is a follower of Jesus and a Pastor at Journey Church in
Raleigh, NC. He and his wife Kelly have three girls, Cana, Kayil and Karis.
and Kelly came to Journey in February of 2007. They had been looking
for a church family that they could believe in and invest their lives
in, and realized they had finally found it when they found Journey.
Needless to say they were excited to begin a new level of involvement
as Smooth joined the pastoral staff in November of 2007.
Smooth has some degrees you probably don’t care about, and hopes to one
day hold a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics (which you probably also don’t
care about). Smooth and Kelly have three girls Cana, Kayil, and Karis consider raising a genuine Jesus-loving family their top calling in
Jesus, theology, philosophy, ethics, church history, studying
Scripture, my family, being a great husband and dad, Jeeps, music, and
probably a lot of other things I can’t think of right now.
In my devotions this morning, I came across this prayer of Thomas a'Kempis, a 15th century monk. He was a part of The Brethren of the Common Life, a community that was founded to counter the lukewarmness that had developed in the faith of the Roman Catholic Church. It was in this context that he wrote The Imitation of Christ, a literary masterpiece with wonderful insights into spiritual life and the human condition. The portion from which I am quoting comes from chapter 5 of book 3 entitled "The Wonderful Effects of Divine Love."
Ah, Lord God, holy lover of my soul, when you come into my heart everything within me rejoices.
You are my glory and the exultation of my heart–my hope and refuge in the day of trouble.
But because my love is still weak and my virtue imperfect, I need to be strengthened and comforted by you–visit me often, therefore, and teach me with holy discipline.
Free me from evil passions and cleanse my heart of all improper affections, so that being inwardly healed and thoroughly cleansed, I will be fit to love, courageous to suffer, and steady to persevere.