Milestones

Written by cycleguy on September 1st, 2017

We all like milestones in our lives. We all have them. They “mark” us.

I am relishing several of them right now.

Milestone #1: I went for a 10 mile bike ride yesterday. First one in about two months. It has been almost 6 weeks since my back surgery. I quit a few weeks before that because it simply hurt too much. I hit one bump too many which convinced me that getting off and staying off the bike for awhile was the best thing. So even though 10 miles doesn’t seem like a lot…my legs tell me differently. 🙂

Milestone #2: I looked before I started this post. I have hit the 2600 mark of blogs published. My first one was 2/20/08. Little did I realize I would be at it this long. I have seen so many come and go. I’m glad for each and everyone who “graced” my comments page with their response.

Milestone #3: I preach my last sermon in the current series on Grace this Sunday. I started the series on June 25th and with the exception of one week (last week) preached a sermon on Grace. We talked about anger, grace, bitterness, grace, forgiveness, grace, pain, grace, and a whole host of other topics, all with the focus on grace. This week I close the series with a sermon from Romans 8: 26-39 and John 11 entitled God is Still Good. We have all had those crushing times when we have wondered about God’s goodness. We’ve struggled with our faith. We’ve struggled with seeing the purpose behind what is happening. God’s Word gives us the truth that in spite of all that happens…and is happening…God is still good. Romans 8 reaffirms that. John 11 shows Jesus taking an ugly situation and making it good.

Given the current Harvey situation in Houston it is hard to understand. It is hard to see. I have a friend who is dying of cancer and will probably pass any day. I have someone else close who has been diagnosed with cancer.  As a pastor, I see heartbreaking events almost every day. Sometimes I honestly don’t know how to answer the questions which come. But I have to lean on the promise given in the two Scriptures I sighted.

Prayers are appreciated for this weekend. And, of course, pray for all those affected by Harvey.

 

6 Comments so far ↓

  1. floyd says:

    Glad to hear you’re back in the saddle. And you’ve been at this blogging thing for a long time! I don’t remember how we hooked up, but I’m sure glad we did. My life has been blessed by having you in it.

    Praying for the flood victims and for you.

  2. Wow, Bill, 2600 posts??? That’s amazing! Not sure how many I’ve racked up since I started. Might be a neat thing to check out.
    Yes, prayers for you and for all those affected by Harvey and the flooding. Glad President Trump has made Sunday a national day of prayer for those in Texas and Louisiana.
    Blessings!

    • Jeff says:

      It seems to me the day of prayer should have been before the storm hit. If your God didn’t care about lives and people then he probably doesn’t give a …. now.

      • cycleguy says:

        Jeff: just because we pray and just because God can do what He wants when He wants, that is no guarantee our lives will be trouble-free. To make the insinuation you make about God not caring puts you in the same camp as those hucksters you despise on TV…making promises of peace and prosperity. Their only difference is they ask for money. God does care about the lives of the people just as He does you and me. We were never promised a problem-free life but we were promised strength to make it through. The spontaneous worship which broke out in one of the shelters is proof positive of God still working.

    • cycleguy says:

      I was surprised Martha how many posts I had made. We will make a concerted effort tomorrow to pray for those affected by the flooding.

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