Sometimes We Wait

We all hate to wait. I hate to wait on the person in front of me at the check out line. I hate to wait in traffic. I hate to wait on the doctor. And I also don’t like it when I have to wait on God. G. Campbell Morgans said, “Waiting for God is not laziness. Waiting for God is not going to sleep. Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given.” It is that “doing nothing” that I have a problem with. I know many of our church members and many of my friends are facing trials and they find themselves simply waiting on God. Earlier this evening I was listening to a CD and came across a beautiful song with an inspiring message. The song is entitled “Sometimes We Wait.”

Sometimes We Wait

Did Moses know when the branches spoke he would be the chosen one?
Or did his people know that a cloud of smoke would someday lead them home?
Sometimes God will speak through a bush of flames or pillars in the sky,
But at times His silence fills our days leaving us to wonder “Why?”.

Sometimes we wait, simply to find
Sometimes His answers come with time,
Not right away clearly to see,
Sometimes we never get those parted seas
That lead us from the shore.
But there is a place
Where we rest in His grace
When sometimes we wait on the Lord.

If I had my way, there would come a day with a never-ending dawn.
No more mournful sighs in the dark of night as I wonder where He’s gone.
I would never see how His mercy reigns beneath a cloudless sky.
There would be no need for healing grace to comfort when we cry.

Sometimes we wait, simply to find
Sometimes His answers come with time,
Not right away clearly to see,
Sometimes we never get those parted seas
That lead us from the shore.
But there is a place
Where we rest in His grace
When sometimes we wait on the Lord.

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CCLI License # 1838110
Words and Music by Tom Grassi
Arranged by Tom Fettke
Published by Lillenas


Interesting Perspective on Gun Control

Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000. Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year are 120,000. Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171.

The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. Yes, that is 80 million. The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500. The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is 0.0000188.

Statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners. Remember, “Guns don’t kill people, doctors do.”

Fact: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.

Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand. Out of concern for the public at large, I have withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention.

Interesting Perspective on Iraq

If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in Iraq during the last 22 months, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000.

The firearm death rate in Washington, D.C., is 80.6 per 100,000. That means that you are more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation’s Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington, D.C.

Our Greatest Need

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator.
If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.
If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.
If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer.
But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.

Source Unknown

Primetimers to Fayetteville

The Lord gave us a great day today as our Primetimer group travelled about an hour South on I-95 to Fayetteville and the Airborne & Special Operations Museum.
A part of the U.S. Army Museum System, the museum tells the story of Army airborne and special operations units from their 1940 origin and movement to the Fayetteville area in March of 1942, through the present. The 59,000 square-foot, 22.5 million dollar museum houses many rare and impressive artifacts, including a C-47 “Skytrain” airplane suspended from the ceiling, complete with a paratrooper in the door. A fully restored CG-4A glider, one of only a handful that remain from WWII, is on display, along with two helicopters, a Sheridan tank, and a complete collection of uniforms, equipment and weapons spanning the sixty-year history of this exciting segment of the armed forces.

While the exhibit gallery provides a picture of the origins and progression of airborne and special operations training and warfare, the museum’s movie and motion simulator give visitors an up-close look at what the Army’s finest are capable of today. Narrated by Benjamin Franklin, the exclusive movie Descending from the Clouds is a larger than life depiction of modern airborne units in training. For those who need to be in on the action, a ride on the Pitch, Roll & Yaw Motion Simulator lets the visitor “ride along” as special operations soldiers jump, ski, ride and fly through high-speed training.

We enjoyed a delicious lunch at K&W Cafeteria and then made our way back to the Fayetteville Historic District. We visited the Museum of the Cape Fear Complex.
One of three regional branches of the North Carolina Museum of History, the Museum of the Cape Fear opened in 1988. It serves twenty counties in southern North Carolina and features exhibits that reflect the history of the region. The twofold purpose of the museum is to collect, preserve and interpret the history and culture of southern North Carolina and, second, to provide technical assistance and consultative services to non-state historical museums in its region of responsibility.

The permanent galleries include chronological exhibits beginning with the region’s native Americans and culminating with an early twentieth century general store. Interspersed are topical exhibits focusing on the naval stores industry, early nineteenth century domestic life, transportation and the traditions of folk potters. Additionally, changing exhibits are featured in the special exhibits gallery.

We also visited the Poe House, home of Edgar Allen Poe (not the same as the writer). On August 10, 1896, Lot #2 of the former U.S. Arsenal was deeded to Josephine Poe, wife of Edgar Allen Poe. This was the land on which E.A. Poe began construction of his two-story frame house, along with a barn, woodhouse, smokehouse and wellhouse in 1897. Poe, a successful businessman, politician and civic leader, was one of several person to settle in the Haymount area at the turn of the century.

Built by Ruffin Vaughn, the Poe House exhibits rare Eastlake detailing. Other architecturally significant elements of the house include the entrance bay, a wrap-around porch, exterior sawnwork, tongue-and-groove wainscoting and bullseye molding throughout the interior. The house is owned by the Museum of the Cape Fear. Following its recent restoration, it serves as a historic house museum interpreting late nineteenth and early twentieth century social, cultural and family history.

We had a wonderful time together. We’re looking forward to future trips. Check out our calendar for information on future activities.

 

The Fault Box

A couple married for 15 years began having more than usual disagreements. They wanted to make their marriage work and agreed on an idea the wife had. For one month they planned to drop a slip in a “Fault” box. The boxes would provide a place to let the other know about daily irritations. The wife was diligent in her efforts and approach: “leaving the jelly top off the jar,” “wet towels on the shower floor,” “dirty socks not in hamper,” on and on until the end of the month. After dinner, at the end of the month, they exchanged boxes. The husband reflected on what he had done wrong. Then the wife opened her box and began reading. They were all the same, the message on each slip was, “I love you!”

Source unknown

Forgiveness – A Spiritual Grace

Roy L. Smith says that the art of forgiving is a spiritual grace every Christian should develop. Because this is so difficult to put into practice, he offers the following suggestions:

1. Begin by assuring yourself that compared to Christ’s suffering you haven’t been seriously wronged at all.

2. Recall the many kind deeds that have been shown to you, perhaps even by the person who has harmed you.

3. List the benefits you have received from the Lord.

4. Thank Him for blessing you with His love and forgiveness each day.

5. Make an honest effort to pray for the one who has injured you.

6. Go even further by looking for an opportunity to help him.

7. If the offense is especially hard to forget, try to erase the memory by thinking gracious and generous thoughts.

8. Finally, before you fall asleep at night, repeat slowly and thoughtfully that phrase from the Lord’s Prayer, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

Some people try to punish themselves for their sins. They do not stand on the promises of forgiveness and Christ’ propitiation.

– Roy L. Smith (Source unknown)