What a great day. Today was awesome at Calvary! This could have been the best service we have had in a long time. One of the best things about the day was the story I am about to tell you. 

Background: Everyone knows the song by SUPER HOT Rihanna, “Umbrella”, well Pastor did a sermon as a part of our new series Calvary Cares. Todays sermon topic was the story of the good samaritan. Irony would have it that we have not had a rainy Sunday in WEEKS! Today, it POURED. God is a trip.

So here is the story that ROCKED my world. We had a guy act up on the second row in second service. He stood up, started yelling, just acting a FOUL! So we escorted him out and Pastor Troy laid the law down on him. Pastor Troy rocked. I was staying with him, for 2 reasons: 1. he is my boy 2. if that joker tried anything, I was not going to let my boy get attacked. Everything was cool. So I started walking back to the sanctuary and I got to the top of the hill and saw a lady walking down the driveway, in the rain. FAST FORWARD: After the service, one of our friends came up to me and told me this amazing story: One of our guys went out and started to talk to the lady who was walking away. The lady was homeless. She has aids, MS, and “a bad rash down there”. She was on drugs and in a lot of pain. Everyone had kinda freaked that she was so bad off, and that she had aids. They had freaked so bad they where letting her walk away, IN THE RAIN, when she could hardly walk anyway due to her issues. As the story goes, Pastor was preaching on the inside and said “who is going to put up their umbrella to reach our community. who is going to carry the umbrella for the hurt and the homeless?” The person who told me the story heard pastor say this over the intercom as she watched all people treating this lady somewhat not how Jesus might. Then she looked out the window and one of our guys was bringing the lady back into the sanctuary, walking slowly with her, helping her out, both under an umbrella….

we may not always get it right, but today, despite the drama, we extended our umbrella and REALLY did become the hands and feet of Jesus. It will never make it to TV, radio, or in a magazine, it wont be a commercial or a billboard, but today God used his multiple duplicity and used 1 story, some umbrellas, rain, and a lady going to the bathroom at the right time to reach a drug addicted women, minister to the heart of the mom who was going to the bathroom, reach the masses in our sanctuary, and change my life just from hearing the story.

When the sun shines, we’ll shine together

Told you I’ll be here forever

Said I’ll always be your friend

Took an oath I’mma stick it out ’till the end

Now that it’s raining more than ever

Know that we’ll still have each other

You can stand under my umbrella

You can stand under my umbrella

(Ella ella eh eh eh)

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