It’s Wednesday evening again. I’m sitting here at my desk rehearsing my day. I began this day with a call from Dollie Robinson…Alvia had taken a turn for the worst and she needed me to come to the emergency room. Annette and I hurriedly got dressed and arrived there some 1/2 hour later. They had told her that the decision to keep running the machines or to turn them off was needed. I stood at the foot of the bed while a good man took his last series of breaths. I have been there before. No one who has been a pastor for 40+ years hasn’t been there. It always brings up the question of whether the occupant of the bed is “ready”… and the 2nd question, “are you?” No matter who you are…no matter your age…no matter your social or financial standing…YOU will be the occupant in the bed someday! It may annoy you to read this, but it is true and must, MUST be faced by ALL of us. It could come as an explosion; it could come as a plane falls from the sky or a car traveled too fast…no matter, we all are going to end up in the bed… and He will stand at the end questioning you…ARE YOU READY??
As I sit to write my column for this week, I am drawn back to recent sermons, studies, and conversations I have had. God has shared with me the amazing ability He has for drawing these “tid-bits” together. A person came into my office and shared long held beliefs that now are causing a struggle in their faith walk. As I always try to do (sometimes more successfully than other times) if asked, I give my opinion. I thank God that He has given me peace enough to sometimes say, “I don’t know”. Earlier in my ministry this was a difficult thing for me to think…much less say out loud. One of the pieces of baggage that fell off my cart along the way is to not pretend I know when I don’t!! Our present study on Heaven has further solidified that knowledge. Things that I held for years now come into question. “Where did I learn that?” and “Does Scripture really say that?” are now so much less baggage…and more surprising. Let’s see…in the left hand is baggage…in the right hand is surprises…which do I want to explore?
Today we were treated to an inspired performance of “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night” by the Church on the Arroyo Musicians. Thank you Beverley for taking the time and putting in the effort to make this possible. We look forward to further shows in the near future. If you want to join the Musicians give Beverly a call.
Good job guys!
Join Bob and the congregation for worship this Sunday. Don’t forget to bring non-perishable foods for distribution to the needy.
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Well…here we are…back from a funeral in the Panhandle…back to writing and teaching and who knows what else? Church on the Arroyo has a porous schedule during the holidays but I will try and keep up my writing to you weekly.
We continue to have our studies on Heaven on Wed. nights 5PM. Last night we discussed what we could, COULD look like in Heaven. Not an easy subject as you may guess. The Bible tells us some things, but there are so many questions that it becomes difficult to answer one without bringing up a bunch of “yea…but..s”, anyhow we are having a good time. still continue to miss many of you. For the New Year why don’t you plan to meet with us for this study…and while we’re at it…what about Sunday AM 9:00??