Adam, where art thou?

In the course of my 68 years, given my name, I heard this question literally countless times. At one stage of my life, it became wearisome and an obnoxious nuisance to me. Whenever it was said one more time, I retorted with a sarcastic comeback: The Bible DOESN’T EVEN SAY THAT! Often the reply was Oh… it doesn’t… so what does it say? With I smug feeling, I viewed myself “in the driver seat” now…

So, what does it say? And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? Genisis3:9 No mention that he used his name. Some wouldn’t believe me until they checked their bible. After some time, I became aware that the resentment in me was childish resentment. I still often point it out, but I have endeavored to be childlike.

It actually became inspirational to me when I considered that God was not “hunting” for Adam. He would have known his exact physical location. He wanted Adam to understand where Adam was… Not his physical location, but his fallen state. When he asked Adam, have you eaten of the forbidden fruit, God already knew he did.

Likewise, one day, God came through my life-garden and called unto me and said, where art thou? He asked, have you eaten of the forbidden fruit. Indeed, I had. I had strayed far from the teenage “born again” experience in 12 years. Blessed be the name of Jesus, repentance is the door to the mercy and grace that forgave me “on the spot”. That was 43 years ago. Since then, I have often been found in error, and few times seriously, but he has ALWAYS been faithful in drawing me back. I have no other intention but to fight the good fight and finish my course. (The good fight… NOT fighting good)

Having heard many testimonies of others I am persuaded that my “hiding in the garden” experience is common to man. Have you heard the call? Were/are you listening?

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Billy Graham 1991

In 1991 our Russian friends asked us to escort them to a Billy Graham event in New York City. They admired him because he had come to preach in the, then communist Russia. They were not comfortable that they could navigate to the Central Park event, hence the request that we would take them. Can’t say I wanted to be there for the Billy Graham event, but I had this long-term quirk itch to be present in a mega-group of people. I had my day! The crowd was estimated at 250,000 that day. The above photo is an actual aerial view of that day. There are many more people under the trees and off the photo area. The mayor of NY at that time had the opening. Billy Graham spoke a “politically” infused sermon. After him Nicky Cruze (Run Baby Run) shared his story in brief. After he spoke a lady whom I had never heard of spoke. She said she had almost nothing in common with Nicky. She had loving parents who cared for her physically, psychologically and spiritually… BUT… she added; I had one thing in common with Nicky; I was LOST… and needed a savior! I think she preached the best message. The highlight of the day (for me) was when that whole group sang “Amazing Grace”. The music filled the very air, floating among the trees and sort of coming from nowhere, but everywhere. I don’t know how to better describe it. I thought: If this is just an earthly taste of heaven… I want to be there when they, or rather we, sing the song of Moses & the lamb. Will you meet me there?

Our Russian friends expressed disappointment in Graham. He speak big about politics, and little about God was their comment.

Tolerance in reverse

Tolerance in the extroverted aspect fosters peace & friendship. Tolerance in the introverted aspect is counter-productive. Our society is getting it progressively the wrong way.  Marches, protests and political bills, by an array of minority groups, for diverse causes are often demanding tolerance from the much larger mainstream USA. Is this not a paradox? Tolerance is NOT something we “bill” others for. In accounting terms, it is accounts payable, not accounts receivable. Incoming tolerance goes under the “donations” account.

All is not lost. I am a born again Christian, Mennonite in particular. To general society, my choices of lifestyle are prone to be viewed as peculiar. Most of society around me respects that. I consider that tolerance a gift, not an entitlement.  Some claim “commons sense” is extinct. Disagree! It is everywhere. 98% of us don’t drive on the wrong side of the road. If the other 2% do, we ask…whatever happened to “common sense”. This letter is meant make us aware of the good that remains. Generally, when a business is failing the first move for reviving it is to evaluate “what is left”. There is a lot left….  Let’s build it up.

Adam Weaver, Fleetwood PA

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The poor little heart!

During the course of an average lifetime, your heart may beat more than two and a half billion times. The average heart beats per minute is 72, with an average lifespan today–75 years, your heart beats 4,320 times per hour, 103,680 times a day, 37,843,200 times a year, and 2,838,240,000 times a lifetime on average. 

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Excruciating

Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin excruciat- ‘tormented’, from the verb excruciare (based on cruxcruc- ‘a cross’).

excruciate (v.)

“to torture, torment, inflict very severe pain on,” as if by crucifying, 1560s, from Latin excruciatus, past participle of excruciare “to torture, torment, rack, plague;” figuratively “to afflict, harass, vex, torment,” from ex “out, out from; thoroughly” (see ex-) + cruciare “cause pain or anguish to,” literally “crucify,” from crux (genitive crucis) “a cross”

Origin

Waiting

Ahhh… Patience…The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. (From Marrian-Webster) Most people wish for more. Someone has said; The trouble with patience is, you have to wait. And I have discovered that it can only be done at one speed. We often experience impatience when forced to wait. Especially is a traffic jams or waiting lines. It is a challenge to idle the engine when you feel like stripping the gears. If that does not work, shut off the engine. This is very difficult at times. Often, we are challenged when forced to wait when a deadline is not even the issue. Surrender is the answer. James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. The blessing is not in the temptation…. It is in the endurance.

Essential Meaning of patience; From Mirriam-Websters

1: the ability to wait for a long time without becoming annoyed or upset. I don’t have the patience to wait in line for hours just to buy a ticket. Investors need to have patience. The economy will improve soon.

2: the ability to remain calm and not become annoyed when dealing with problems or with difficult people. She treated her students with great patience and humor. I don’t have (much) patience for that kind of behavior. I have little/no patience for that kind of behavior. I am not willing to accept that kind of behavior

3: the ability to give attention to something for a long time without becoming bored or losing interest

Serenity Prayer (Original Full Version)

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, so that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen