In the seven years I have been writing on this blog I rarely post information about what happens in my personal life. I attempt to keep the blog focused on the issues you care about and what is helpful to you. Today’s post is an exception to that normal method.
On Wednesday, November 12 I was working at my desk at home when someone began banging on our apartment door. The man said the the roof was on fire and that I needed to get out of the building. I grabbed my English Bible, Hebrew Bible, laptop, and ran outside. I saw the fire was small and at the other side of the building so I went back into the apartment to grab some of our financial information and anything else I knew was important.
Once outside the second time I saw that the fire was growing. As the fire department arrived the fire grew and grew. Now, the building is damaged to the point that we will never be able to re-enter the building to retrieve our items.
Thankfully, no one was hurt. All the residents made it out of the building safe, no firemen were hurt fighting the fire, and all pets were saved too.
Sadly, we have lost everything from our apartment which I could not carry out that afternoon. A large part of me feels that “it’s all just stuff that can be replaced,” but there is another part of my that feels connected with some of our items. These are things like my journals I’ve spent the last ten years writing in, the Bible I read for two years before becoming a Christian, letters I gave to my wife throughout the five years we have been together, rare books my grandmother provided to me, just to name a few.
This experience has reminded me that God is good and that he provides. This material world is temporary and will be judged when Jesus returns.
One of the positive experiences we have seen from this is the enormous support from people. We’ve received prayers, encouragement, and help from the students, faculty, and staff at Dallas Theological Seminary, our church (NorthPointe Baptist Church), close friends, family, both of our jobs, as well as the apartment complex which we rent from.
Some people who do not live near us have offered to help. Jen and I have created two Amazon “wish lists” as a way for people to help. One list includes items we will need for our apartment. Another list are mostly books I regularly used for school and teaching my volunteer leadership workshops.
Apartment List, http://amzn.com/w/BE3VUXY30JA
Book List, http://amzn.com/w/2MI0BP1KMLZAP
Thank you for your support and encouragement during this difficult time for us. We are grateful for you and glad to know God has and will see us through until the end.