and I have faced. Just to share some history, my grandparents had 20 grandchildren. I was the first and Keisha made number 19. Keisha’s father is my youngest uncle but we were raised as brothers, disciplined and educated by the same parents. Keisha was the youngest of three children and when she was born, I celebrated that birth. I remember her first steps, her first words, her first day at school and the first song she sang. In every family activity, she was as much a part of as the rest of my children and on December 31, 2017, she was called home at the age of 23. Keisha meant the world to me and I do admit that I miss her dearly and will miss her for the rest of my life.
I have so many memories of her on my cell phone, but one that resounds the most was one that she wrote to me when we lost Joey Torres back in September 2017. I want to share these with you: “I won’t ask you how you’re doing because I know your heart is broken. Just wanted to say that I am praying for you and that this too shall pass. I pray for the healing power of God to be made manifest in your life and in the life of everyone else affected! You have people in your corner praying and lifting you up. This will take time, but you will see the light at the end of the tunnel. I LOVE YOU.” As I read this today, I thank God for everyone in our corner that lifts us up in prayer and remember what God spoke to Joshua in the following promise from Joshua 1:5: “No one will be able to resist you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not abandon you or leave you alone.”
I can freely continue to celebrate the fact that not only do I have people in my corner but I have GOD in my corner and that is the best news received on a daily basis. I also say that 2018 will be a great year for Skyland; we’ve had our blows, but we are back on our feet and we will keep fighting the good fight in the name of JESUS.
-By Pastor José