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Friday, October 12, 2018
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"Out Of The Miry Clay"
Message summary: Today, we share a literal experience of being delivered out of the miry clay, but for all of us it can be our testimony spiritually!
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"He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings" (Psalm 40:2).
This weekend I will have another birthday milestone, another year under my belt (or suspenders in my case). I am glad I've learned a lot through life and have been protected and/or delivered from more than a few stupid things I have done, particularly in my youth. One would like to think there comes a point in life when you just stop doing stupid things but I am not there yet as evidenced by a potentially serious mishap I had on Sunday afternoon.
After lunch Brooksyne and Ester stayed at the restaurant to visit with a friend. I decided to get back on a rail trail and rode over to Lewes Delaware, a quaint, colonial era town that bills itself as the first town in the first state. The area was first discovered by Henry Hudson on a voyage into Delaware Bay in August 1609, and first settled by the Dutch in 1631. It has an excellent harbor and remains home to a large fleet of fishing boats.
When I got there I was just too tired to ride the bike all the way back to Rehoboth Beach so I waited for Brooksyne to come and pick me up with our van. I just kind of poked around on the bike and saw a boat launch leading down to the harbor. It was low tide so I thought I would just ride down the ramp to the water and turn around, not paying any attention to the dark color on the ramp.
As soon as I hit the dark color I lost control and spun out, losing complete control of the bike. I managed to spread eagle as I fell but still had no control as my legs kept spreading farther out since it was so slippery. Those of you with a nautical sense realize what I had done. The dark color on the ramp was very wet, slimy mud from where the water had been at high tide a short time earlier!
Amazingly (and thankfully) I regained control before going down in the muck completely. I carefully extricated myself from the mess and worked my way off the ramp back to dry ground.
I was sure glad to be back on firm ground although my shoes and bike were a muddy mess. I sat on a bench as I caught my breath and mused over my stupidity as I considered how serious of trouble I could have been in. It was a steep ramp leading down to the water and I realize I could have fallen really hard or just slid into the water which would have gotten deep very fast. I think I could have swam out but my bike would have been deep in the harbor!
As I waited for Brooksyne an old gospel song came to mind which I haven't heard in years based on the daily text:
He brought me out of the miry clay,
He set my feet on the Rock to stay;
He put a song in my soul today,
A song of praise, hallelujah!
For me, at that moment, it was quite literal but for all of us it can be our testimony!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Today we will share our final set of photos from our visit this last weekend to coastal Delaware, today from Lewes.
The scenic Lewes Harbor
The boat ramp on which I went down was just to the right of this but I didn't have the presence of mind to take a photo!
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A restored lifeboat in Lewes
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Cannonball House in Lewes.
Can you see the cannonball in the brick on the lower right?
For the geographically inquisitive here is the region in Delaware where we stayed last weekend. (Google map)
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"He Brought Me Out Of The Miry Clay" Video The style here takes us back to our Bible School days and the way church was in the seventies. In addition this is a church in Arkansas with a real southern gospel approach. We dedicate this to our Arkansas preacher friend, Tommy Carpenter, whom we would imagine has been to this church!
"Rescuer" Video Rend Collective
Yesterday we stopped by to see another Val-Co team serving the community at Blessings Of Hope, a ministry that is essentially a food bank to food banks. This team is demonstrative of the various people we work with as chaplains and apart from just two long-time Lancaster County natives in the photo we have South African, Puerto Rican, Vietnamese, Moldovian and Dominican Republic. They are shown holding candy they had just bagged from a huge bin donated by a major candy maker. Aaron Fisher, the founder of Blessings Of Hope, is behind Brooksyne. What a blessing to see these folks get along and work together for a good cause!
Yesterday at Blessings Of Hope we also visited Wilmon, a driver for the Bowery Mission in NYC. Wilmon has a wonderful conversion testimony from 2008 and now works for the mission. The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879, when its neighborhood came to define the term "skid row." Video
After six visits to company locations yesterday we stopped in at Costco on the way home and were blessed to see Yelena with her two sons. We regularly visited Yelena when she worked for Val-Co before she and her husband Peter welcomed their two sons into the world.
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