Sunday August 26, 2012
I knew my good friend Tommy Clevenger would be the first to respond to myr latest Journey post:
You know, i've been thinking about today's Journey. We should go up to BHCC 2013 and set up an area for the Circle of Wisdom and the Throne of Knowledge where we nap and dispense great thoughts all day. Others can cover the rest of the stuff.
Just think about it!
By the way, I, for one, enjoy reading about your life. It has given me numerous items to tell people all over the country. I am still making up, I mean relating, Maid of the Mist and Cancun stories.
Also, Katie just called offering me unlimited "Behind the Scenes with Jonathan at BHCC" stories. This is gonna be great! Is it true that, on hot summer days, you slip on your swimming trunks and lay on a float in the baptistry?
Have a nice night on M&M's deck!
Tommy Clevenger, PE
We had a great weekend at the McInteers lake house. The Parkinsons, The Stiles and the Risleys joined us for a weekend get away. Great food, fellowship---a little swimming in the lake and a great boat ride on a beautiful August Saturday....just before the beginning of College Football!
We enjoyed watching Tennessee win the US Little League title! And for a few of the group...they learned about my love for NASCAR as they watched their first BRISTOL RACE!
Barbara and I got up at 5 am this morning....and drove home...unpacked, showered and I headed to 8 am service. She will join us at Sunday school and for second service.
Later today we will be going over to Mark and Melinda's Nashville home for a 4th grade cook out and "Butterfly" release. Then I'll be heading back to BHCC for the grief class and in our main auditorium Walt will be teaching from chapter 21 of THE STORY!
Today Walt has preached about praying---as our elders have asked us all to take some time over the next three days to spend some time in prayer and fasting for Sara and Brian Walker.
You can learn more about Sara at:
A new journal entry for Sara's CaringBridge site was posted.
Sara's site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sarawalker
Here is that post:
Written 19 hours ago
As I sat, with Bible in hand, and spent this last hour in prayer for Sara...
"Lord, I am your humble servant. You know my deepest desire is for Sara to be restored to her full health. Please Lord, if it be your will, speak to me through Your word."
I then opened my Bible to this first passage:
Psalm 108: 3-6, 12-13
"I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples,
And I will sing praises to You among the nations.
For Your mercy is great above the heavens,
And Your truth reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
And Your glory above all the earth;
That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and hear me.
Give us help from trouble,
For the help of man is useless.
Through God we will do valiantly,
For it is He who shall tread down our enemies."
I then closed this Holy Book and prayed once again for Sara to be healed on this earth. After begging the Lord to guide my thoughts, I then blindly opened my Bible to the book of Job. I began to feel a skip in the beating of my heart as the first verse I laid my eyes on was chapter 42, verse 12
"Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning..."
"After this, Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. So Job died, old and full of days."
For a third time, I prayed to the Lord for Sara's healing. For a third time, I allowed His Book to open with no idea of what I might read.
This time I read I Samuel 17:39-47, the story of David defeating Goliath! How encouraged I was in reading this story, for probably the thousandth time. At this point, my hands began to tremble as I read verse 47.
"Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear (cancer medicine?;) for the battle is the LORD's, and He will give you into our hands."
My groanings and tears with each prayer grew stronger as I begged The Great Physician to heal Sara, and that it be according to His perfect will for her.
My Bible then fell open to Psalm 91. As I read the chapter, the tears flowed uncontrollably. For I begged the Lord that what I was reading be true for Sara.
"I will say of the LORD, ' He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.' Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler."
"Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation."
The last few minutes of my time in prayer and petition to My Father, I blindly opened my Bible for a final time. Psalm 109:21 is where my eyes first began to read and I stopped at verse 27.
"But You, O GOD the Lord, deal with me for Your name's sake; because Your mercy is good, deliver me. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. I am gone like a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like a locust. My knees are weak through fasting, and my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness. I also have become a reproach to them; when they look at me, they shake their heads.
Help me, O LORD my God! Oh, save me according to Your mercy,
That they may know that this is YOUR hand -
That YOU, LORD, have done it!."
For those of you that have been able to see Sara over these past few weeks, you will understand how this last passage knocked me to my knees! Sara has lost a large amount of weight and looks very sick. I've seen some people "shake their heads" when they look at her. She has, unfortunately, become "weak through fasting" and her "flesh is feeble from lack of fatness." Even though I see what others are seeing, I still see the healthy, beautiful sister I've always had.
I cannot put into words my emotions at this time since reading these passages, but I breathe a little easier and feel a weight lifted off of my shoulders.
My prayers continue for God's WILL to be earthly healing, and I know that He may choose to heal her with her reward in heaven. However, these verses have strengthened my resolve to continually beg The Creator of Life for healing on this side of heaven.
I hope this post has given some of Sara's prayer warriors the encouragement it has given me.
I continually thank my Father for every one of you that are lifting Sara's name daily for her peace, strength, comfort, and healing.
Dinah is Sara's sister....and she has begun recently to write for Sara. You can check out all of the message at the web site.
Meanwhile, Walt is sharing about "The Quest for Authentic Manhood" The Men's Bible Study begins here on Tuesday September 11th at 6 AM.
I will post some more information about the QUEST....and you check on our web site...and get more info.
Tennessee takes on Japan this afternoon in the LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP! Go Goodlettsville!
Have a great Journey this week...share a little Light and Love...
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