8 Oct

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life”. (Prov. 15:1-4a)

spr: Our prayer this morning is that, at the close of this day, we will have gained a greater sense of God’s goodness, and his aching desire to love us, and share the wonders of life with us. Thank you, Lord! Your blessings are bountiful; your wisdom more than sufficient for the challenges of my life. Amen.

Yesterday was a fabulous day! In the morning at Coalinga First Presbyterian, Beauty and I tag-teamed the sermon on Psalm 13, and co-administered Communion. It was such a special time. While I’m not typically verbose (which, I suppose, will make some laugh), my Invitation to the Lord’s Table was a bit long (apparently). When I paused (to make a life-changing dramatic point, of course), Beauty jumped in, and we had an Abbott-&-Costello moment with me pointing out that I was not finished. In retrospect, I thought of our Wedding: when it came time for The Kiss, she was tapping me on the back to signal “that is quite enough… for now!” (Every guy that’s had that experience, please raise your hand!)

The afternoon found us at Visalia First Pres, enjoying a Presbytery-wide Communion Celebration! There was so much to highlight those words, WORLD WIDE.

Worship was “off the charts”! There were the incredible colors and beauty of the Lao dancers. The place was rockin’ with the huge Hispanic family “choir”. There were videos from our missionaries around the world. There was the eloquent grace of the Korean dancers, and the moving melody that accompanied them. A Presbytery Choir from across our region was inspiring. And Pastor John Gutierrez preached a strong message of challenge and hope in both Espanol and English.

On the patio, presentations featured our local outreach efforts: F.I.R.M. and “new” London. Our world outreach, Living Waters, displayed their fresh-water system.

Indwelling–and overwhelming–all of these special aspects, was an unforgettable essence of Family, and Unity. Expressions of the joy of being together were visible everywhere. It is not incumbent on me to say something like that. The sense of love and caring was amply evident.

Craig Williams, a denominational leader in Church Development. Look forward to interacting with him another time with our Futures Task Force.

For us, it’s going to be another crazy one!
TODAY–Fresno County Fair!
And maybe sneak in a trip to Allard’s, my art supply and fountain pen store, and Staples, to get a new The Arc notebook.
TONIGHT–hosting Men’s Football & Bible Study at the Manse.

Tomorrow’s BLOG —


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