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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Wednesday Messages

from Pastor Brian

Today I talked with someone from SOV about a report on OPB radio.  It concerned the consequences of allowing ourselves to be interrupted persistently by electronic media and distracted incessantly by instant access to digital information.  The upshot: our thinking and moral character grow shallower as we are tempted to attend to trivia rather than to explore depths of wisdom and spirit.

I think the report is accurate.  I have felt the ill effects of too much information coming too frequently.  I've tried to respond by carefully regulating my use of electronic devices and media.  But that negative strategy needs a complementary positive approach.  For me, that's prayer. 

For 40 years I've kept a daily discipline of prayer and meditation.  I can't claim miracles for it but I can say it's helped me a lot as I deal with the daily pressures and occasional idiocy (mostly my own) of ordinary life.

The words of Henry French, in his book Prayer: A Primer, ring true:

"The distractions and worries of modern life are too many to mention.  The many duties, demands and obligations that we assume or that are forced on us seem to control our lives and blur our focus.  … Like a deer in danger, we can be distracted from and forget our longing for God.  But the longing is still there — beneath the level of immediate, conscious awareness perhaps… but there, ready to turn us toward God.  Prayer… is a way of dealing with these distractions and worries; it gives us new perspective on them."

"Over time, the path of prayer will change the way you see things, will change the way you experience things, will change the way you experience yourself and God.  The path of prayer will teach you what the Psalmist meant when he or she wrote: 'For with you, O God, is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.'"

Over the next few months, I'll keep on writing about prayer.  As I do, I encourage you to keep on looking for a path of prayer that you and your family can walk together.  May God bless the steps you take.


"After he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray . . . when evening came he was there alone".  Matthew 14:23

We have had a series of days that for many have been too hot.  But I have enjoyed them in truth, not having to work outside and having air conditioning to retreat to.

And the evenings of those days have been particularly blessed. Things have cooled down nicely. The noise of the day has slipped away, the birds themselves becoming hushed being replaced by the crickets chorus and the gentle rustling of the trees as a sweet breeze picks up once again.  The bats are out in great numbers, offering help in pesky insect control.  Their presence is silent and barely noticeable.  It is a pleasant way to try to gain perspective of the day.  Visually considering therapy efforts and whether recovery from the stroke is really continuing.  The peaceful evening outdoors is grandly appreciated.  Blessings at any and all times.

In praise of the Creator,

Pastor Randy

Lessons for Sunday, August 10, 2014

Genesis   37:1-4, 12-28
Romans   10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33


Wednesday    10:30 a Bible Study w/Pastor Brian (30 minute delay start today)
                       5:30 p Worship Meeting
                       7:00 - 8:30 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday       6:30 p Men's Night at Lil' Cooperstown,  all men invited for food and fellowship

Friday           1:00 - 9:00 p  Palmeter Piano Studio