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Year 2009 - October thru December

 
 
 
 
+++ The Christian Banner - December 2009 +++
  
The Greatest Gift of All
Written & submitted by: Jean Hunt
 
God knew that people everywhere were in need of a Savior whether or not they were aware of that fact. God sent His only Son into this world, born in a lowly stable, in order for us to receive this gift of Love, the greatest gift ever given – Jesus. As we are nearing the Christmas season, wouldn’t it be wonderful if the whole world would embrace this spirit of giving everyday of the year! The most precious gift that we could give would be to introduce them to Jesus, the greatest gift of all. He is the only One that completely satisfies.
 
We receive many gifts at Christmas that we do not need or possibly do not want. Those gifts along with all the celebrations that Christmas brings fail to give happiness or contentment that will last. God knew this and that is why He sent the only gift that would, His Son, Jesus. He gave the gift so freely to mankind because they were in need of a Savior. The emptiness and void that sin brings cannot be filled with anything this world has to offer. God gave the ultimate gift, His Son that we could be made completely whole. In order to have this peace and joy that we long for, we must know Jesus as our personal Savior.
 
Let us purpose in our hearts this Christmas, and all year long, that we will share this most precious gift with our fellowman. We know from our own personal relationship with God, until we receive Christ as our personal Savior, there is no joy, peace, or contentment in our lives. Our only real purpose of being here is to share the gift of love that God sent, so that all may know that joy this Christmas season and everyday of the year. My prayer for everyone is to have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year, and to be very thankful for the gift that was given. Let’s all give the gift that keeps on giving – Jesus!
 
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A Little Boy in Church
Copied & submitted by: Amy Hunt
 
A little boy in church today is a busy little lad.
He often tries the patience of his mother and his dad.
He fumbles in his pockets; he needs some gum to chew.
He whispers something funny---he's underneath the pew.
He draws a picture of his cat; it looks more like a bird.
The preacher preaches on and on; he hasn't heard a word.
But try one's patience as he will; he's lovable and dear.
He can't sit still for very long, but aren’t we glad he’s here?
 
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A Letter From Heaven
 Copied & submitted by: Jean Hunt
 
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
 
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
 
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."
 
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
 
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
 
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
 
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
 
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
Then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
Knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
 
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
 
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
Remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
~Author~
Ruth Ann Mahaffey
 
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Praise the Lord Anyhow!
Copied & submitted by: Alice Harrelson
 
Poor Uncle Ned went to sit down,
He grunted and grunted and , my, what a frown!
“What’s the matter?” asked Auntied, “Are you ailin?”
“Oh,” groaned Uncle Ned, “this old body’s failin.”
 
“Hurts my hands to open a door;
Got no teeth, and my gums are sore.
My legs cramp, and my eyes are red;
Can’t half hear, and no hair on my head.
 
Can’t see very well without my specs;
When I turn my head, it hurts my neck.
On my arm is a great big bruise;
Can hardly bend over to put on my shoes!
 
“Arthritis in my back, sinus in my nose,
Knots on my fingers and corns on my toes.
I’m skin and bones, with my cheeks sunk in;
When I close my mouth, my nose hits my chin.
 
“My legs ache, and my feet go to sleep.
When I move around, my joints creak.
I take cold at the slightest breeze;
Those lumps are not doorknobs; they’re my knees.
 
“Had about all the diseases you can name,
Everything connected with an ache or pain.
I drag my feet across the floor;
Besides all else, people say I snore.
 
“If there’s anything more I’m supposed to take,
It had better hit me quick – or ‘twill be too late!
But I’m not givin’ up – No-o-o-o, Ma’am!
I just thank the good Lord I’m as well as I am!”
~Author Unknown~
 
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The children were lined up in the cafeteria of an elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The teacher made a note, and posted it on the apple tray: “Take only ONE. God is watching.”

Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of cookies. A child had written a note and posted it at the cookies: “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”
 
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The Wait
Written & submitted by: Pat Lewallen 
 
Life brings joy and life brings pain.
I quickly learned this from the start.
I seek God’s comfort in the painful times. 
 The wait – that’s the hardest part.

I remember times away from my parents,
No matter how long or short the time apart,
I always looked forward to seeing them again!
The wait - that was the hardest part.

 Christmas was magical, making my wish list for Santa.
All the Christmas activities brought joy to my heart!
It seemed Christmas Day would never get here.
The wait – that was the hardest part.
 
I looked forward to finishing school,
A life on my own was the desire of my heart.
Oh, how slowly those years seemed to pass.
The wait - that was the hardest part.
 
As a teenager, I could hardly wait to drive the car.
It was exciting just to hear the engine start!
It seemed like forever until I reached sixteen.
The wait - that was the hardest part.
 
After finishing school, I looked for the day,
I’d meet the one with whom I could share my heart.
Several came by before God sent the one I was to marry.
The wait – that was the hardest part.
 
I remember the news; we’d be adding to our family,
A priceless gift sent to us from God’s loving heart!
Nine long months to meet each precious child.
The wait - that was the hardest part.
 
How often death has slipped in and broken life’s bonds,
It has separated us and keeps us worlds apart.
 I’m longing for that glad reunion day in Heaven!
The wait – that’s the hardest part.
 
One glorious day, I’ll claim my home in Heaven!
Oh what joy! Earthly pain and sorrow will leave my heart!
 I’ll join loved ones and friends in praise to our Savior!
The wait – it’s over! Never again will we part!
 
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+++ The Christian Banner - November 2009 +++
 
Congratulations.... Reverend Brian Hauk !!
 
We have a new pastor at Mountain View Independent Methodist Church. Reverend Brian Hauk was voted in by an overwhelming majority of members on Sunday, November 08, 2009. Brian had served as interim pastor for the past 6 months. We love and appreciate Brian and we pledge to back him with our support and our prayers. We look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for our church with Brian as our pastor. We thank the Lord for answering prayer and sending Brian to our church.

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The Battle Belongs to the Lord
Written by: Richard Lewallen
 
My prayers go out to the person who has just made the greatest decision in all of eternity, to repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. That person knows about the love of God. But what concerns me the most is they don’t know enough about Satan, the con artist of all eternity. The Bible tells us the Devil is as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. The roaring lion when seeking prey does not go after the strong and experienced game, but goes after the vulnerable, the weak and inexperienced for an easy meal. Satan’s battleground is often found in the young Christian’s mind. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV): “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” 
 
One of Satan’s tactics is to take on a good image. The Devil would have you believe he is looking out for your best interest. He wants you to believe God is trying to hold you back from some of the better things of life. The Devil would have you to believe that if you don’t follow him, you will be an odd ball without many friends. Satan wants you to believe that God is too strict or that God does not really mean what He says. Satan is no dummy, but he will make a dummy out of you if you listen to him long enough.
 
Satan’s goal is to disrupt the Christian’s life anyway he can! Who is more vulnerable than the young Christian? I remember starting out as a young Christian. I was ready to take the Devil on bare handed. I was ready to live on the mountaintop. Then I made the same mistake Eve did; I gave ear to the Devil. He questioned my salvation. Then I questioned it too. A non-stop mental argument began. The Devil played with my mind like a cat plays with a mouse. He took my little dab of faith and dissolved it. He took my hope and turned it into hopelessness. He turned my joy into fear and my assurance was turned into despair. I found out real quick that I was no match for the Devil!
 
But the good Lord took this negative experience and turned it into a positive one. I learned real quick the only way I could do battle with the Devil was on my knees before the Lord. I got my little dab of faith back by getting into God’s Word. I got my comfort back by tapping into the support of my church and Christian friends, and with much prayer. The good Lord allowed Satan a little time with me so I would understand that the battle belongs to the Lord.

 
The Gift of Love
Written by: Irene Wright
 
I may have not been blessed with fortune or fame, nor fine luxuries
But God gave to me a gift much greater than these.
No fancy wrap, no ribbons, or bows
Not even a card to show.
Sculptured by God’s own nail-scarred hands
Stitched with a truth that will always withstand.
Brightened with colors so vivid and pure
Made with materials that will always endure.
No need to trade, buy, or sell
It fits us all very well.
Shared by millions day after day
And bonds us together in a very special way.
More valuable than precious gold
Its’ beauty un-for-told!
Truly a gift sent from Heaven above,
A precious gift, the gift of love!

  
 LC Fran to Save the Day
Written by: Pat Lewallen
 
I remember growing up and watching “Mighty Mouse” cartoons on TV. This was one of my favorite cartoons. The cartoon’s theme song started out: “Here I come to save the day. That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way.” Mighty Mouse was always ready to help someone in distress. Mighty Mouse arrived at just the right time, took care of the problem, and saved the day!   
 
I’ve had many miserable days since the death of my son Brad. I’ve experienced days I thought I couldn’t make it through the day. I found myself in very deep despair about a month after Brad’s death. The reality that I would never see or hold my son again in this life brought me to my breaking point. The only thing I could do was cry. The more I cried, the more I needed to cry. I called a couple of friends and they tried their best to console me. I called Richard at work. He told me to drive to my Mom’s house and spend the day with her. 
 
I got the house locked up and stepped out on the front porch. There in the drive way was the newspaper. I picked it up, browsed the front page, and there was more depressing news. I went and sat in one of the rocking chairs on the porch and started crying again. All of a sudden, from out of nowhere, up walks our cat, L.C. Fran, and rubs up against my leg. Why did we name our cat L.C. Fran? It’s really quite simple. L.C. stands for “Lucky Cat”. “Fran” stands for Hurricane “Fran”, the hurricane that struck North Carolina in September 1996. A week after the storm, L.C. Fran, a grown cat, made her way to our house and adopted us. The cat is usually away from the house in the mornings doing whatever outdoor cats do. L.C. Fran can only see out of her right eye. She has been blind in her left eye since it was damaged years ago. L.C. Fran is now a very old, one-eyed cat.
 
This particular morning I needed a friend close beside me. I believe the Lord sent L.C. Fran to comfort me. She stayed right by me until I had slowed down crying. I noticed she was not leaving me by myself. She surprised me by jumping up into my lap. L.C. Fran has never been a lap cat and doesn’t like to be held. She began to lick my hand, something she had never done before. She then moved up as close to me as she could get. I rubbed her and felt her purr. I have never heard L.C. Fran purr. This day I found out she inwardly purrs, but outwardly her purring is silent. I then stopped crying and broke out in much needed laughter. I told L.C. Fran that she is really a weird cat because she can purr and not even make a sound! I told L.C. Fran that I loved her even with all her defects. I then told Jesus that I loved Him and thanked Him for loving me. I thanked Him for sending L.C. Fran to save the day for me. God answers prayers, sometimes in mysterious ways! 
 
1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV)
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

 A woman was asked by a coworker, "What is it like to be a Christian?"
 
The coworker replied, “It is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”
 

 
 Some Thoughts about Thanksgiving
Written by: Lela Farlow Trotter
 
In the fall of 1989 I took a tour of the New England States. One of the places we visited was Plymouth, Massachusetts. This is where the pilgrims landed on the Mayflower. I took pictures and gave a copy of the “Rock” to the Sunday school class I was teaching. I thought they would enjoy it when they studied about it in school. But as important as that event was, the most important thing I hope they remember, is being taught that everyday is Thanksgiving. I tried to teach all the classes in the forty-four years and two months I taught, that they should be thankful everyday.
 
Be Thankful
Copied & submitted by: Lela Farlow Trotter
 
When you ask God in the morning
For His guidance through the day,
Thank Him for the many blessings
He in love has sent your way!
 
When you’re asking aid from Heaven
Mingle with your morning prayer,
A word of praise and gratitude
For all His kindly care.
 
When you send up your petition
To the throne of grace on high,
Thank Him for the many favors
That His mercy does supply.
 
Be more mindful of the blessings
That His kindness does impart.
And the Lord will doubly bless you
For the joy you brought His heart.
 

 
A man trying to understand God asked Him, "God, how long is a million years to you?"
God answered, "A million years is like a minute."
Then the man asked, "God, how much is a million dollars to you?"
And God replied, "A million dollars is like a penny."
Finally, the man asked, "God, could you give me a penny?"
And God said, "In a minute."
 

 Heaven's Grocery Store
Copied & submitted by: Clarence Harrelson
 
I was walking down life's highway a long time ago.
One day I saw a sign that read:Heaven's Grocery Store.”
As I got a little closer, the door came open wide,
And when I came to myself, I was standing inside.

I saw a host of angels; they were standing everywhere.
One handed me a basket and said: "My child, shop with care".
Everything a Christian needed was in that Grocery Store,
And all you couldn't carry, you could come back for more.
 
First, I got some Patience, Love was in the same row.
Further down was Understanding, you need that everywhere you go.
I got a box or two of Wisdom, a bag or two of Faith;
I just couldn't miss the Holy Ghost, for it was all over the place.

I stopped to get some Strength and Courage to help me run this race,
By then my basket was getting full, but I remembered I needed some Grace.
I didn't forget Salvation, for SALVATION WAS FREE;
So I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me.

Then I started up to the counter to pay my grocery bill,
For I thought I had everything with which to do my Master's will.
As I went down the aisle, I saw Prayer, so I had to put that in.
For I knew that when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.

Peace and Joy were plentiful; they were on the last shelf.
Song and Praises were hanging near, so I just helped myself.
Then I said to the Angel: "Now, how much do I owe?"
He just smiled and said: "Just take them everywhere you go."
Again, I smiled at him and said: "How much do I really owe?"
He smiled again and said: 
"MY CHILD, JESUS PAID YOUR BILL A LONG TIME AGO."
~ Author Unknown ~
 

 
+++ The Christian Banner - October 2009 +++
 
Seeds Of Opportunity
Written by: Todd McLeod
 
Question:  Did you realize that each one of us sow seeds each and everyday?
                  
We sow seeds in our marriage.
We sow seeds in our families.
We sow seeds in our Christian walk with GOD.
We sow seeds in Mt. View Church. 
(We’re either sowing good seeds or we’re sowing bad seeds.)
 
Strong marriages, strong families, strong Christians = Strong Mt. View Church.
 
Galatians 6: 7-10 (KJV)
7. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto ALL men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
                                    
Verse 10 states that we have an “Opportunity”.
 
Question: What are you and I doing with this Opportunity God has given to us?
 
 **The FUTURE of Mt. View DEPENDS on the VISION and ACTIONS of each of its members.
A church without a VISION will eventually FAIL!!!
(Just look at the number of churches that without the conference’s help would be forced to shut down)
 
Today, we have a golden “Opportunity” to make a real difference in the lives of our families and the lives of people out in this COMMUNITY!!!
  
Today, we serve a GOD that is REAL!!
We serve a GOD that still performs MIRACLES each and every day!!
We still believe that PRAYER still works!!
 
Question: Did you realize that each one of us is sowing seeds for FUTURE generations here at Mt. View? 
 
Do you realize what a great RESPONSIBILITY God has given to you and me? 
Your kids and grandkids are counting on you and me to help insure Mt. View Church will be there for them!! 
We ALL must be willing to get to the next level!! 
It’s going to take a GROUP of dedicated Christians who are “sold out” and “dedicated” to go the extra mile to make this a reality!!
We ALL must be willing to get out of our COMFORT ZONES!!
 
**Each person Represents the FOUNDATION for MT VIEW’s FUTURE!! 
One day, we will ALL be judged on what we did with this “Opportunity” and the SEEDS that we SOWED

 
Victory Junction Camp
Written by: Ashley Hogan
 
Victory Junction Camp is a camp where sick kids can go, and on certain days their family can go with them to have fun. If you went one time to this place you would think, “WOW, I wish I could live here!” But if you only knew what these kids really go through. Sure, they have fun while they are there. They never know when it could end for them or when they are going to have to fight for their life.
 
Victory Junction has enriched the lives of more than 11,000 children and families since opening in 2004 and has welcomed children from 47 states and three countries. Victory Junction also serves 24 chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses such as, but not limited to, Autism, Cancer, Craniofacial Anomalies, Diabetes, Hemophilia, Sickle Cell and Spina Bifida. For a full list, please visit www.victoryjunction.org.
 
You kind of think about these kids when you go around complaining about a little toothache or when you stump your toe. You know that you can get rid of that, but think about these children that have cancer. They have to face chemotherapy and have to fight to be alive. We never think about this until you meet one of these children or have experienced it yourself. Please pray for these children!!!
 
 

 
 Evolution Humor
Copied Article
 
A little girl asked her father: “How did the human race appear?”The father answered, “Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.”
 
Two days later the girl asked her mother the same question. The mother answered, “God made Adam and Eve; they had children; and so was all mankind made.”
 
The confused girl said to her mother, “How is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and dad said they developed from monkeys?”
 
The mother answered, “Well Dear, it is very simple. Your father told you about his side of the family and I told you about mine!"
 
 
 

 
My Life Will Never be the Same
Written by: Pat Lewallen
 
A child should not die before the parent.
This saying is so true, I must proclaim.
I hear your name. I see your face.
I feel such intense and hurtful pain.
No one said it would be easy.
My life will never be the same.

Oh, how I long to see my child again.
I long to hear my child call my name.    
I see your face. I recall your voice.
It’s one way your presence I try to reclaim.
No one said it would be easy.
My life will never be the same.
 
My heart has been so badly broken.
It hurts so deep within my frame.
If only I could hold you once again.
It would surely ease my pain.
No one said it would be easy.
My life will never be the same.
 
In Jesus I find the strength for living.
His promise to never leave me, daily I claim.
I look forward to my eternal home in Heaven.  
There, my child’s presence, I shall reclaim.
All earthly pain and sorrow will be forgotten.
Thanks to Jesus, my life will never be the same!
 

 
“Because of what Jesus did for you, you can have your sins forgiven.”
Submitted by: Ashley Hogan
 
A –dmit that you’re a sinner and cannot save yourself.
B -elieve that Jesus died on the cross and was buried and rose again on the third day.
C -hoose to receive the Lord Jesus as your Savior, knowing He will forgive your sins and make you his child.
 

 
Don't Doesn't Mean You Can't
Written by: Pat Lewallen
 
Richard and I took his sister Cathy with us one evening to visit Brad’s grave. We all made comments about Brad and about how much we all miss him. Richard made the comment that he didn’t know how much he really loved Brad until after Brad’s death. 
 
We then talked about growing up as kids in our homes. Cathy said she didn’t remember hearing “I love you” being told from one family member to another. Cathy made the comment that they all knew they loved each other but never told each other. I told Cathy that was the way I remember being raised too. We loved each other but we didn’t verbally tell each other.
 
I remember the last time my son called and talked with me. Brad told me about what had happened that day. Of course, he was bubbling with joy about his upcoming wedding to Jill. Brad and I always made it a habit to tell each other “I love you” before we ended our conversation. This last conversation was no different either. Before Brad hung up the phone, he said, “I love you!” and, as usual, I replied right back to him, “And I love you too!”  
 
Maybe you don’t tell your family members you love them. Well, just because you don’t, doesn’t mean you can’t. Please let those you love know you love them. Don’t assume they know it. I remember Pastor Bud Frye, saying in a sermon one time, that someone overheard an elderly man weeping over his elderly wife at her coffin. The elderly man began to tell his wife how lonely he was, how much he missed her, and how pretty she looked. Then he made this statement, “I really loved you and I almost told you once!” Sadly, he had waited too late on this earth to tell his wife that he loved her.
 
Don’t be cheated out of giving one of the greatest gifts you can give to your family members. Just because you don’t, doesn’t mean you can’t start telling them you love them today. Men this applies to you too! I know you think you are supposed to be strong and tough, but we all want to hear the most cherished phrase: “I love you!” Don’t wait to start doing this either. You never know when you will have talked to your loved one for the last time on this earth. Cathy has been accustomed to telling all her family members she loves them. It has been a custom in our family too, and I’m so glad it has!
 
If you don’t know the love of Jesus in your heart, it doesn’t mean you can’t. This is something else you don’t need to put off. Do it today! The plan of salvation is so simple. All you have to do is ask the Lord to forgive you of your sins, ask Him to come into your heart to stay, and then promise to live for Him. Find you a good gospel believing church and attend church regularly. Church attendance is needed to help you keep the commitment you have made to the Lord. Be sure to tell the Lord every day, “Thank you Jesus for saving me. I love you!”
 
I look forward to the day I’ll meet my son Brad again in Heaven. I will tell him “I love you so much Brad!” and, of course, he will reply right back to me “and I love you so much too, Mom!” I also look forward to seeing my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know He loves me because He died on a cross, shed His innocent blood to cover my sins, to give me a home in Heaven. I look forward one day to tell Jesus, “ And I love you so much too, Jesus!”
 
 

 
A Prayer for the Middle Age
In Memory of my Mother
Edna Cathyrn Callicutt Farlow
(12/29/27 – 10/27/83 (55 years old))
This article was copied by my Mother.
Submitted by: Lela Farlow Trotter 
 
Lord, thou knoweth better than I would know myself that I am growing older and that some day I shall be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must
say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all. But thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.
 
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details. Give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace to enjoy the tales of others’ pain, but help me to endure them with patience, growing humility and a lesson of sureness.
 
When my memory seems to clash with the memories of others, teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not want to be a saint -- some of them are so hard to live with -- but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected people. And give me, Lord, the Grace to tell them so. Amen.

 
This is an article that Jill, Brad’s fiancée, wrote in remembrance of him. They were to be married October 24, 2009. Please remember both the Lewallen and the Hinz families in your prayers. We ask the Lord to surround both families with His comforting love, and to bring healing to our broken hearts.
 
Because Of You
For Brad Lewallen, my angel and one true love
Written by: Jill Hinz

Because of you I learned what love truly is. I never knew it was possible to be able to open my heart so wide. Because of you I learned to trust again. You taught me how to live and to laugh. Because of you I found peace in my soul. You brought me closer to God than I ever thought possible. Because of you I know what a true act of kindness means, without looking for thanks, or praise, or anything in return. Because of you I feel more loved and wanted than most get the chance to feel in a lifetime. Because of you and your unconditional love, I know the type of person I want to be.
 
Because of you I have felt true pain, true loss, and true heartbreak. Because of you I know the sound of an aching heart, but because of you I know there is a better place that you are in. Because of you it’s a place I hope to see you again someday. Because of you I know you are walking in the true footprints of God. Because of you I know that I am loved. And because of you I know I have a smiling, singing angel on my shoulder for every beat of my heart. Because of you I am a better person who knows love.
 

 
Autumn
Written by: Irene Wright
 
A chill is in the air
Trees beginning to be bare
Leaves rustling on the ground
Soon a kind of silence will be found.
Summer puts away her clothing of green
As autumns’ coat of many colors can be seen.
As summer nights yawns
Autumn awakens to a later dawn
Sleepy from a yearly nap
She smiles and quickly begins to adapt.
The world has seemed to be rearranged
But autumn seems to take it with a salt of grain.
Autumn stands in awe
As the leaves begin to fall
And in sweet release
Wonders how God paints such a masterpiece!