Catch up time

I am not sure why but I always seem to have to make catch up posts. Today’s installment covers several topics. First being respect.

I was driving to work one day last week and was about to merge onto Rt.32. Traffic was not to heavy but for some reason, everyone was driving in the rightmost lane. There was plenty of room for the cars to move over to the left lane but they chose not to. Finally as the merge lane was about to end, a car slowed so I could pull out. I looked up in my rear view mirror to wave a thank-you and saw an old man in the car salute me. I didn’t think to deep on it at first but a few minutes later he drove around me and I saw a bumper sticker on his car that said “Vietnam Vets against John Kerry.” At that moment it clicked for me. I was driving my Mustang that day and I have Special tags that have the Southwest Asia Service Medal on them from when I was in Desert Storm. Once I figured out why he saluted I really felt honored that he saluted me. It is a cool bond that we former military troops have. Sometimes it is a handshake, sometimes it is a head nod, but it is always a respect for what each other has gone through.

My next segment falls under the “Can’t fix stupid” category.  Friday night, I met LeAnn in Columbia and we decided to go to Panera to get some dinner before band practice (more on practice later).  We got there and there was a car parked at the curb stopping just short of the crosswalk but well in the red curb fire lane section.  There were many parking spots available but for some reason, there are many special people in town who don’t believe they should have to walk any farther than the curb.  The car was running which was the first sign something was up and then I kinda peeked into the car and saw a baby in a car seat, and her purse on the front seat.  Both LeAnn and I went on alert at that point.  We watched the car for about 5-10 minutes and then  saw a friend of ours walk out of Panera with dinner for her and her husband. We asked Becky if she had seen the car and she said that it was there when she had got there 15 minutes earlier.  I handed LeAnn my phone to call 911 so I could go order dinner.  The lady came out of the cell phone store 10 or so minutes later with a bag containing a new phone.  She left before the police showed up so LeAnn called the police back to let them know that the owner  had left.  We couldn’t believe that someone in this day and age would leave a child in a running car.  Say it with me, ” You can’t fix stupid!”

On to practice, On October 13th, several members of the worship teams from Cornerstone and our old drummer Nelson who goes to New Hope are participating in an outreach for a church in western Howard county.  We practiced for about 21/2 hours and got through almost 2 of 3 sets.  Originally we were going to do a mix of songs we do at church and a bunch of classic rock songs. We found out that they wanted us to play only Christian songs so we had to modify our set lists a bit.  Practice was really fun and I am really looking forward to the gig.  We don’t often get the chance to play outside of church so I am really excited.

As far as playing at church, Today was something spectacular.  We had a short set of 4 songs: Come Worship the King, Agnus Dei, Famous One, and No one like you.   The last song had so much energy and we played and clapped so hard through the song, my arms ached when we were finished.   Bruce’s sermon was on whether or not Jesus was political or not.  He asked the question” If our government today was the government in Jesus’ day, would he be a democrat or a republican?”  His answer was “Neither. He was a revolutionary.”  It is so true, Jesus brought so many things to the table. He really knew how to ask the right questions to make people think about what and why they did things. He showed his power and authority at the same time he showed his humility.  What a world shaker!  Where can we follow his steps?

Until next time…………..

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