Last night, my church (about 200 of them) gathered for what I like to call "Group Therapy". After getting the kind of news we got on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (respectively), this was exactly what we needed.
Since this all happened, I've probably felt more like Pete than anyone else. Pete described his relationship to this event as being "the cousin from out of town"...close enough to have a right to be there, but not close enough to feel what everyone else is feeling. Since Friday, I've watched other people fighting on the front lines. Supporting the the individuals riding this crazy train. People who are truly breaking because they are the the ones who've loved and respected Dave for years.
My heart breaks, but I'm not on the front line. I'm proud that these are the people God has placed me with. I'm glad that even though I closed myself off to most everyone at Revolution for at least half of the time we've been here, I still have the privilege to redeem myself and to love, encourage, pray for and grow with this church. I believe that Christopher and I are here 'for such a time as this' and I am glad that God has given me the responsibility and honor of praying for and of supporting those who've been personally injured in this.
I'm also privileged that I get to see what God can do in corporate brokenness. I think a couple people might be right in their assessment that if this happened to another church, it would fall apart...but not Revolution. There are too many people who want what God wants.
So thank you, David Trotter for letting God use you to bring into existence this beautiful part of His body. My hope and prayer is that you'll be humbled enough to come back to this Family and to your family (sooner rather than later)...and you'll know that it is because of God alone that Revolution stands and says "I Will" to the call of God. We will miss your teaching, we will miss your humor, some will miss your leadership and many will simply miss the man (friend, mentor, husband, father) you've been in years past. But when it's time, Revolution will be ready and willing to welcome you Home...if you so choose.