October 6th, 2015

blog for October, ‘15

The summer went by so fast I thought I’d just share some bullet points to review:
*We had a grandson get married and two great-grandkids get dedicated to God in July.
*Traveled to watch some of our grandkids play lacrosse and soccer.
*Celebrated our 56th wedding anniversary – in Holmes County (Amish) and Niagara Falls!
*Shared snacks and meals in our Gazebo.
*Spoke in a number of venues – sharing God’s Word.
*We just got back from sharing a weekend with some of the class of ’65 at Wheaton Academy whom I taught Bible 52 years ago. What a joy to hear how God has used them and continues to bless them.
*We were disappointed to hear that WCRF, the station here in Cleveland, dropped airing our program, but rejoice in knowing a station covering the Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, WA area now carries it!
*Lud is doing very well in his recovery process.
Praise God with us for these and many more blessings we have received. Thanks for your prayers. We appreciate your faithfulness in standing with us.
ARTICLE: Emma’s prayer and God’s grace
I experienced an unusual highlight at a memorial service I recently officiated at.
After praying and reading the 23rd psalm, I shared about a young girl who was asked to recite the 23rd Psalm. She confidently stood and began, “The Lord is my shepherd, He’s all I want!” There were smiles and light laughter in the audience, but she captured the essence of what the Psalmist declared. When someone has a relationship with Jesus, the great shepherd, they find He provides all they need to cope in any and every circumstance of life.
After the service, as I mingled with people, I expressed my condolences to the husband of the deceased’s daughter. Their 7 year old daughter, Emma, was at his side, holding his hand. Warmly, this cute little girl looked up to me and said, “I liked what you said.”
Smiling, I asked, “I bet you enjoyed hearing about the little girl who said, ‘The Lord is my shepherd, He’s all I want.’”
She nodded, and wistfully said, “Yea…I’d like a shepherd like that.”
I leaned down and explained, “You can. All you need to do is pray, asking Jesus to be your shepherd.”
To my surprise she instantly raised her head and with big, bright eyes looked up heavenward and prayed, “I’d like that shepherd too!”
The directness of Emma’s prayer was so authentic. I believe Jesus heard and responded to her request, for in Matthew 18:10 it says, “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
I warmly affirmed her response, placed my hand on her head and moved on to greet others.
This experience illustrates beautifully what Jesus said in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” And in Matthew 18:1-4, Jesus responds to who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven by calling a little child and having him stand among them, saying, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”