I think I need to explain some of my Pat’s Chat for October 27 (last week). Our Seventh-day Adventist Church goes to Holbrook’s Nursing Home the first Sabbath of every month unless they are quarantined, or some other emergency occurs. The first person I greeted when we arrived in the Activity/Dining Hall said to me, “I saw your picture in the paper and I thought you had died!” I wouldn’t have thought too much about that, but later that day, my neighbors said that they were sorry about not knowing about my heart problem (or something like that). I must have done a poor job of explaining myself. It was all about a young lady, much younger than I had put on Facebook about her experience with a heart problem. (If you read it carefully, you will see that I was quoting her Facebook entry.) She had no idea she HAD a heart problem, just a strange feeling that reminded her of breathing really cold air. She ended up with heart surgery. She was GLAD I wanted to quote what she said, to warn others those strange feelings could be an undiscovered heart disease or blocked artery. Don’t take any chances, folks. Go to the ER and get checked out.
A few of the papers that print my Chats last week included some or all of the three pictures I sent to them, one of which was the cutest, tiny owl that graced the barn while our Fall Festival was going on. But Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder published the group picture and the owl picture and remarked about it. Their cute comment about the owl made me smile! Beside the picture they wrote: “ALL EARS – Tiny owl, pictured right, enjoying the fun of SDA Festival.” Everyone I have shown this picture and quote to have gotten a big smile or have laughed out loud because it is so cute (the picture AND the comment!) Thank you so much, Glenville paper folks!
My friend, Mike McCoy of Burnsville, posted on Facebook this: “As hymnals fade, theology also suffers. The rich repository of religious wisdom contained in hymns will be lost. The old-fashioned language of hymns may strike some as unusual, but their text teaches the Christian faith far better than most of the praise choruses that dominate contemporary services. Old hymns were carefully crafted with theology at the forefront. Traditional hymns present doctrine clearly and beautifully convey the gospel story of saving grace.” He is talking about contemporary music and musicians losing some of the basic foundational gospel content of many hymns and thinks projected onto-the-screen music of praise leaves out some basic quality our hymnals brought us. He seems to support bringing back the hymnals. Well, our little church here in Buckhannon does not have the technical equipment to put our hymnal or praise words on screen, but I tend to agree. However, we do live in a technical age different from anything known in past ages. It may all still come down to what is in our hearts – and that is what really counts to God.
Our church rejoiced with Pastor Jerry Murrell and his wife, Tammy, along with Pam Hedrick, Worship Leader of the Way of Holiness Church, as they brought us several beautiful hymns. I hope that we can get them to come and do a whole concert sometime. Their talent is amazing.
Their music was a fit introduction to our visiting speaker, Diane Gregg, who is the Children’s Ministries Director for The Mountain View Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. She spoke about the fact that God has given each of us one talent (or two or many) and a ministry that He calls us to, stressing the importance of finding out just what it is that God wants us to do. The most important thing is to show the love of Jesus to everyone, no matter how unlovely they might be.