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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

My Prayer

II. Thessalonians 1: 3-5,8-9

We went to church last Sunday here in Gladwin and the above scripture was the basis of the sermon. Wow! I thought. This passage speaks of my prayer for my family. "We ought always to thank God for you, brother, and rightly so, because your faith is growinng more and more , and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing." This is my heart's desire for each of my children. That you will allow your faith to grow and that as we become more and more apart from each other, each moving in separate circles we will still let our love for each other grow. I know that my faith has grown a lot this past year - growing faith doesn't just happen - it comes as we pass through trials, it comes as we take time to read the Bible and prayer, and it comes as we share our lives with others. I hope each of you can find the importance of growing your faith. Let us also continue to show love for each other by staying in touch and trying to encourage each other.
The next verse goes on - "Therefore among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith..." I hope that as you look back at my life you can see perseverance and faith as key elements. And I want to be able to boast about my children in that light. It doesn't matter the salary figure we make, the degree of education we have attained, or the number of friends we have. In the final count, it is our character - and I hope perseverance, commitment and faith is what I can boast about.
With the situation in the Middle East as delicate as it is, I cannot help but wonder if this age as we know it is coming to a close. Eternity is what is really going to count. I pray that I can count each one of you when I stand in Heaven. I would love to say to Jesus, "This is my complete family. We are all here to worship you."
This same passage gives a strong warning to those who do not heed the Gospel. "He will punish those who do not know God, and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord..." , Let us endeavor to hold true to faith, a personal faith.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Retirement for Daniel

Yesterday was Daniel's last day of work. He last week at SVRC was emotional for him and I know he struggled with the idea of leaving behind a good paying and comfortable job. But things have worked out so that he trained his replacement and closed off the program that he was personally controlling. It was the one program that SVRC did not get the continuation bid for the next couple of years. For that reason alone, we knew that this was the time to make the transition. I remember how my last days of teaching were and how hard it was to shut the classroom door after a successful time of teaching. I know what he was going through and the struggle it was for him. We are trusting God to lead us in the months ahead as we start a new life together. We spendt last week at my brother John and his wife Bev's house and it was a good time having time just to talk and rekindle friendship that sometimes get clouded by busy schedules. Now we are Pratt Lake with my parents to spend time with them before leaving. This morning Daniel caught a big bass! A nice way to start retirement. So I must quickly close and get ready for fishing. If you haven't already, call Daniel and wish him 'happy retirement." Pray for us as we contintue to get ready to leave.