Love Stinks: Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys

“Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”
Sunday, May 12, 2013 (Mother’s Day) Pastor Jerry Godsey
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Glasses and the Past

20130813-112420.jpgWhen I was in third grade it became increasingly difficult to see the chalkboard at school. My mom made me an eye doctor appointment, and within a couple of weeks I had my first pair of eyeglasses.

I wore glasses all the way into adulthood. I tried contact lenses, but my astigmatism made them difficult to wear. Dr. Barniske told me that my eyes were shaped like footballs. I thought that was kind of cool, but it did make contacts hard to wear. Continue reading Glasses and the Past

Saying Goodbye To Gary

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My wife’s brother passed away last week. Gary was a great guy, a former pastor, a coal miner who survived a cave-in, a father, husband and grandfather. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

Gary had been sick for a long time, so when he passed, it was hard to feel bad for him. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the moment after Gary drew his last breath on earth he took a deep breath of the rarified air of heaven. He went from a hospital bed that he couldn’t get out of to running and jumping on streets of gold. Why would I feel bad for him? He should feel bad for me being stuck here on earth! Continue reading Saying Goodbye To Gary

Walking Away

walking away textLanette and I have been married for over thirty years. That’s a long time. In fact, we’ve been alive together longer than we’ve been alive without each other. We have been through a lot with each other. There has been a lot of pain, laughter, sorrow and happiness. She has been by my side through some really dark times. My life would not be the same without her. She is truly the greatest gift I have ever received.

So, of course, I am going to just walk away from her. Oh, I will do it over time, not all at once. I’ll begin by not talking to her as often. I will keep things to myself, enjoying life. I will still talk to her in times of crisis, or when I need her, but I will talk to her less and less, then not at all. Continue reading Walking Away

Forgiveness

Give-ForgivenessHave you ever prayed the Lord’s Prayer? Most people have, or at least have heard it. Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 6:9-13, “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.” Continue reading Forgiveness