That’s Charlotte, my granddaughter craning her head to hear her Papa. What a beautiful example of children being in the church.
As I preach each week, people will say, “I’m sorry my child was making noise,” or “Sorry we had to get up and go to the cry room.” Honestly, I don’t notice any of it. And truly, I’m grateful that we have a church that’s okay with children in the meeting. Jesus said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” What a blessing!
I helped conduct a funeral yesterday and I was awed once again at the profound soberness when “Taps” is played to honor a soldier who defended our country. I know there is still the debate about whether or not it’s okay to not stand at the playing of the National Anthem, but I say, “Come on folks!” Yesterday, when I looked into the eyes of a woman who had been married to her husband for 59 years and a I saw a soldier hand her a folded American Flag as he knelt on one knee…well…let’s just say that I had a huge lump in my throat. It looked much like this:
At the funeral yesterday, I preached a message and included Psalm 15 (the “Psalm of Integrity,” as it is sometimes called). He had defended our nation in the Korean conflict and for that I was grateful. As the VFW Honor Guard fired off a 21-gun salute, I was humbled.
When you see a veteran with a hat on signifying their branch of service, thank them. Walk up to them and shake their hand. Buy their lunch. But, show respect and honor to those men and women who risked it all for us.
No, I’m not saying we should put patriotism over Jesus. But, I am saying that as Christians, we should respect those who kept their word to our nation and defended us far and wide so that we have the freedoms we enjoy today.
Do you ever wonder if Female athletics are in danger of disappearing? They could. Here’s why:
Do you have tender vegetation blooming? If you are in North Carolina, they are probably going to get bitten tonight. Like the Bradford Pear trees at the bottom of our driveway.
I’m really worried for the apple growers. It’s supposed to hit 24 degrees tonight. That could wipe out the apple crop this year for some farmers. Would you join me in praying for them? The Lord knows and we trust Him in all things. In the good and the bad He will sustain us and provide for us. Let’s be there for our neighbors and show the love of Christ.