Evangelist John Briscoe, whose mother is a Snell, returned my call concerning this Rev. Snell. I canít recall if it was Edd or E.D, but it doesnít matter for he helped organize the COFN, there. He was Johnís mother, and His Uncle Lawrence Snellís Grand Fatherís brother. I guess that would make him John Briscoe and Edie Snellís great great Uncle.
Rosalie had gone to Seattle on Good Friday and knowing she was going I thought Iíd like to go back to Bellís Chapel to worship with them .I have had a deep longing to spend an Easter with them ever since I got sick.
We were their Parsonage family for three years from basically August 1971 to August 1974. The interesting thing about that was that I interviewed with them on the third Sat. of August 1971 when our Deborah was three weeks old. That next day they would be 64 years old.
Those are the kindest folks I have ever been around, and it was a maximum blessing to preach for the first time in about 7 years. They knew of the health problems I had and when I said,ĒI might really mess up and have some senior moments, their answer was,ĒBrother John preach anyway.Ē
The Holy Spirit was in that place, and since their fill- in is not credentialed we had communion on Easter.
I donít know if the Lectionary allows it, but it seems to me that Jesus broke bread with those two disciples in Luke 24:30.
Then my favorite verse in the Gentile Lukeís Gospel account, was part of that narrative,ĒDid not our hearts burn within us while He was speaking to us on the road, and while he was explaining the scriptures to us?
We had that same ďstrangely warm experienceĒ together on that same Easter day, tying us to that great invisible Church. We are not part of that frozen Chosen, but those folks just express it differently; That was not meant as a slam, but we evangelicals place a great value on heart felt worship.
Man am I thankful for that Snell fellow for what he did to start that Church we were able to serve, and for the three relatives of his who have prayed and fasted for both Rosalie and me while we have gone through our caldrons of affliction.
One of my daughters said to me the other day,Ē Dad, you are back,Ē I replied yes, I think so,Ē Warts and AllĒí
His will be done.
Grace and Power Acts 6:8