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Springfield Today, November 1, 2017

November 14, 2017 by  
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Good Moanin’ Sprinngfieldians.

Twenty-one years is a long time to remember a particular day, but October 30, 1996 is a day I will never forget.  In fact, October 30, 1996 is a day of infamy in the life of Fred Prince.  I think about that day, on what has been dubbed “Devil’s Night” in the Detroit area, every year since that day of disaster.  I remember it well.  I remember even the smallest details from that day.

I should have known better.  I should’ve just stayed in bed.  It started with my alarm clock not going off.  The power had gone off the day before, so when I reset my clock, I forgot to check to see if I set the alarm to go off in the A.M. or P.M., of course, it was set to go off in the P.M.  So I got up late to start my day.

Then on my way to the office I had to stop for gas.  I wasn’t filling up, but was putting in a specific dollar amount, because we budget a certain amount each week for gas.  But when I let go of the handle, the little metal flap somehow flopped down, and so it didn’t stop pumping when I wanted it to stop pumping.  So I went over my budget.

Next, I went into the gas station to buy a newspaper and some Peanut M & M’s.  I figured eating the “Breakfast of Champions” would change the way my day had started out, but the gas station was out of Peanut M & M’s.  How can a gas station be out of Peanut M & M’s?  I was more than a little irritated.

I then got into my car to drive to my office.  It was garbage day at the church.  So that meant I had to take the garbage to the road.  I hated doing that job.  Every Wednesday I hated that job.  Sometimes the bags leaked and I’d get the Ode de Garbage’ all over me.  Sometimes animals would get into the garage and tear the bags and strewn garbage all over, looking for supper.  And so then I would have to clean it up.  I hated Wednesdays.

I open the door and much to my surprise no bags were ripped opened, and I thought, “Well, maybe my day has turned the corner.”  Now, understand this was about 5:30 in the morning.  It was still pitch black outside.  I grab the first bag of garbage that’s sitting on some five-gallon buckets, but I didn’t notice that at first.  I go to pull the bag and I do notice that it’s stuck on something.   I yank harder, and then as if everything was in slow motion, I noticed the buckets, as I yank, the top flew off, and the bucket tips, and white paint comes flooding out all over my new shoes and pants.

It’s now 5:45 a.m.  I walk over to the outside faucet, leaving a trail of white footsteps, and I try to wash the paint off of my new shoes and pants.  I know you don’t remember how cold it was on October 30, 1996, but let me tell you I remember, and it was cold!

I was supposed to pray with some people at 6:00 a.m., but I decided not to do that.  I got into my car and drove home.

I came in the back door of our home. Teri was in the kitchen.  She looked at me with a surprised look on her face, like, “What are you doing home?” and I didn’t think at that point it was a good idea to say anything, so I just pointed.  She being a woman of great wisdom decided that was not the moment to laugh.  She simply said, “What happened!?”

I told her.  And still, amazingly, she did not laugh, but offered to help clean up the mess.  What a woman of grace!

I change my clothes and start back to the office.  My routine was to always make coffee when I got to the office, but after the morning I had just endured, I decided to stop at a gas station and buy a cup of joe.  It was the least I deserved.

They were out of coffee.  How can a gas station be out of coffee?

So, I tell myself, “Well, I’ll just go to another gas station.”  I drive down the road, and the next station has coffee, but no cups.

I finally get to my office, coffeeless, (it’s still before 7:00 a.m) and I call Nathan up, he’s the one that put the five gallon buckets of paint in the garage, and said, “Nathan, do you want me to kill you now or after your game tonight?”

Have you ever had a day when you felt like “killing” someone?

Have you ever had a day when you were jerked out of the calm and thrown into the chaotic?

No warnings.  No announcement.  No time to prepare.  But seemingly, in just a matter of moments, your life goes from calm to chaos.

I am convinced what you do in the calm will determine how you respond in the chaotic.

Are you spending time in prayer?  Are you feasting on God’s Word?  Are you reaching out to others?

If the only time you pray and go to God’s Word is when the crisis crashes in on you, or when you are thrown into the chaotic – you won’t be prepared to respond the best way.

Remember the story of the nine disciples not being able to set the boy free from demon possession.  Oh, they tried.  But nothing they did was effective.  It wasn’t until Jesus came down off the Mount of Transfiguration, and He encountered the boy and his father, that the boy was healed.  The disciples asked Jesus, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”  And Jesus responded by saying, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”  (Mark 9:14-32)

It’s not that the disciples didn’t pray when trying to drive out the demon, but I’m convinced, they hadn’t spent time in prayer, before the crisis erupted.  And because of that they weren’t ready to handle the chaotic.

Make sure you spend time with God during the calm, so you’re prepared for the chaotic.

You know it’s coming.


What You Need to Know… 

Blood Drive tonight from 3:30 – 6:30 PM.  Come any time to give blood.

Set your clocks back one hour this Saturday before going to bed as Daylight Saving Time ends!

Upward Evaluations – Saturday, November 11, 9:00 – 11:00 AM for girls and boys 1st – 6th grades.

Sign up at the Information Center for Family Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 15, 5 – 6 PM

Use the form at the Information Center or in the bulletin to donate to help feed the needy a complete hot Thanksgiving Dinner again this year!  We have so many who are unable to afford the luxury of a turkey dinner.  We also need volunteers to help deliver the meals on Wednesday, November 22.  This only takes an hour or less!

Thanksgiving Offering will begin November 19th through the end of the year.

Mark your calendars!  Saturday, December 2, 7:00 PM  For One Ministry will present “The Love of The Lamb” in our church.


Pray for:

Karen Rheude – home recovering from shoulder surgery

Patti Young – in the hospital with breathing issues

Steve Patterson – abdominal pain

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