For those of you who weren’t at church last week, let me catch you up. There was an accident in the parking lot (or as Kirk Grier put it, there was an “auto event”). Everyone is okay. Nobody got hurt. Cars got hurt. There is nothing more unsettling than the sound of crunching metal and I think we were all a little shaken up. But we were also incredibly grateful that the damage was limited to things that can be replaced.
It’s humbling to see people leap into action to help one another. Like a well-oiled machine, everyone knew their part and played it. Some people began to make phone calls, others extracted cars and took pictures, some lightened the mood with humor, others provided comforting words. As upsetting as the situation was, it was made much easier because of the kindness, patience, humor and compassion among the people of St. Andrew’s. As the police finished their reports, and the fire engine left the parking lot, and people hugged one another goodbye, I felt such gratitude to be the pastor of a church that embodies Christ in such a visible way.
There is a lot of follow up work to be done, I know. I also know that there are angels among you who are helping those who need it. The most significant blessings are often found in the most distressing times. I hope you found yours too.