Sunday, January 25, 2009

TLBC 29th Anniversary

It felt very cold outside this morning with the north wind blowing in arctic air from the Frasier River Valley in Canada but we had warm services at TLBC. Sunday School was on God's Creation and my morning message was on "The Faith of Enoch". See our church website for the outline of the message. click here We are looking forward to a good meeting this week 7PM NIGHTLY in celebration of our 29th Anniversary as a church. Marion and I will pick up brother George Kelley and his wife Alice at SeaTac tomorrow afternoon. We have advertized the meeting and invited several to come. Some of our elderly have already told us that they may not make it out to all the services. We are praying that God would give Elder Kelley the messages that we need to hear. Some of our friends from Seattle are coming and some from Idaho too. It should be good.

Here is a touching story I received a while back.

Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said, "I love you and I wish you enough".

The daughter replied, "Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom". They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?".

Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?".

"I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is - the next trip back will be for my funeral," she said.

"When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough'. May I ask what that means?".

She began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone". She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more. "When we said , 'I wish you enough', we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them".

Then turning toward me, she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory.
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
She then began to cry and walked away.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them but then an entire life to forget them. TAKE TIME TO LIVE.....

To all my friends and loved ones,

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