As the Fourth of July approaches everyone’s emotions seem to be running high, partial due to 1) the lack of sunshine, 2) extreme amounts of rain and 3) the recent Supreme Court decision. Even though each of these recent situations impacts us differently we can handle them wholly or individually in much the same manner. We begin by asking ourselves if we have the ability to change them; 1) can we force the sun to shine, 2) can we prohibit the clouds to emit rain, 3) can we overturn the Supreme Court’s decision? After an honest evaluation we move on to the next question, “Can we accept what we cannot change?
The answers to each question and situation may vary a bit but the remedy has been the same since the beginning of time, prayer. Have you prayed about things as much as you’ve talked about those things? Prayer is all we truly have and it’s all we really need. Prayer can be powerful giving us peace in the middle of the storm, hope for the future and a light for the way. Prayer does not guarantee against suffering and hardship, but it does allow us to openly communicate with the Creator of all. We can make a solemn request for sunshine, good health, discernment of truth, peace in the world, etc. Prayers are personal to each individual involving one or more basic types of prayers; (A-C-T-S) Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication (or Petition).
Each of us have free will but so much of life is not within our control, as witnessed by the recent decision to legalize same sex marriage. It’s apparent a larger corruption exists when less than 2 percent of the population is capable of successfully challenging the definition of marriage. This decision, along with the many previous issues such as; public prayer, abortion, invitro fertilization, and stem cell research have been attacks against the majority’s moral church teachings.
America was founded on Christian values but with a constitution which allowed for freedom of religion. However over the past fifty or more years laws have increasingly revealed a separation of church and government. This transition makes families more accountable for the moral teachings, religious education and fundamental Christian truths of their children and grandchildren. As Independence Day nears we should be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy, treat everyone with the dignity they deserve and to responsibly educate our youth.
Tonight at 7 “Bob Ford and Friends” performs at the gazebo as part of the free Fountain Square Entertainment Series sponsored by the Versailles T&CP. If it looks like rain the event will be held in the St. Denis Church basement.
Saturday evening the Vet’s Club is having Karaoke with Orville beginning at 8 p.m. in the bunker.
Sunday, the Village Green Health Campus (the nursing home located on the corner of Russ Road and State Route 121) is offering a chef-prepared Community Sunday Brunch from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Those interested should RSVP to 548-1993 and be prepared to bring a canned good or monetary donation to help support the Grace Resurrection Food Bank.
FareFest tickets went on sale this week. The event is 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 22 and tickets are $40 presale. To secure your advance tickets stop by or call the Inn of Versailles at 526-3020.
Birthday wishes to Makena Hoying, Larry Brown, Richard Gigandet, Robin Middendorf, Larry Simmons, Joan Magoto, Tammy Drees, Natalie Cebulko, Dan Drees, Jeanette Marshall, Renee Subler, Edna Batty, Deb Wirrig, Steve Henry, Jeanne Miller, Lisa Mangen, Doug Reed, Sheila Magoto, Ruth Neargarder, Ed Collins, Margo Gavit, Samantha Jay and Tom Guillozet as their birthdays approach, as well as, anniversary wishes Mindy and Matt Knapke (1), Heidi and Taylor DeMange (2), and Kelly and Brian Dapore.
Healing prayers and get well wishes to the Kathy and Tom Hamiliton, Andrew Kunk, Michelle Ullom, Kyle Rutschilling, Isabella Yakos, Lisa Coate, Brian Voisard and all those dealing with life’s challenges, as well the hospitalized or homebound in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Mark Dotson and Edward Mumaw, also remembering the lives of Stephanie Applegate, Elmer Stuck, Tom Henry, Steve Subler, Stew Prakel, Robert Smith, Geary Fraley, Rhys Bowman, Dorothy Hiler, Myrl Wilson, Leo Barga, Nelson Barga, Paul Bey, Elizabeth Robinson, Dale Snedecker, Gary Simon, Ann Bergman and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their recently passing.
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than being alive without breathing.” ~Martin Luther
“If life gets to hard to stand, kneel.” ~Gordon B. Hinckley
“Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together.” ~Mother Teresa