The Good Ole Summertime

There was no doubt the past couple of weeks that summer vacation is coming to a close. Many of our families were absent on vacation and we missed you! Well, as you read this Carolyn and I plan to take off just a couple of days ourselves. After a month of trying to keep up with some of our grandchildren as their first attenders {I know it’s misspelled, but it’s the best word I can come up with…you don’t actually do anything, you just kind of ‘tend them!} We feel like we need a little time to tend ourselves…. So off we go on a motorcycle trip down in southeast Oklahoma! I have only been there a few times over the years and Carolyn has never been. The Talimena Drive http://www.talimenascenicdrive.com/interpretive-guide/the-drive/ will be part of our trip. With no reservations anywhere we plan to go until we’re ready to stop and then do just that: stop. When we get up Tuesday morning we will do it all over again and plan to arrive back Wednesday before noon.
We are supposed to meet with the architect and structural engineer Thursday for the final approval on our planned expansion of the auditorium and then it will be off to the City of Claremore for permits etc. and we will be ready to begin our expansion. If you haven’t yet considered your part in the financial provision, it is time to. There is no doubt that we will be quite able to complete this project if every one of us will do our part: Nehemiah 4:6 ‘So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.’ The key factor in every work for God is commitment to the task.
As summer comes to a close, we all look forward to our annual Labor Day Picnic. This year Labor Day is actually on Monday September 1~ meaning that our picnic will be Sunday August 31 just three weeks away!! It is our way of recognizing that the summer months have slipped away and the time for preparations for the winter time is short. I am reminded at this time of the year the Lamentation of Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 8:14-22 ‘Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the LORD our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD. We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble! The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein. For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD. When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me. Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?’
It is time to set our hearts upon our God.
Bro. Wayne

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