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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Lehigh Canal lockmaster's house
A Lehigh Canal lockmaster's house near Freemansburg PA built in 1829.
Remnants of the canal lock can be seen in the foreground.
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"Don't Let The Rocks Cry Out!"

Message summary: Let's not let any rock take our place in praising the Lord!

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"When He (Christ) came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!' Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!' 'I tell you,' He replied, 'if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out. (Luke 19:37-40).

Pat at Ringing Rocks ParkThis last Saturday we rode our bikes 24 miles down along the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers (including side excursions); first on the Canal Towpath on the Lehigh River and then along the Canal Towpath on the Delaware River. Following the rivers downstream we had a generally downhill ride. My brother Pat took us to our starting point in Bethlehem in the morning and then picked us up in the afternoon in Riegelsville. You can have fun even in your senior years we've already learned.

It was a very hot day and we were very tired when Pat picked us up but we wanted to go over to Ringing Rocks Park in Bucks County where it seems everyone goes in carrying a hammer, since the rocks ring when you strike them. It's an unusual sight and sound as you look out upon the seven acre boulder field and see people of all ages banging on the rocks with a hammer!

Ringing Rocks County Park, Bucks County, PAThe rocks produce different tones and some have played a musical tune by hitting the rocks. In June, 1890 Dr. J.J. Ott collected enough rocks with different pitches to play some tunes accompanied by the Pleasant Valley Band. It was, perhaps, the first ever literal rock concert!  We heard one version of what sounded like "Hear The Bells Ringing" made famous by the 2nd Chapter Of Acts when we searched for the music with ringing rocks on the web.

Today's Scripture text is from a portion of the Bible dealing with the Triumphal Entry. "When He (Christ) came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!' For those of us who follow the Lord it's a beautiful sound to hear such praises to the Lord!

But some of the Pharisees, the angry and jealous ones, demanded that they be silenced and rebuked, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" 

But Jesus made a powerful observation, "I tell you," He replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."

We are created to praise the Lord. We recall a song we learned many years ago taught to us by Steve Moore, a musician who would periodically visit our church in northern Pennsylvania. The recurring line was, "Ain't no rock gonna cry out in my place!" based on the daily Scripture verse. God's Word makes it abundantly clear that He desires His people to praise Him.

Hebrews 13:15 states, "Through Him [Jesus] then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name".

The call to praise includes:
  • Everyone: "Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD" (Psalm 150:6).
  • Everywhere: "From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised" (Psalm 113:3).
  • All the time: "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth" (Psalm 34:1).
That's you and me today. Don't let any rock take your place in praising the Lord!

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Jesus, I want to praise You, my great Redeemer, for who You are and for Your acts of kindness seen so many times throughout my day. The rocks won't cry out in my place because I never want to cease praising You because You never cease to work on my behalf. Your mercy and love, Your strength and comfort, Your sustaining power and guiding hand are only a tiny fraction of the many reasons that lead me to praise You. Instead of a murmuring and ungrateful attitude, I want to join with the multitude of believers and sing of my great Redeemer's praise to everyone, everywhere, all the time. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Hear The Bells Ringing"  Video  2nd Chapter Of Acts (I found the "Hear The Bells Ringing" ringing rocks version on the road on my phone but couldn't find it again when I got home!)

"Ain't No Rock"  Video  Chris Christian

"Ain't Gonna Let No Rock"  Video  Ron Kenoly

Ringing rocks  (Wikipedia article)

The Sonorous Rocks of Ringing Rocks County Park  short video

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on the Ringing Rocks  Video

More photos from our weekend where we biked in four Pennsylvania counties.

Chain dam on Lehigh River
The Chain Dam on the Lehigh River was built in the 1970's and is named for a chain bridge used to ferry canal boats from one side of the river to the other. See here. In the foreground is a fish ladder. You can see a lockmaster's house on the other side.
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Lehigh River chain dam
Another view of the chain dam from the other side. Stephen's brother, Pat, and his wife, Laverne, live about 1/4 mile up from this point on the other side.
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Lehigh canal boat
Lehigh Canal boat at the National Canal Museum
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Delaware Canal lock
Delaware Canal lock
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Delaware canal spillway
Delaware Canal Spillway
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Finally today: We have another memory of inanimate praise.

"The Case of The Praising Computer"

Dottie was our mixed breed barn cat we had from her birth on May 15, 2001 till she died in January 2019. We know her precise birthday since she was born to a wild barn cat in the dilapidated summer kitchen of our rented farm house three months after we moved from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania. Ester picked her favorite from the litter of four.

Dottie had no idea of her humble beginnings and acted pretty sophisticated. Due to her insistence on scratching furniture over the years we relocated her to our utility barn or she also roamed around in our yard but never much farther.

But we occasionally let her come in and she liked to lay near us when we did our work on the computer. Brooksyne had an interesting experience she shares in her own words:

I was typing out the words to some older choruses that I was going to lead our congregation in singing. They included the songs, "Oh, How He Loves You and Me", "He Is Lord", and "Hallelujah, Hallelujah."

Right after I typed these songs along came Dottie sauntering across my desk. Instead of sitting beside the computer she decided to plop down right on my keyboard. Several random letters came across the screen. All of a sudden a stilted, emotionless voice came out of the computer speaker which initially startled me. I turned up the volume only to hear the words of the choruses I just typed!

Apparently Dottie launched a function I didn't even know existed on our computer and it converted the text to voice. Though it was a rather monotone voice, hearing the words of the songs brought them to life in my heart.  By the time the computer generated voice broke into the chorus of "Hallelujah, Hallelujah" and repeated it eight times, strangely enough, I found myself beginning to praise God!

I called Stephen to join me so I could share with him about my unusual experience. We were both rather blessed but we also considered a spiritual application that we might render this way, "If you keep quiet, the computer will cry out".

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