Where were you?

Certain dates will always resonate with people … Pearl Harbor, JFK’s assassination, the moon landing, 9-11. Most of us can remember where we were on these significant events. Some of us were not alive when these historic occurrences happened. Our youth and children have no context to understand that dreadful Tuesday morning fifteen years ago. They are, however, affected by a climate of fear and anxiety. I regret what our world has become.

As people of faith, we can choose another perspective. So, let me ask:

  • Where were you when you first began to realize how much God loves you?
  • Where were you when you were overcome by His grace?
  • Where were you when you experienced a blessing that took your breath away?
  • Where were you when you felt His presence in a time of struggle and pain?
  • Where were you when you saw the power of community among His people?
  • Where were you when your willingness to serve brought hope to discouragement?
  • Where were you when you witnessed answers to your prayers?
  • Where were you when God’s Word spoke to some deep need in your life?
  • Where were you when you were overwhelmed by the beauty of His creation?
  • Where were you when a friend or family member said “Yes” to Christ?

I share one “where were you” story. Recently, the Wilbanks brothers with our wives and one of our first cousins and his wife got to travel together. We enjoyed time in one of God’s most brilliant displays of His creative glory. But the time we cherished was sitting around a table with hands linked, thanking God for His blessings. We prayed for one another and the challenges that each is facing. We asked God to help us be faithful in living out our stories. With much to be thankful for, we expressed gratitude for the ways He has touched our family. I was glad I was there.

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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