Deb sent some reflections to me in response to some of my blog posts. I thought what she shared was really profound, so I’m passing it along. Love that girl. So glad God saw fit to have us be roommates freshman year! With love, from Deb:

You know, I was also challenged by your application that those “blessed and highly favored” by the Lord go through a hard time, like Mary and Joseph in the Christmas story. I had never thought about it from that angle, but it was really interesting.  God convicted me that, had I been in Mary’s shoes, nine months pregnant, and the Obama administration decreed that we return to my hometown in another state to be counted for a census, how frustrated I would be.  Then upon arriving and finding myself giving birth in a stable, I would have certainly invoked my “blessed and highly favored” entitlement clause [do you people not KNOW that the angel Gabriel himself appeared to me?!?!].  What misery I could spread around to anyone close enough to listen.  And yet Mary seemed content.
One other theme struck me from this particular blog post.  I love the recurring theme through the Bible that God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34).  In the Christmas story, He chose poor shepherd boys (that no one could feel beneath them), and Wise Men (that no one could feel above them) to reveal Jesus’ birth.  I love how He seems to move the same way in yours and Niki’s life… creating two incredibly gifted Harvard educated lawyers to be pastors (to relate to the rich and powerful), yet bringing you guys through these crazy trials like not having a place to live (in order to be accessible to the weak and lowly)…
 
And I also loved your post on the mega-church thing…  I clearly remember asking you that question about how big your church was.  To share an outsider’s perspective… the question in my mind that I was trying to answer was, “If I attended MVFF, would I have a personal relationship with Niki and Kelly as the Pastors??” Because if there were 500 people, then probably not.  And I loved your answer, about your mission statement… it’s not EVERY church’s goal to mentor, equip and send out spiritual giants!!  Just another take on the “success” metric…