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Prayers and Answers

This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak at a get-together of my parents’ Sunday School class. We met at the Williamsburg Lodge for lots of food. Buffet style fixins’.

My Dad introduced me and then half-scared them by saying that he had asked me to keep it shorter than an hour and a half. So, I eased concerns by telling them about speaking advice that I learned long ago. A good speech includes an attention-grabbing beginning and a stirring conclusion. But most importantly, the beginning and ending should be close together!

As part of my talk, I mentioned the importance of prayer. I didn’t get to work the following story into my talk, but it does remind, that maybe we don’t always want our prayers answered the way we want them answered!

An Old preacher decided that he needed a break from it all and thought that he would be better served by skipping Sunday services and instead spend the day hiking in the wilderness. When he rounded a sharp bend in the trail, he collided with a huge bear and he went tumbling down a steep hill. He landed on a rock and broke both legs.
The ferocious bear looked down and began charging at him down the steep grade. In fear, the preacher began to pray, “O Lord, I’m so sorry for skipping services today. Please forgive me and grant me just one wish—make a Christian out of that bear that’s coming at me!”

At that very instant, the bear skidded to a halt, fell to his knees, clasped his paws together, and began to pray aloud at the preacher’s feet: “Dear God, please bless this food that I am about to receive.


And for our Monday/Halloween pic o’ day:


All in the Prep

I have been hearing a lot about the healthy eating of Whole30. And I am all in. I mean, how can I argue with a program that suggests that I can order and eat 30 items at each meal and then feel better. That’s the program… right?

Speaking of diets and eating, what do you think of the new Cheetos Chicken Fries at Burger King? Now that’s some fixins! I wonder how they prepare those golden healthy treats?

So, since I am obviously focused on food, I need to either make a turn here or keep this food train going. By the way, I wonder what is in that amazing recipe for Cheetos Chicken Fries that make them so healthy and amazing. Do they qualify for Whole30 if there are 30 fries in a container?

Speaking of preparation since recipe means food preparation, I now know what this blog is going to be about. That way, the blog won’t seem so random after all. Like playing Marco Polo with Marco Polo!

Beethoven had a special way to get his creativity prepared. He would pour cold water over his head to stimulate his brain, before sitting down to compose. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it as to why I am rambling. Must dodge the dripping cold water as I continue to type.

Which leads me to a story from this past weekend. I saw Tim Kaine speak this past weekend. At the conclusion of his speech, he paused for questions.

One lady asked whether Senator Kaine had begun to prepare for his upcoming Vice Presidential debate. He smiled and then told the story of his debate preparation when he was running for Governor of Virginia.

Senator Mark Warner’s current chief of staff, David Hallock, at that time was working on the Kaine campaign. So, he played the part of Kaine’s competition in preparation for the debate between the candidates running for Governor.

Kaine went on to relay that during the practice round for the debate, Hallock was literally destroying him. Every question brought an incredible answer.

Finally, Kaine said to him, “You are destroying me in this debate. Almost like you know all the questions.” Hallock looked at him with a grin and said, “I do know all the questions!”.

It’s all in the preparation!

And for pic o’ day…


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