God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
This morning, I sat in the room of Cecie Doucet, as her good friend Tom and I shared stories of our sister-in-Christ and how much she meant to us. God so blessed Cecie with fellow Seattle Police Officer, Tom Sacco. Tom, who is Sicilian and a retired police officer, was sent to be her guardian angel. God has blessed Cecie and she, in turn, has been a blessing to her church family. James 1:12 proved itself to be absolutely true in the impact of her life.
This week Dr. Rey Diaz will be preaching in all the services and sharing the dynamic story of the Good Samaritan. It is so good to have Pastor Rey home for the Festival of Miracles Auction on Saturday night where we raise money for a place of refuge for the street kids in Honduras and in Kenya.
Cecie cared so much for those children as we all do. Being a child who was put up for adoption at birth, Cecie lived a life that would make a great movie. How God reached someone who had gone through all of the hardships, and became a prominent Seattle Police Detective for 38 years and an on-fire Christian since the 1970s when she gave her life to Jesus Christ in the Jesus People Movement. It was due to all of the difficulties and all of the ups and downs that prepared her to be the angel that she became. So it is with you and me. God is working a project in our lives, and be assured of this, that He who began a good work in you will see it to completion. Philippians 1:6. This is the miracle that causes us to believe in the potential of every life of every street child who is considered the least of these. Which ones will have stories like Cecie or me or you? We don’t know, but we can be a church that believes in this miracle - that there awaits a crown of life to those who endure. We are in the business of helping those who struggle to endure. But we can’t do it without God’s help.
Your friend for the rest of my life,
Pastor Tim White