Sue Patton lives in Westtown and is married to Bill, who pastors here at Covenant Fellowship Church. Bill and Sue were among the founding members of CFC, and Bill was the first senior pastor of our church. Here, Sue shares some of her story and the wisdom she’s learned over the years of walking with Christ.
Sometimes we know we are certainly going to drown.
The waters are roaring, racing in white currents outside their safe limits, their cold spray laughing at us as the surge continues to rise.
Ginny grew up in Folcroft in a Catholic household and had a bit of a rocky road coming to know Christ. Graciously—and delightfully—she shares that story and some other tidbits about herself here.
Trials and suffering are part of our lives in this fallen world. We all face them, and God’s Word reminds us that we should not be surprised when they come, but I never seem to be prepared. Somehow in my distracted mind, I am never ready for the inevitable arrival of suffering. And I am certainly not aware, in the moment, of all that God wants to show me through them. Suffering takes different forms…
“Like Jesus, we must go away from people so that we can be truly present when we are with people.” -Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline
In October 2019, I took a personal retreat to the beach for twenty-four hours. Up to that point, a personal retreat with God was not something that earned much thought in my mind. When I did think of it, it was a rather flawed desire that went something like this: “I just want to go run away to a cave! Who knows when I’ll return! Nobody else can come!” This had nothing to do with time with God. It was a desire to run away and shut the door on life. That was the attractiveness of my cave–a hypothetical place where I tuned out all situations and people that needed to shut up and stop bothering me.