Last entry for this blog

I am hanging up the hat on this blog.  I did a bit better with this one than my last. I just haven’t been into writing lately so I am saying good-bye.  I might do another one in the future but for now, so-long.

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Matthew 25:35

For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.

Today, I took the opportunity to impact the life of a child.  I signed up with Compassion International to sponsor a little guy named Orvin in the Dominican Republic.  One of the local radio stations has been doing a 3 day drive for Compassion International.  I had been hearing the advertisements the past couple of days and I have thought about sponsoring a child for quite some time but have never just done it. I am excited to see more of what it means to be the sponsor of this child. I have heard nothing but good about the program. I will post more about this journey as it unfolds.

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Festapalooza 2008

On Saturday, I spent the day at Capital City Contractors farm out in Western HO Co. We were invited to play for their annual fall festival. It is a great time they host for the Mount Airy Bible Church. There is a fishing tournament, a car show, horse rides, tons of cool games and activities for the whole family.  We got there at about 9:30 am and set up the PA and all the gear.  We started the first of 3 sets about 1 pm and finished up about 4:30.

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The great debaters

Give me a freaking break!!!!! Can these two guys quit trying to one up each other and actually get something accomplished. Tom Brokaw is the only one staying on point.

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Finishing Well

As I have been processing my father’s recent death.  I have been noticing that people seem to be a little shocked that I am doing so well with it.  I feel like people are expecting me to be all depressed and what not. I admit that I am sad that he is gone and I will be for a long time but I don’t think that has to dominate my life.

Dad finished life well. Until he got sick, and even after he got sick, he was a servant.  Everything he did was to show God’s love to other people. He didn’t let his health dictate his service.  It was great to hear about the things he was involved with that he was too humble to share. The pastor told a story about Dad picking up all of the salt and pepper shakers after the men’s weekly breakfast meetings he went to. He could hardly walk after his first brain surgery and had to use a cane. He still wanted to serve. After he got sick, he was unable to go to the prison to minister to the men who were locked up. He missed this terribly. He loved to share about God’s grace and mercy with these guys who had made some bad choices in life and show them how much God loved them despite their circumstances.  He missed going to the Frankie home to lead worship in their chapel services for the elderly that were residents there.  While I was in South Carolina, I was going through his computer, his iTunes was about 90% sermons on the gospels and about 10% music. One of the few songs was “I can only imagine” by Mercy Me. Besides listening to The Word, he spent time dreaming about Heaven.  I believe that is why he was so peaceful the last two weeks he was alive.  He wasn’t taking any pain medication and rarely showed any discomfort. Mom kept saying, “He must be dreaming of Heaven.”

I hope that I can learn to be as he was; passionate about the things of God, devoted to his family, faithful, funny, humble and an all around great man.

God Speed Dad!

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One more day

Tomorrow we are having another Memorial Service for my dad.  This one will be in Albany Ohio.  My folks spent 23 years or so here and still have a lot of friends in the area.  We brought his ashes and flag up with us from South Carolina yesterday. That was a long trip.  We left at 8:30AM and got in at 9:45PM. We had a side trip by Wingate Univ to see LeAnn’s school and then got caught behind a wreck and some road construction.  I have decided to sing at the Memorial service tomorrow so I need to go practice….

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Soon and very soon, we’re going to see the King

It has been a long day. As I was getting in to the shower today, I started thinking that tomorrow is going to be the last time I get to see my dad. It has weighed on me all day. I can’t think of all the things I need to say to him. He sleeps all day so it’s not like he will hear them but still there are things I need to say. We are going back after dinner tonight so hopefully he will talk with us. Then there is tomorrow. I don’t know how I will fare on the flight back home. Unless God does some of His stuff, dad will be gone in the next two weeks.

I want to try and go down to the beach tonight to spend some time alone with God but at the same time I want to be here to comfort my mom. I guess God will show me what He wants me to do when the time comes.

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