By Nell Dobbs
How blessed we are for Preacher Law, his message, his sayings and the experiences of his life. He spoke of “saints and ain’ts” He gives us things to think about. His message was “Saved and Sure – Safe and Secure” from Romans 10:9-10. We can be sure we are saved and saved forevermore. He was the youngest of eight – five girls and three boys – and when one of them would chase him for his nickel, he’d run to his dad who would ask him where it was. “In my hand.” “Put your hand in mine,” his father said, and he knew it was secure. We likewise know we are secure in the Father’s Hand.
How good to see a full choir. Their special was from the cantata, “Behold He Comes.”
Bless Jim as he’s to have had knee surgery Thursday and bless all the many other ill ones, including Peggy Drummond.
Marjell’s mother always worried about him being on the sea – in the Navy on LST 1027, during World War II and then 25 years sailing on the Sun Oil tanker around the world. She would also tell him when she needed him he couldn’t be there – but we were – only because his 15-year-old nephew was accidentally killed in Starke March 31. We came home from Pennsylvania and were still here when she had a massive heart attack on April 18 and died at 62. That night, he wrote this poem:
Soft rain in our life has now fallen and left our home so lonely and drear,
A gentle voice in Heaven was calling, “Welcome Home,”
Sad was your leaving, Mama.
A link in the family chain is now broken,
We’ll think of soft words and sweet phrases left forever unspoken.
Please, burn a beacon or light a candle for me
In a window of your cabin built
By the Carpenter from Galilee.
Not till a few days ago did it come to me to wish we had used the words when he died Aug. 12, 2008, for his “mother to burn a candle for him in a window of her cabin built by the Carpenter from Galilee.”
Perhaps getting older, perhaps so many deaths have caused me to think of dying plus the certainty of death because it is appointed unto a man once to die.
There are many opportunities to obey God:
to feed the poor
to tell the Good News
to be good soldiers
to visit those in prison though there are stipulations
to meet all the needs we can
to visit the widows and the orphans (a special thanks to Archie and Patsy Davis as they gave me a ride to church Sunday)
to pray for doctors and nurses in all medical fields
to help all school children and all involved in educating them.
to give to the Lottie Moon Easter offering to reach our goal of $2,800
to pray for and support a special fundraiser breakfast for Kristen Parks this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. for her mission trip to Haiti
to pray for sad ones for any reason, for all reasons.
Think about Jesus feeding 5,000 men plus women and children because one little boy shared his lunch of five loaves of bread and two fish with 12 baskets left over. Truly a miracle.
Lord, help us do what we can, please. Amen!