July 2nd 2011 11:07 am
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Well, we see that Summer finally arrived on prairie. Baby is sure glad she wasn't there for the 2 days it was pushing 90 degrees.
We've been watching you and Dad spraying,spraying and spraying.... He's been spraying weeds and you've been spraying for bugs! OMD! What a crop of pesty bugs you have this year....I see the day you mowed the flies,mosquitos ate you up! I can sure see why, you have no interest in your flowerbeds. Everytime you get near them, the bugs is all over you! You always have been the Best bug zapper on the place. The bugs leave everyone else alone, as they are too busy chewing on you! You even put out a bunch of those really stinky fly catching jars.... They are working good now that the temperatures are warmer.
The bugs should get better as the extra moisture goes away. Sure had a very wet June down there. We were watching Dad as he mowed the hay yard the other day. The last day of June is real late for starting the haying. We would have had a blast hunting in there once it was down. Gopher Paradise! I see there are lots of little ducks on the wetlands below the hill... I'd love to be there! I'd jump in the water and swim with them! Never did understand why the Momma and Poppa ducks quacked at me so much? I just wanted to play in the water and swim with the ducklings....The ducks will happy,since Mazy doesn't like water deeper than the tubbie.
Baby and I want to wish Mazy a Happy Birthday...The little stinker will be 4 yrs. old on July 6th. Where did the time go? I know you will have lots of special stuff for her this week. We Hope all our pals down there have a Happy 4th. of July weekend.
So you're going to bite the bullet and try to help Dad a little in the hayfield. You haven't been there for a very long time. 1997, I seem to remember... Well, I guess, you'll find out soon enough, if you're up to that or not?
I see Mazy found my old purple Teddy and the squeakie still works! This is a miracle, cuz, I always played very hard with my toys...Mazy plays very hard with her stuffies too...I hope after you visit Great Gma and Great Grandpa in September...you will be able to look for a small companion for Mazy. Dad and Mazy without you for about 10 days will be interesting...They did o.k. last winter, when you went and took care of the grandkids for 5 days. Baby and I will keep an extra close eye on them.
Kenzie and Jax's have gotten so Big, they are now 7 and 9.5 yrs. old. Kenzie still talks about me.... She is such a sweet little girl. I saw the flowers and silk pinwheels you have for our memorial area. Will be nice, when you can put the extra ND native granite down for Baby. We know all the rain, made it impossible to gather it up from the summer hill pasture. Soon you will be able to drive the pickup in there and not get stuck! I loved walking those hills with you....I see you keep Mazy on the flatland. I jumped over the rocks and hills like a deer. I laugh myself silly when, Mazy scampers under the barbwire fences. I always just jumped right over them. I see she has learned this last year to catch treats with her mouth and to roll over. She pretty darn good at hide-in-seek.... I'll always be Queen of Hide-n-Seek!
I'd better go,Momma...I heard the pals calling....We are going to play ball ... We are having a Big,Big BBQ with all the kinds of meat and fish! anything the puppers or purrs want. We're going to party all weekend! Don't work too hard...We know, if it doesn't rain, you and Dad will work,like any other day. Tons of angel kisses from Angel Foxie and Angel Baby
June 15th 2011 7:11 pm
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Yesterday,Momma, both Baby and I blew Angel Kisses at you all day ...
We know it rained almost the entire day. We watched you, as you baked buns and peanutbutter blossom cookies. We could almost taste your fresh buns from here. We know you were worried about your bread,when the power went off just as they were starting to bake. We zapped your power right back on.... It was kinda of a trick, we played on you!
We were so Happy that you and little Mazy were busy all day. We were singing and dancing while you were telling Mazy different stories about the two of us...I don't think, she believes the muskrat and skunk stories??? It's o.k., we don't mind....
We were just so happy that you weren't sad all day....Four yrs. ago, June 14,2007, I went to the bridge without any warning. You were so crushed.... Baby and I are back together, as we were most of our lives. We are having a blast! Can't even describe how much Fun! Running,playing,wrestling,tag,fetch,hide-n-seek,sniffing,sno oping all day long. Baby is catching on, to how the wings work....She's met so many purrs and puppers. Some she already knew and many she didn't.
I have to tell you: I sat quietly beside Baby,waiting for her to wake-up...so I could escort her to the Bridge. Wrinkles,Weedle,Zuki,Ben,
Bunny,Cheyenne,Wyoming were all there with me.... She was every so Surprised when she woke up to see me! She thought, she was dreaming...
We explained the trip she took to her.... She stretched,stood up,
walked around.... Then she realized that she wasn't Old anymore... She was strong,healthy, mouthful of toophers, ready to romp and play..... 1st. she was hungry from that long nap...So we showed her around and had a welcome party. Tons and tons of food. She said, she didn't remember when food had tasted so good....
We both just wanted you to know that we are doing fine. We love you very much.... Someday, we will be standing there, as you come to find us. In the meantime, we will watch over you and the whole family.
We've gotta go..... Movies and popcorn! You know how much we both like popcorn! The movie is the Long Journey Home.... Remember that movie,Momma? It was one of your favorite animal movies!
All Our LOve,
Angel Foxie and Angel Baby
May 29th 2011 1:10 pm
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Lord Don't Take My Tears Or My Cross Away.....
sent by Minister Misty
Lord don't take my tears or my cross away
For I would grow weary and forget to pray.
I want to serve You all of my days,
I'll share You with others along life's way.
Lord may I never take for granted
All the Blessings You send my way,
Let my heart give You all my Praises,
Following Jesus I will never dismay.
For my tears will keep me humble
Though many times I fall and crumble,
Lord grant me strength for each new day,
Lord don't take my tears or my cross away.
Teach me Lord to never grow careless
Or grow weary in my walk each day,
Remind me Lord how much I need You,
Lord don't take my tears or my cross away.
Lord You see each wave as billows roll
You hear each prayer on Earth extol,
You understand every heartache and tear,
I thank You Lord You are always near.
Lord, You promised a better day is coming
Our cross we'll bear no more,
We'll live with You for all Eternity,
Upon Heavens bright and golden shore.
Written by Bernice Ward ©March 2008
May 28th 2011 1:01 pm
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Prayer for Momma Shawna who now has pneumonia. Pray that, she can receive the antibiotics, she needs from the Memorial Hall which is a makeshift hospital for all who need treatment that are not in critical condition. 1 Hospital left in Joplin, they look you over, at the urgency clinic and send you on. Freeman hospital cares only for the critical patients. Late on Thursday, standing in line for meals and finding more candles was a bigger priority. Saturday 28th of May, Shawna was going to be treated for the respiratory. Inhaled debris may be the problem? So Keep praying,everyone....
Many 1,000's of persons are without any source of power. Candles allow them to see after dark. CANDLES.... Such small things....Can you imagine, darkness settling in on you????
A house that stands is accommodating, more than 1 family, as well as 7 puppers...Cramped at best....Stumbling around in the dark, without any light? After spending your day, exhausting yourself: with What do we need to do, Now? Your head is Spinning, you are not resting, you are dirty, hot, sticky...still trying to process what has happened. You've broken down emotionally....just want to go home! There is NO Home to go Home, too.....
All things considered, we feel the people there are very,very strong! Friday was a better day to face the endless problems than Thursday was. Just one tiny step in front of another and some how you make it through.....
We believe, with our whole heart, that our prayers help give them the strength to take the next step. This will be a very long process to rebuild their lives. Someday to have a place to call HOME again....
My father's home community in Indiana was destroyed in the spring of 1974. (My parents were still serving in the military in Oklahoma) I had just returned to North Dakota the day the tornado hit. My grandmother,
aunts,uncles,cousins,my only sibling a sister had to rebuild and start over. It was long process... The 1st. time, I returned there to see the community as it is today, I didn't recognize it. All the landmarks and things I knew from childhood visits were gone. Remaining Memories only in the minds of those who knew this place. I remember the Fear of trying to make contact family. Trying to find out, if they were injured or worse. No cell phones in those days. It was heart wrenching....That Spring day, there were many,many tornadoes that traveled across IN,ILL,OH and even beyond. This community was a place of about 6-10,000 people.
I'm sorry, I do not mean to ramble. Trying to just create a picture of how horrific these situations are. How much your life changes, how much your priorities change. June 3,1999, my husband and I became victims of a tornado on the open rural prairie. I ask God, as I huddle in the corner of my basement under the stairs with 2 terrified dogs:
Please Lord, protect everyone in the path of this tornado. Leave my children at least 1 parent. Leave us enough to make a living. As those minutes passed material items meant little. My husband had never been in a tornado. He didn't believe me, when I told him,one was coming and we were in its direct path. Our 60 plus year farmhouse, somewhat twisted, still stands today. We still live in this home. Debris was scattered for miles. We still find debris to this day. The tree skeletons in the shelter belts are a constant reminder of that day.
Our machinery and livestock barns are a constant reminder. Insurance covers some things, but no matter what you have, it is never enough.
To this day, the thing that bothers me the most, is the loss of 2 blue spruce trees from the front yard. These trees towered above our 2 story home. My mother and hubby's Mom had planted those trees together in 1948. A piece of our family history was lost in those trees. Trees are very valuable on the prairie and not always easy to grow. We stood dazed that day...realizing that a lot of 2 generations of hard work was gone forever. Almost 12 yrs. later, the place does not and will never look as it once did. We feel blessed to still be able to make a living. Our priorities in life remain forever changed. Our faith in God deepened and we grew spiritually stronger. Our of the debris and ashes of this storm came two people who are forever changed. I'd like to believe, we are more compassionate people than we once were. Less self-absorbed.... Eyes wide open, looking at the Big picture, instead of Life with blinders on.
Our hearts break for people caught in these same situations. Whatever small things we can do to make the recovery easier is what we try to do. Angel Foxie isn’t with us now, but Old Baby still is. Those furs had never been afraid of thunderstorms until the tornado. To this day, when a storm is brewing, Old Baby goes into Orbit. She hyper ventilates, her heart races, she is beside herself…The scars remain with her. The fears we never conquered. We have found a product called Calming Ease and this helps, if we know bad weather is coming. Due to her excitement and age, we always fear she will have a heart attack or stroke during bad weather. Mazy this past winter and spring has developed a fear of these high winds. She barks and barks trying to scare the wind away….
Hugs, Angel Foxie and Her Momma Keda
May 26th 2011 4:21 pm
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Status: publish Date: May 26 2011 3:57 pm
Reportin' on the Kirk Puppers
We have been able to connect with cell phone several times this week. The service is hit and miss, due to towers down. There were 2 days we couldn't connect at all.
We apologize we didn't make it to my page to report in again. All of us furs, have crazy paws,runnin' here and there...tryin' to send group messages,crosspost to other groups,answer p-mails on a 1 to 1 basis,line up furs to help with lots, lots of stuff in Christian Dogs and Cats.... Keep track of all our endless scribbled notes.... so we don't end up, too crazy confused.
If, there is an easier way to do all this...we're New and wouldn't know, what it is? Just be patient with us, we have only been around dogster 1 yr. Our Ponderosa Pack thinks "Momma Shawna is SuperMomma! Did anyone see her red cape, go flyin' by, in some of these horrible storms?" So much bad nasty weather across the United States. We are praying protection over everyone,no matter where you live! We are thanking God for all of you, who have come forth to help us try and keep a promise to Momma Shawna. Dogsters and Catsters have Amazin' Hoomans for pawrents!
Old Baby said so, she is very Wise! She's almost 19, it's just around the corner.
Shawna and Bill had an appointment late today to meet with FEMA. Don't know yet, how they can help? Shawna was sick a few days before the tornado. She has to go to Memorial Hall, where they have a makeshift hospital treatment center. The urgency clinic said, she now has pneumonia. They will give her medicine. St. John's Hospital was destroyed, leaving Freeman Hospital. Unless you are in critical condition, they send you to the Memorial Hall. So now, she is barking like a Seal, again.
The cell phones still cut in and out but doing better with being able to get through.
So many hassles with the permit stuff to get onto your property. They did away with the need to have a permit.
They are trying to clean up some debris on the property.
Sure it will be slow going...Some purrs and furs wanted to contact Momma Shawna. The best way to do this is with the following address:
c/o JAYNE MYERS
4507 WEST 26TH PLACE
JOPLIN, MO 64804
This is her sister-in-law and they are staying there for right now. So, if you want to send her a note of encouragement to lift her spirits...Emotions are raw,you're tired, so much to do,
and where to start at 1st.???
Maybe in a week or so, we will have a cell number for furs to reach her. AT&T told them, those who lost everything, they would get them a cell phone. (so they can make the appts.and contacts they need too)... If they follow through with this plan, it will be just Pawtastic and beyond Awesome!
It's been a very BAD BAD BAD week for Horrific weather around our country.... So many thunderstorms,lots of hail,high winds,heavy rain,flooding and awful tornadoes. We have been watching CNN at our house. The weather for the U.S. is more detailed. There were 2 days this week, that there were 50 tornadoes in a day. This spring is listed at the wrost tornado season since the 1950's. We heard last night that 500 people across the U.S. have died this year, resulting from tornadoes.
Everyone keep praying protection over all the purrs,puppers and people across the world. Nothing in 2011 is unfolding as normal....We can not leave without telling you that Momma Shawna and the Kirk Puppers are cryin' and howlin' when we tell them about all the pmails... They said," Please tell them, we are so moved by all the prayers,compassion,concern and love shown our family. We love our dogster and catster furs very,berry much!!!! We miss you all, more than you can imagine... We hope to return,sooner than soon...."
Meowied and Barked by:
Precious,Mazy,Old Baby and Angel Foxie
Took ALL .... 16 Paws to Help Gma Type....
Hugs and Kisses
May 23rd 2011 9:43 am
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GROUP LEADER OF CHRISTIAN DOGS AND CATS/ALSO A MEMBER HERE-JUST SPOKE TO SHAWNA AND BILL ON BILL'S CELL PHONE...11 A.M. DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME.. THEY ARE ALIVE AND THE 5 DOGS ARE O.K.(MOMMA SHAWNA AND KIRK PUPPERS)
SHAWNA AND BILL HAVE LOST EVERYTHING. SHAWNA WAS HOME WITH DOGS WHEN TORNADO HIT. SHE LAID ON THE DOGS IN THE BATHROOM. ALL THAT STANDS NOW IS 1 BATHROOM WALL. EVERYTHING IS TOTALLY DESTROYED.... HER SON WAS IN KANSAS....HE DROVE BACK AND FOUND SHAWNA. BILL WAS AT WORK AND COULDN'T GET HOME.
I'LL WRITE IN CDAC MESSAGES AND PRAYER THREAD. PLEASE HELP CROSS POST THIS TO OTHER GROUPS WHERE SHE IS KNOWN.
THEY ARE AT BILL'S SISTER'S HOUSE. BILL'S MOM IS O.K. SHAWNA DOESN'T KNOW ABOUT HER PARENTS,BROTHER-IN-LAW,SISTER AND HER FAMILY. HER SISTER WAS A PATIENT IN THE HOSPITAL THAT WAS HIT. THEY HAVE NO ELECTRICITY... SHAWNA HAS CUTS AND BRUISES AND IT VERY UPSET. THIS WAS AN F5 TORNADO. MORE STORMS ARE FORCAST FOR TODAY. BILL SAID, THEY HAD BEEN HAVING THUNDERSTORMS OFF AND ON ALL MORNING.
I'LL POST IN OUR PET DIARIES TOO.
MORE DETAILS AS SOON AS I CAN TYPE THEM UP.
ALL THIS DISASTER AND SHAWNA IS WORRIED ABOUT THE GROUP.
UPSET THAT SOMEWHERE IN ALL THAT DEBRIS IS HER PC. I TOLD HER THE GROUP WILL BE ALL RIGHT. PLEASE PRAY FOR JOPLIN AND ALL THE VICTIMS OF THIS TERRIBLE DISASTER.
PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD...
GMA KEDA, MAZY AND THE PONDEROSA PUPPERS.
May 15th 2011 10:47 am
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by: author unknown
Sometimes we must be hurt in order to grow,
We must fail in order to know,
We must lose in order to gain,
Some lessons are learned best only through pain.
Sometimes our vision clears
Only after our eyes are washed with tears.
Sometimes we have to be broken,
So we can be tender;
Sick, so we can rest and think better
On things more important than work or fun;
Trip near death, so we can assess how we’ve run.
Sometimes we have to suffer lack,
So we can know God’s provisions.
Feel another’s pain,
So we can have a sense of mission.
So take heart, my friend,
If you don’t understand today,
Instead of grumbling, ask God what He means to say.
In order to learn, you must endure
And learn to see the bigger picture.
In order to grow, you must stand
Look beyond the hurt, to God’s loving hand
That takes what is good
And gives what is best
And on this blessed thought: rest.
As your anxious heart, with questions: wait.
God’s hand only gives, what His loving heart dictates.”
Momma, I knew you'd like this poem.
I know it will give you strength on bad days.
Love you, Momma
Sending Angel Kisses,
May 5th 2011 8:33 am
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Morning All..... We hope you enjoy this poem, a tribute to Moms,Aunts,Grandmothers all over the world. Gma was a young teenager when she recited this poem at church on Mother's Day. The year 1967. She remembers the year because her Father was serving in Vietnam and they were a military family. Living that time with their Grandparents.It was about this time in life, that Gma fell in LOVE with Poetry...Momma told me this and how she came to treasure this poem...Sunday is Mother's Day! So now, I'm leaving the poem that is engraved on her Heart here for all of you to read...... I Love you Momma, Angel Foxie
The woman was old and ragged and gray
And bent with the chill of the Winter's day.
The street was wet with a recent snow
And the woman's feet were aged and slow.
She stood at the crossing and waited long,
Alone, uncared for, amid the throng
Of human beings who passed her by
Nor heeded the glance of her anxious eye.
Down the street with laughter and shout,
Glad in the freedom of 'school let out,"
Came the boys like a flock of sheep,
Hailing the snow piled white and deep.
Past the woman so old and gray
Hastened the children on their way.
Nor offered a helping hand to her-
So meek, so tired, afraid to stir
Lest the carriage wheels or the horses' feet
Should crowd her down in the slippery street.
At last came one of the merry troop,
The gayest laddie of all the group;
He paused beside her and whispered low,
'I'll help you cross, if you wish to go."
Her aged hand on his strong young arm
She placed, and so, without hurt or harm,
He guided the trembling feet along,
Proud that his own were firm and strong.
Then back again to his friends he went,
His young heart happy and well content.
'She's somebody's mother, boys, you know,
For all she's aged and poor and slow,
'And I hope some fellow will lend a hand
To help my mother, you understand,
'If ever she's poor and old and gray,
When her own dear boy is far away.'
And "somebody's mother" bowed low her head
In her home that night, and the prayer she said
Was, 'God be kind to the noble boy,
Who is somebody's son, and pride and joy!"
...Mary Dow Brine
April 27th 2011 12:50 pm
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This morning, Momma Shawna called us after returning home from the Fur Doc. Miss Lucy is Very,very ill...She needs our prayers and support...Princess Lucy is normally very lively and energetic! She leads those Kirk Pupper Boys around by the snout!
Miss Lucy is Momma Shawna's constant companion. She helps keep Momma Shawna fighting her own serious health issues. She took ill very suddenly. Please read the note from Momma Shawna posted below. Help us pray for Miss Lucy's healing....Miss Lucy's dogster I.D. number is: 776648. We have posted a picture of Princess Lucy for you to see. Let's Unite in the Spirit of Friendship and PRAY for this Beloved Fur and her family.....
Thank you Everyone for all your help....Our hearts are heavy with concern and worry... Our house will stand in prayer for our friends.
and Gma K.
MISS LUCY DOGSTER I.D. IS:776648
PRAYER REQUEST AND REPORT ON OUR FRIEND MISS LUCY.....WRITTEN BY MOMMA SHAWNA...
My Lucy Girl has not eaten for 3 days....She has been throwing up....not drinking very much....
Daddy took her to the Vet....Lucy's eyes are
jaundice....Her Vet ran blood tests and tests on her liver. It is not good. Lucy's Liver is enlarged, inflamed, and there is infection, and all the levels were extremely high...*TEARS*...
I am so heart broken, but I have to keep the Faith!
He sent Lucy home with Meds and antibioitics, and if by Friday, she is not eating or showing some
improvement, The vet will do a liver Biopsy to see if it is Cancer....**TEARS**..............
My Lucy Girl, Oh Dear God, Please Protect my Little Girl....
We ask for your Prayers, Please...POWER OF THE PAW!
The Kirk Family
Thank you once, again....
We Love all of you,
We ask God to Bless
dogster and catster,
Mazy and the Ponderosa Pack
April 21st 2011 4:11 pm
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I sat, with two friends, in the picture
window of a quaint restaurant just off the corner of
the town-square. The food and the company were both
especially good that day.
As we talked, my
attention was drawn outside, across the street. There,
walking into town, was a man who appeared to be
carrying all his worldly goods on his back. He was
carrying, a well-worn sign that read, 'I will work for
food.' My heart sank.
I brought him to the
attention of my friends and noticed that others around
us had stopped eating to focus on him. Heads moved in
a mixture of sadness and disbelief.
continued with our meal, but his image lingered in my
mind.. We finished our meal and went our separate
ways. I had errands to do and quickly set out to
accomplish them. I glanced toward the town square,
looking somewhat halfheartedly for the strange
visitor. I was fearful, knowing that seeing him again
would call some response. I drove through town and saw
nothing of him. I made some purchases at a store and
got back in my car.
Deep within me, the Spirit
of God kept speaking to me: 'Don't go back to the
office until you've at least driven once more around
Then with some hesitancy, I
headed back into town. As I turned the square's third
corner, I saw him. He was standing on the steps of the
church, going through his sack.
I stopped and
looked; feeling both compelled to speak to him, yet
wanting to drive on. The empty parking space on the
corner seemed to be a sign from God: an invitation to
park. I pulled in, got out and approached the town's
'Looking for the pastor?' I
'Not really,' he replied, 'just
'Have you eaten today?'
I ate something early this morning.'
you like to have lunch with me?'
'Do you have
some work I could do for you?'
'No work,' I
replied 'I commute here to work from the city, but I
would like to take you to lunch.'
replied with a smile.
As he began to gather
his things, I asked some surface questions. Where you
St. Louis '
'Where you from?'
'Oh, all over; mostly Florida .'
long you been walking?'
'Fourteen years,' came
I knew I had met someone unusual.
We sat across from each other in the same restaurant I
had left earlier. His face was weathered slightly
beyond his 38 years. His eyes were dark yet clear, and
he spoke with an eloquence and articulation that was
startling He removed his jacket to reveal a bright red
T-shirt that said, 'Jesus is The Never Ending Story.'
Then Daniel 's story began to unfold. He had
seen rough times early in life. He'd made some wrong
choices and reaped the consequences. Fourteen years
earlier, while backpacking across the country, he had
stopped on the beach in Daytona. He tried to hire on
with some men who were putting up a large tent and
some equipment. A concert, he thought.
hired, but the tent would not house a concert but
revival services, and in those services he saw life
more clearly. He gave his life over to God
'Nothing's been the same since,' he said, 'I
felt the Lord telling me to keep walking, and so I
did, some 14 years now.'
'Ever think of
stopping?' I asked.
'Oh, once in a while, when
it seems to get the best of me But God has given me
this calling. I give out Bibles; that's what's in my
sack. I work to buy food and Bibles, and I give them
out when His Spirit leads.'
I sat amazed. My
homeless friend was not homeless. He was on a mission
and lived this way by choice. The question burned
inside for a moment and then I asked: 'What's it
'To walk into a town
carrying all your things on your back and to show your
'Oh, it was humiliating at first.
People would stare and make comments. Once someone
tossed a piece of half-eaten bread and made a gesture
that certainly didn't make me feel welcome. But then
it became humbling to realize that God was using me to
touch lives and change people's concepts of other
folks like me.'
My concept was changing, too.
We finished our dessert and gathered his things. Just
outside the door, he paused He turned to me and said,
'Come Ye blessed of my Father and inherit the kingdom
I've prepared for you. For when I was hungry you gave
me food, when I was thirsty you gave me drink, a
stranger and you took me in.'
I felt as if we
were on holy ground. 'Could you use another Bible?' I
He said he preferred a certain
translation. It traveled well and was not too heavy.
It was also his personal favorite. 'I've read through
it 14 times,' he said.
'I'm not sure we've got
one of those, but let's stop by our church and see' I
was able to find my new friend a Bible that would do
well, and he seemed very grateful.
you headed from here?' I asked.
'Well, I found
this little map on the back of this amusement park
'Are you hoping to hire on there for
'No, I just figure I should go
there. I figure someone under that star right there
needs a Bible, so that's where I'm going next.'
He smiled, and the warmth of his spirit
radiated the sincerity of his mission. I drove him
back to the town-square where we'd met two hours
earlier, and as we drove, it started raining. We
parked and unloaded his things.
sign my autograph book?' he asked. 'I like to keep
messages from folks I meet.'
I wrote in his
little book that his commitment to his calling had
touched my life. I encouraged him to stay strong. And
I left him with a verse of scripture from Jeremiah, 'I
know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord,
'plans to prosper you and not to harm you; Plans to
give you a future and a hope.'
he said. 'I know we just met and we're really just
strangers, but I love you.'
'I know,' I said,
'I love you, too.' 'The Lord is good!'
He is. How long has it been since someone hugged you?'
A long time,' he replied
so on the busy street corner in the drizzling rain, my
new friend and I embraced, and I felt deep inside that
I had been changed.. He put his things on his back,
smiled his winning smile and said, 'See you in the New
'I'll be there!' was my reply.
He began his journey again. He headed away
with his sign dangling from his bedroll and pack of
Bibles. He stopped, turned and said, 'When you see
something that makes you think of me, will you pray
'You bet,' I shouted back, 'God
'God bless.' And that was the last I
saw of him.
Late that evening as I left my
office, the wind blew strong. The cold front had
settled hard upon the town. I bundled up and hurried
to my car. As I sat back and reached for the emergency
brake, I saw them.... a pair of well-worn brown work
gloves neatly laid over the length of the handle. I
picked them up and thought of my friend and wondered
if his hands would stay warm that night without them.
Then I remembered his words: 'If you see
something that makes you think of me, will you pray
Today his gloves lie on my desk in my
office. They help me to see the world and its people
in a new way, and they help me remember those two
hours with my unique friend and to pray for his
ministry. 'See you in the New Jerusalem,' he said.
Yes, Daniel , I know I will.
'I shall pass
this way but once. Therefore, any good that I can do
or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now, for
I shall not pass this way again.'
May You Feel The Presence of God
God Bless All,
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