“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
On this Memorial Day I find myself thinking of my namesake. Dana was my dad’s best friend, they were stationed together the Philippines in the latter years of WWII. Story has it that my dad was ill one night and his friend took his place on a forward watch. They didn’t know that the few remaining Japanese soldiers were about to launch their last attack on their Army camp that night. My dad’s friend was killed in action and to honor to him he gave me his name: Dana. I was fortunate enough some 27 years after his death to be stationed at the Naval Hospital in the Philippines and to visit the Phil-Am Cemetery in Manila; to honor him (and many others) for the sacrifices made. It’s uncanny isn’t it, how twists and turns in life can have such a profound effect on us and generations to follow. It’s like destiny has its own course, sometimes it just seems that way, doesn’t it.
In CR we learn that destiny, to some extent, is played out by the choices we make. Some are good, some are bad and when it was bad for me it was bad for you, if you had a relationship with me. Recovery is about making better choices. Daily surrender starts the process by putting God first and accepting his grace. We may not always get what we want, but we sure get what we need. Today, by putting our faith into action we can grow in our serenity even in the midst of chaos; trusting in Jesus that our life will work out according to God’s plan, if we stay true to him. If you are experiencing chaos in your life right now stop and pray; pick up the phone and call your accountability partner, sponsor, friend, or pastor. God always provides a solution when we surrender to him and follow his will.
“Let us, then, feel very sure that we can come before God’s throne where there is grace. There we can receive mercy and grace to help us when we need it.” Hebrews 4:16
Father God, thank you for your unfailing grace, love, forgiveness, and mercy. Thank you for being right here right now, for wanting to be in relationship with us. Help us to remember that you are bigger than any hurt, habit or hang-up we have, and that you are our solution.
Please pray for our service men and women and their families whose sacrifices we have not forgotten, for it is with profound gratitude we remember them for the freedoms we enjoy today. Amen.
Love God, love people, Jesus first!
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
May 28-June 3, 2018
Friday, June 1: Teaching Night
- 6pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dinner for you. Please join us for dinner and fellowship.
- 7pm: Join us for an hour of worship and a step 9 message, “Grace.”
- 8pm: Open Share Groups.
- 9pm: Solid Rock Café.