Making A Difference

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, this TV spot with Dr. KaraBeth Moore could not have been more timely. Thank you KaraBeth for using your gift of healing!

Breast cancer hits home in a particular way for my family. This February my aunt Brenda died from complications of breast cancer. This was her second round of journeying with the disease. The disease took many things from B. but it could not take her love, her generous spirit, or her faith in Christ. No, these three things only grew stronger and more visible. B.’s witness for Christ bloomed in the way that only gracefully handling trials can do. And while we grieve our loss, we do not grieve her current residency in heaven. No more tears and no more pain, B. And for that we are all thankful.

This weekend is All Saints Sunday. It is the day in the church calendar we honor, celebrate, and remember our loved ones who have gone on to the church triumphant. As followers of Christ, we grieve but do not despair; we cry but do not lose hope; we mourn but that does not diminish the celebration of new life through Christ. I know my heart will be full of love. In part because of someone who shared it generously and showed it so fiercely.

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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