I See You

I can’t count the women over the years who have told me they either weren’t coming to church on Mother’s Day or couldn’t make it all the way through the service. Remarkable women who have shared their lives, given their energy to change their corner of the world feel excluded on this holiday.

There are so many reasons, and I won’t list them so that I don’t miss a single one. I just want you to know, I see you, I care about you.

Oh, and if you need a written excuse from a pastor to miss church today, I’ll sign it.

Having said that please allow me to say: Today I am celebrating the ALL females who are image bearers of God. Women who bring light in the darkness, hope in despair and presence to fill empty souls. I honor the beautiful women who speak up for the voiceless, offer grace to the sinner and beautify the ugliest corners of the world.

Some will produce human beings from their body, but ALL Image bears reproduce the life that is within them. Women nurture, care and shape individuals and ultimately culture.

Hallelujah for the feminine energy that changes the world through education, science, music, law, art, business and every random act of Divinity! Today I’m celebrating the creative, selfless, unrelenting women who give their lives to the next generation through every effort of faith hope and love.

In the beginning, God created women and men in God’s own image. Rock on magnificent daughters, sisters, friends, and Mothers! I see God in you.

With so much love,



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About Scott & Clare

Scott and Clare Loughrige are Co-Founding Lead Pastors of Crossroads Church. With a vision of starting a dynamic life-filled church, Scott and Clare were sent from a pastoral team in Downriver Detroit and came to live in the Marshall area in 1992. They are deeply committed to building a community where spiritual transformation is the norm and from a place of transformation-- take action in the world. They serve in local and worldwide missions devoted to social justice issues and find no sacred secular split. They believe that social change emerges from a place of deep connectedness with Christ and a community of faith."We have chosen to stay at Crossroads all these years and live into a longterm commitment to a local church. We have enjoyed watching this church continue to transform into the image of Christ and feel deeply grateful to have served this community in that process. Crossroads has been and continues to be a community that is transforming for the sake of the world Jesus loves. Everyday this community challenges us to grow in faith, hope and love. We love our church!" In addition to their commitment to ministry in their own community, they speak at conferences, seminars, and retreats and have a deep commitment to strengthen the souls of Pastors and ministry leaders and the churches they serve. "Our friend who is a psychologist for pastors in crisis said "Do you know what a miracle it is that after these many years in ministry you still love God, the Church and each other?!" We realize it is a miracle and a grace but it has not been without intentional effort. We have given our lives to train and continue to form as Christ's ministers. We have not wanted to give a message that we couldn't experience ourselves. As the pastors of this communnity, the parents of wonderfully developed adult children and growing grandchildren we have HOPE for pastors and leaders and whatever they may be facing". Scott and Clare offer trainings and resources to help you form in the image of Christ as you "navigate the journey home". http://www.ccmonline.org/pastoral-leadership-missions

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