Blog # 25
Friends are priceless! Since Bess and I retired, we are now able to spend more time with our friends. Many of them come and go to the mountains. Several of them have places here in the Smokies. It is great meeting them at some of our favorite restaurants for a meal and wonderful fellowship. It is fun running into people we have known through the years but haven’t seen them in a long time. We see them at Dollywood, the Old Mill, our favorite restaurant, at the outlet shops and other places Bess likes to shop. I usually find a bench while I am waiting, and catch up on the news. It always amazes me at the people I meet that know me. Many of these have seen me on the internet while watching the Lake Gibson Church services. We have a pleasant chat and get acquainting during these times.
Next week, September 24-30, is the 60th National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge. Some 12,000 people will attend. We will see many of our friends and others that have watched Lake Gibson services through the years. Bess and I will visit with all the groups that are featured singers at Saturday and Sunday nights in Lakeland. I will have the opportunity to spend time with the agents I have worked with for 19 years that books the music groups. We have become wonderful friends. Bess and I will be attending three nights, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We usually arrive at 4:00 p.m. and stay through most of the evenings. We try to catch all our favorite groups when they are featured. Some really are anointed by the Holy Spirit. Those are our favorites.
For several years I served as chaplain for the Southern Gospel Promoters Association, and had some responsibilities at the convention. Since I gave up that position a few years ago, it is more relaxing for me to attend.
Since I am thinking about friends, let me introduce you to my greatest friend that sticks closer than a brother.
“Friendship with Jesus, fellowship divine.
Oh what blessed sweet communion, Jesus
Is a friend of mine!”
Cherish your friends!
Psalm 37 is a great inspirational and encouraging word. Just listen to some of its jewels.
Trust in the Lord.
Feed on His Faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord.
Commit your way to the Lord.
Rest in the Lord.
Life brings changes. Sometimes those changes are to our liking; sometimes, they are not; but trust, but feed, but wait, but rest.
If you are in a hurtful, discouraging place today, read Psalm 37. It’s too bad that hurt often occurs within the body of Christ, the church.
Many times in our christian service, we constantly hit closed doors. It hurts. It brings discouragements.
Changes are made and we’re not told.
The picture we gave or the pew we purchased in honor of parents, is taken out of the church.
The honor once given, is removed from the wall.
You were not asked to sing or play the piano.
You wanted to sing in the choir, but were refused.
Someone got your seat; you had to sit at the back.
The church was not friendly.
I could go on and on; but, my word to you and me today is this: Look on the sunny side of life. Have faith. Enjoy God’s presence. Rest in the Lord. Be positive. Be an encourager. “Let the sun shine in. Face it with a grin. Open up your heart and let the sun shine in.” That is, the SON shine in.
God keeps watch. God remembers the good you have done! God will take care of you. So, fret not.
“I have been young, and now am old; yet, I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.” So rest.
This little pencil is thinking of you and praying for you,
P.s. Mother Teresa said, I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” May the beauty of Jesus be seen in us.