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God’s gems / June 04, 2009
Dear Viewpoint:

Out Among God’s Gems - Scene 1: Two of my special friends have had a hard time of it lately. They have always been my “cheerleaders” always they say kind words and encouraging things to spur me on my journey. One is always welcome at their door. I had been by to visit them the other day, we enjoyed each others’ company, we caught up on old times, we dreamed of happier times, where all the hours are “happy hours.” When it was time for me to leave, our preacher was pulling up in the yard, he came in and he had prayer with us and we enjoyed his joyful demeanor and “can-do” attitude. I know his visit did all of us a world of good. A true “man of God” is a great blessing to everyone he shares our father’s word with.

Scene 2: It is mid-evening at “the home away from home.” I am with a friend visiting his sweet momma. This dear lady was so faithful visiting my father during his long illness, my family and I will never forget her kindness. Now today she was feeling a little blue, but “the angel and her choir” would change that. They were going room to room singing those beautiful songs of family and home. My friends’ eyes lit up when they walked in, she requested “Give me that old time religion,” they sang this song and my friend sung word for word right along with them. A smile on her face worth millions of dollars. At that moment she was at peace, so happy and so full of life. I’ll always treasure this moment.

Scene 3: An elderly farmer lay upon his hospital bed, his body full of pain, he asked God for one more “growing season” one more summer to spend with family and friends. God granted his request, he made it home, with family and friends’ help he planted a garden, sweat upon his brow, his bib-overalls wet with sweat, dirt beneath his fingernails, and the prettiest smile upon his face you’ll ever see. The rains and hot weather came, what a beautiful garden grew, a garden that bought a community close together, friendships were made, family ties grew tighter and God’s presence was felt by everyone. The harvest was overflowing, that fall God called the faithful old farmer home. Now God held up to his end of the bargain, the farmer asked for strength to getup out of his bed, he asked for only one growing season and that night he also asked God to bring his family and friends together. God answered his prayer, he let him enjoy all the things he loved to do and I believe this farmer led many to Jesus, so the workers were many and praise God the harvest was bountiful, heaven will be filled with the farmers’ family and friends.

As the curtain closes: It’s not the years in our life, it’s the life in our years.

Tim Anderson


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