Spiritual Director · January 13, 2015


Visiting the gravesite of a loved one is a powerful experience. My mother died back in May of last year and Saturday I took a small, cement bunny to place next to her headstone. She loved the smaller of God’s creatures and could sit for hours on her patio watching the ducks swim in the pond behind her home. One time a rabbit had made a nest in her bushes and you would have thought she won the lottery, she was so excited!

I sat the cement bunny down knowing that it will get weathered, or it could be taken by someone else. I saw it as a gift I was giving my mother and I didn’t care what happened later. I just know it felt great placing it and I have some belief that she liked it as well.

Gifts are like that. We just give them and don’t know what will be done with them. I have two younger brothers and they have birthdays a week apart this month. We agreed to have a gift exchange but no gift cards which made it harder to shop for them! But I did gift them and what they do with it is up to them, I have no control and will likely never know what they do/did with my gift.

God is the same way!  We have been gifted with the presence of Jesus in our lives, we have been gifted with forgiveness and joy, grace and peace and hope for the future! It’s a free gift God has given and it’s up to us now….how will we use it? Will others know?

Let’s give many the gift of VDC and invite them to make a weekend, invite “alumni” to come and serve with you on team or even on the Secretariat. Best yet, gather a group and come to Illinois for the annual gathering in July??  Check our web site www.viadecristo.org


Pastor Doug Givan

“The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose”  Mahatma Gandhi

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Eric is our current Webmaster and works on the NLS Communications Team. Raised in Judaism, he found Christ and the New Testament at age 16 in a Southern Baptist Church. He searched many denominations for the real church, only to find the Holy Spirit is present in all of them. He's worked for One for Israel, a group of native Israeli believers who are sharing the gospel in the holy land in Hebrew and is part of the only Hebrew speaking seminary in Israel.