what do we do now?

it'e been quite a day. 

our beloved pastor, leader, mentor and friend, Dave Bish of Tri County Church, went home to meet His Savior today. 

to me personally, Dave was a trusted mentor, counselor and friend.  for the past year, our family has been a member of his life group. to my family, he and his wife lori, have become very dear.

just skimming through face book, and remembering through the 25 years that he has served here in dubois, it is easy to see how many lives he has touched deeply.  

there are many stories to tell...

each as meaningful as the other.

i know for the days, weeks, months, even years to come, we will find solace in sharing these memories.  

as a wedding photographer for many years, many of the weddings that i have shot, have included Dave as the officiant. 

tonight i want to share this memory.

it was maybe 2010 or 2011.  (basically, long enough ago that i couldn't go to my hard drives that i have connected to my mac to find the files :).)  it was a beautiful summer day that i would be shooting an outside wedding of my twin sisters' best friend, bre.  i've told this story more than once on my blog, that this wedding took place at Starr Hill Winery in Curwensville.

and my twin sisters were in the wedding.  

Shannon had driven Sherri's car, and had neglected to put the emergency brake on (it was a standard), and the car popped out of gear DURING the ceremony, only to plow FEET away from the wedding ceremony, into the vineyard. it totaled the car:).

that's the story...it was way more dramatic and now funnier than this, but my point of the story tonight is dave, so i'll get to it. 

dave was performing the ceremony. 

the car went, my sisters had LOUD words to each other about who was to blame....

people were in shock, and no one knew what to do or how to proceed. 


this is when dave took a big breath:

"is everyone ok?"


"ok, let's move on with the ceremony..."

we all just looked at him, dumbfounded thinking "ok!  this is what we should do!"

and we did. 


we went on with the ceremony as if the blue car and not rolled through moments before.

and we finished the wedding, breathed a big sigh of relief, and now laugh about the incident. 

i can't tell you how many times i myself have gone to dave over the past few years with "what do i do now?" dilemmas. 

and each and every time, he has met me there with, "this is what it is...you know what God tell us, do it, and let's move on."

i don't want to minimize how dave handled and counseled these situations.

i want to share that he knew what needed to be done, how he believed, and he did it.  

emotions are real. 

they come at us hard.  it's good to feel them.  acknowledge them, and grow from them. 

but the bottom line is what we know and believe to be true. 

and just like that blue car plowed through those vines, today as dave left this earth, so many of us feel a sense of where and what to we do now? 

how do we go on from here?


we walk forward in truth now my friends, just as dave taught, and jesus taught. 

we love, we give, we believe, we trust, we serve.

and one day my friends, we see him again in glory.

1 Corinthians 2:7-9 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,”What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”