What an awesome day it was. The weather was brisk and cool with the wind blowing the leaves that have been falling in large quantities. Gina loves to see the leaves blowing, and takes great pleasure in driving through the leaves and watching them swirl behind the car. Today definitely didn't disappoint her.
When we arrived at church, there was a sharp wind blowing that seemed to cut right through you, but it was warm inside from the love of the people. Last week were out of town so were not able to attend church. We really miss seeing our church family.
Our Sabbath School class is warm and friendly, and it was great to be able to catch up a bit after being gone. We watched the video of the song "Watch The Lamb" and had a good discussion about how the sacrifices of the Old Testament were symbols of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross.
WATCH THE LAMB
During the church service my friend Richie Owens sang for us one of my favorite hymns, "Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us". I love the words to the song.
Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care; in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are.
SAVIOR, LIKE A SHEPHERD LEAD US
When Pastor Rodil started his sermon titled "How To Thank The Lord", he told us that he had been looking on the internet last night for an illustration to start his sermon. The story that he used was my blog from yesterday, "The Hammered Dulcimer". I was surprised, but Gina wasn't. The pastor had told her before hand that he was going to use the story. He gave a very uplifting sermon that centered around the idea that we should thank the Lord for everything that happens in our lives, not just what we consider the good things. We need to thank God for everything, even the bad things. It was a very meaningful sermon for me, because I know that Pastor Rodil and his family have gone through extremely tough times in the last year.
PASTOR RODIL CAPOBRES
After church we had some friends over for the afternoon that we hadn't visited with in several months. Little Kaitlyn had been wanting to come to our house and see our dog Skye Baby for a long time. She came with her parents, and had a great time playing with the dog, and with Gina's doll house.
KAITLYN AND GINA
In the evening we were invited to Bear Barton's 50th birthday party. I have never been to a birthday party like it. Richie Owens and Bear have been playing music together for 13 years. Bear is a harmonica player extraordinaire. Richie rented the Ouachita Little Theater, and invited many musicians that he and Bear had played with over the years to come and jam.
BEAR BARTON AND RICHIE OWENS
Richie projected video on stage of Bear playing with a number of different musicians, with some of the video being a number of years ago. We enjoyed seeing Bear with hair.
The party lasted until late into the evening. Well late for me anyway, because I am even older than Bear. It was after 10:00 when the jam session ended, and then I enjoyed getting to visit with Bear for a few minutes. I hadn't seen him for some time. I am happy that I got to be with him at his birthday party. Bear, I wish you a Happy Birthday and many more to come.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.