76th Horned Toad Derby is in the books…

29 May


“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow” — when you now have it with you. Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you. Do not accuse a man for no reason — when he has done you no harm.” (Prov. 3:27-30)

SPR: The author who compiled the Proverbs again offers sage advice. To paraphrase, ‘be kind to those in need–at your learning of their privation; do no harm to those who live with honor and virtue, and are entitled to commensurate compassion.’

Jesus, we ask that you give us caring hearts of genuine concern for others; hearts that respond to others in need when you have blessed us with what can minimize their lack. May we, likewise, have a passion for honesty, and fairness and justice for all we meet. May you, Lord, be blessed by our service in your name. Amen.

challenging. The Coalinga Horned Toad Derby was, once again, a lot of fun. It’s so special to experience all the sights and sounds of the rides, the crowds, the music, and the variety of tempting aromas from the food booths.

Once again, when it’s all over, we come to the realization of how worn out we are from all the hours involved in hosting such an extravaganza. During moments of reflection, a similar awareness comes to mind each year. Thoughts turn to the vendors and carnival workers, and their lives on the road.

After tearing everything down, they head on–if they’re lucky–to the next celebration on their schedule. Arriving, they go through their set-up routine all over again. Too many miles, too little sleep. Too little income, too many expenses. Too much work, too little energy. Too many hopes, too much hopelessness. It doesn’t take much imagination to realize that the life of a ‘Carny’ is a tough way to make a living.

For the second year in a row, I had the pleasure of being the “Voice of the Derby”. The task is greatly lessened because of the talents of several other Coalingans who share the ‘broadcast’ duties.

Great Presbytery-wide event coming up soon!
Stay tuned!


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