Pat’s Chat (September 17)

I am sure many of you shed tears as you watched the English and whole world sadness at the death of the amazing Queen Elizabeth. I decided amid my tears that I would tell you just one incident in my life regarding the Queen. When as a teenager, just graduated from Burnsville High School, I worked in Washington, D.C. in the office of Senator Matthew M. Neeley who, after being governor of West Virginia, became a Senator from West Virginia. Not long after I began working there, Queen Elizabeth and her husband visited the Senate Office Building. All of us office staff were encouraged to go to the Senate chambers and sit in the balcony to watch their entourage explore the Senate floor. When the Senate is in session, the Vice President sits in a huge chair to lead out. As the group of visitors explored, the Queen got close to the large chair. Her minute figure was almost lost from sight. I heard Prince Philip teasingly say, “Try it for size?”  I am sure I saw a small smile on her face. That experience endeared her to me. I have forgotten many things over the years, but not that. I, along with the rest of the world, had witnessed the life of a really elegant lady as she maintained a watch over her country. I loved her.

Our Church had a Celebration of Life in honor of Fred Seeley who died recently. Randy Dustin, one of our Elders, somehow amid his obligations as Elder, teacher, part time preacher, provider of special music for many services, caretaker of his mother, husband to his wife, Susan and father to his grandchildren, plus managing his trucking business and drove five days a week himself, made time to prepare for the Memorial for Fred and perform the many obligations entailed with becoming the executor of Fred’s will. God blessed him and the service was marvelous.

If you would like to see some of the program so well recorded and played for us by Barry Scott, go to The Seventh-day Adventist Facebook site and enjoy the sights and sounds of it.

I want to share with you a bit of our Sabbath School lesson for that day, taken from Steps to Christ, pp. 121, 122. “The psalmist says, ‘Trust in the Lord and do good, so shalt thou dwell in the land and verily thou shalt be fed.’ Psalm 37:3. ‘Trust in the Lord.’  Each day has its burdens, it cares and perplexities and trials. So many borrowed troubles intrude, so many fears are indulged, such a weight of anxiety is expressed, that one might suppose we had no pitying, loving Savior ready to hear all our requests and to be to us a present help in every time of need.

“Some are always fearing and borrowing trouble. Every day they are surrounded with the tokens of God’s love; every day they are enjoying the bounties of His providence; but they overlook these present blessings. Their minds are continually dwelling upon something disagreeable which they fear may come or some difficulty may really exist which, though small, blinds their eyes to the many things that demand gratitude.”

“In every trial we have strong consolation. Is not our Savior touched with the feeling of our infirmities? Has He not been tempted in all points like as we are? And has He not invited us to take every trial and perplexity to Him? Then let us not make ourselves miserable over tomorrow’s burdens. Bravely and cheerfully carry the burdens of today. Today’s trust and faith we must have. But we are not asked to live more than a day at a time. He who gives strength for today will give strength for tomorrow. . .”

“Nothing wounds the soul like the sharp darts of unbelief. When trial comes, as it will, do not worry or complain. Silence in the soul makes more distinct the voice of God. ‘Then are they glad because they be quiet.’ (Psalm 107:30) Remember that underneath you are the everlasting arms. ‘Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him’ (Psalm 17:7) He is guiding you into a harbor of gracious experience --- In Heavenly Places, p. 269.”



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