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June 20, 2017
A story is told of a pastor who went to visit his member in a convalescent home.  The member, Annie, was looking out the window as he entered the room.  Annie noticing the pastor immediately beckoned and said: “Preacher, preacher, come over here and look at those beautiful birds on the patio.”  When the pastor stepped over by her side to join her at the window, she said, “You know, when I was a little girl on the farm back in Missouri, one Sunday morning my father called to me to get ready for church.  I was watching some blackbirds out the parlor window.  I said, ‘Papa, I wish I could be like those blackbirds and fly away when I want to.  I don’t want to go to church today.’  My Papa knelt beside me and said gently, ‘Annie, there will come a day when you will want to go to church and you will not be able to attend.  Then you will realize why it is so important’.” Annie turned to me and said with tears in her eyes, “Today is one of those days, Preacher, today is one of those days.” May God enable us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together in fellowship and worship even with our aches and pains and wobbly feet.   And may God enable us to do all the good we can while he gives us breath. 
Shalom, Shalom!
Franklin G. David
“See the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, and think the unthinkable.”