As we prepare to celebrate the July 4 holiday, I share a couple of thoughts.
First, Billy and I invite you to a cookout and fireworks watching at our house on July 4. We'll start around 6:00 pm and we'll have hot dogs, wings, sides, lemonade and tea. You bring a lawn chair and another beverage if you wish. We live at 512 Oak Hill Drive in Floyd; if coming on Rt. 221, turn on Barbery, take a right on Woods Gap and a left on Oak Hill. We're the third driveway on the left. Please RSVP to 745-5671 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second, I came across a prayer by Beth McLendon that I think is especially meaningful on this holiday:
Father, I come to this July 4th, grateful for my country and grateful for the men and women who gave their lives so that I might be free.
I proclaim my allegiance to my country and total dedication to you, my Lord.
As I watch the magnificent explosions of color on this red, white, and blue holiday, I am reminded of my spectacular Lord and Savior who is great beyond my imagination.
May the name of the Lord be praised and celebrated throughout our country on this our joyous national holiday!
This coming Monday, I will be traveling to Scotland, where I will join my mother in visiting her brother, my uncle Tony. He is in the last stages of a long battle with mesothelioma, so we know this will be a bittersweet visit. While I am away, if you are in need of pastoral care, please contact Bill Gardner (email@example.com, 789-7946) or Billy Motley (firstname.lastname@example.org, 745-5671.) Please pray for safe travel and for God's comfort and peace for Tony.
Thank you to Bill Gardner, B.J. Bauermeister and David Harman for leading worship while I am gone.
Oak Grove Pavilion presents Scott Perry and Front Porch Swing this Saturday evening at 7:00 pm. Great music, delicious refreshments and a great venue await you. Bring your holiday guests and friends!
Please keep in your prayers: Dolly Marshall, preparing for knee surgery on July 7; Shirley Vangilder, preparing for foot surgery on July 8; Max Whalen, infant grandson of Bill and Ginny Gardner, who is hospitalized in Phoenix; the family of Charidy Lee Anders and her young grandson, who died in an automobile accident in Willis yesterday and for the other grandson, who is in the hospital in critical condition. May God surround them all with God’s healing grace and with the light of hope.
Yours in Christ,