by: Erin Keller
The church is so blessed to have Merri working in the facilities department here at Community Church, but Merri will tell you she is the one who is blessed. The body of Christ that is Community Church was there for her as her husband, JL, battled lung cancer and after he died. The Sunday after JL’s funeral Merri was in church, and the sermon was about giving God our problems. “Pastor Bill preached a lesson about visualizing your problems in the palm of your hand and lifting them to God, just letting Him have them. I was at my wit’s end, and I remember doing that. I raised my hands to God, and literally a weight came off my shoulders. The made all the difference in the world. Everything fell into place. Now I do that every single day during my private time. God is teaching me to stay in His Word and sit in His lap and rely on Him, that He’s been there for me this whole time. He’s made me realize why I went through what I did. It was so I can help. Whenever I find out someone has cancer, or lung cancer especially, I feel drawn to them and feel like I am there to help them and to help their family and loved ones. I can see the doors that were opened, the doors that were closed, and it has made my faith stronger. I have a war room in my house that is covered with post-its of people that I pray for. I rely on Him with everything.”
Merry attended the grief group that the church hosts, and about six months after JL’s death, she started volunteering in the church office and then came on staff. Now Merri does the purchasing and supply inventory, as well as supervising the cleaning crew. “I love working here. I love being here. I love volunteering my time. I’m so thankful for everyone who has stepped up to help take care of the property. It makes everything so much easier for Alberto and me.”
God designed us to do life in community. Ask yourself, “Who does God want to be for me in this trial?” And ask yourself, “Who can I walk alongside in their trials?” May we be the hands and feet of Jesus to each other.