While Cheryl recovers from cancer surgery and I stay with her at UW Medical Center, two of our good friends take my place sharing what God has put on their hearts. Remembering what was said about Jesus at His birth – “they shall call his name Immanuel” which translated means, ‘God with us.’” – Doug Wisdom shares how he experiences this truth every workday.
“Jesus Meets Us at Roosters” by Doug Wisdom
Roosters is a little restaurant in Shelton that also sells gasoline in front of their store, a modern day version of the little crossroads restaurant with the single gas pump out front where your grandparents and great grandparents met to have a friendly meal with their neighbors. I spend an hour or two there most weekdays between school bus runs. Tuesdays are especially nice for me because Nancy meets me there before she starts her activities with her Youth for Christ group.
Yesterday, Bruce Colebank came by to have breakfast and share good stories about his wife Linda who battles COPD. Then Maudi Newman (local missionary for Youth for Christ) arrived and she shared her need for some men to step up to help with mentoring her teenagers at YFC. Bruce is intrigued with the idea to help out. Andi Uffelman from CareNet, who had a cancelled meeting joined us to share her vision for CareNet, that it will be as well known as Planned Parenthood and offer a more Godly way of handling the unexpected pregnancy.
Other days I have seen Sharon Fitchitt and Sharon Milner nestled in the back room working on Christmas cards and Christmas crafts. Randy Churchill meets with the Salvation Army group. You’ll always see Randy around Safeway this time of year greeting shoppers as they pass his little red pot trying to help make Christmas a little more joyful for others in need.
And, yes, Jesus is there with his friends, sharing his love, encouraging each of us, laughing, crying, just providing whatever is needed for the occasion. Our day is just so much better, because he met us at Roosters.