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HELLO FRIENDS: 10.09.14 – SMELL THE ROSES

Hello Friends,

You may have heard Pastor John explain this past weekend about the decision to remove the leased Office modular that we have been occupying. As a result, my office workspace was relocated to one of the classrooms upstairs in the main church building.

Last week I looked out the window of the new office and happened to notice a young man walking a dog on a leash along with a 4-5 year old girl that was pushing her scooter about twenty yards ahead of the man. The man was intensely focusing on his smartphone and stopped to allow the dog do some business. The girl stepped off her scooter and walked into the vacant dirt lot where she picked some yellow flowers that bloomed amidst the weeds. The man never looked up. It appeared that he was her father. After picking a few flowers the girl hid them behind her back and pushed the scooter back toward the man.

Having two daughters I imagined one of them doing just such a thing and what my response would be. I found myself anticipating the delivery by the young admirer.  As she arrived the girl pulled the flowers from behind her back and offered them up to the man who was still focused on the phone completely oblivious to what had happened. He reached out with one hand took the flowers, turned and placed them on the ground next to the sidewalk and then walked away as he continued to stare at his phone. Not a gesture, not a hug and no words. He missed a huge opportunity.

It may be cliche but sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses. We need to take time from our busy schedule to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of life.  Nothing is more beautiful than the tender relationships that we have with our children and families.

In Matthew Chapter 19 we read of a time when the disciples rebuked others who brought children to Jesus to be prayed for. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Jesus took time to minister to the children and He takes time to minister to you and me.

Jesus is never too busy or preoccupied when we approach Him; especially when our gift is a humble and yielding heart.

Grace and peace,

Dan

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