By Kevin Beirne
President, Bethel Bible Village
Kevin has led Bethel Bible Village since February, 2016. He previously held executive leadership roles with Boy Scouts of America for over 26 years. A graduate of Austin Peay State University, Kevin is an active member of Eastwood Church and a Director of his Rotary Club of Chattanooga-Hamilton Place. At home, he is a devoted husband and father to two sons.
Back when my sons were young, I remember a lot of days when I wished for more than two hands. I needed one just for carrying a bike, a couple of hands for snacks and drinks, and one for each boy.
So I wondered how things would go this week when Celia, one of our House Parents, fell and broke her collarbone.
On a One Wing and a Prayer
Celia said it was a bit rough at first, with one arm in a sling. But things took a surprising turn when Danny came back for a visit.
Danny is a teen who recently finished his program at Bethel, and Celia was his House Parent. When he visited last weekend, Danny took the boys outside to play and let them run out some energy.
Then, he shared some words of wisdom from his time at Bethel. He told the boys how they should help others and care for people who are injured, like Celia.
Celia said the boys took his words to heart.
“Today, all the boys have been extra protective and are not letting me do much because ‘I need to rest,'” she shared with us. “They are being so sweet!”
Danny’s compassion was contagious, just as Paul describes it in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. Paul notes that our “Father of compassion…comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (NIV) And I feel so fortunate that God’s compassion for us is new every single day.
At dinner, Danny also asked if he could lead the prayer.
“Thank you, God, for all that Bethel and my House Parents have done for me and for changing my life,” he said. “I ask that these boys who are here now let You and Bethel work for them, like You did for me”
I hope his prayer blesses your heart the way it did mine. I have no words to follow that.
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