August 22, 2014
Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum.
When I hear Tony Hatch's 1964 song “Downtown” on the radio, I'm reminded of a particular night as a youth. I was parked on Midland in front of a house on my newspaper route to collect money and it was raining—hard. The thing that impressed this seventeen year-old was the fact I'd just driven my new Studebaker sports car off the car lot. When I'm quiet, I can still hear the wipers moving rhythmically across the windshield accompanied by falling rain on the roof and Petula Clark singing the song.
Anytime I find myself close to my paper route and Marianna Street, I drive down memory lane to the cove where I recently snapped this photo. The guy wire to the left forefront of the picture was home base for hide and seek when I was younger and I was standing on the home plate manhole cover that served as third base for me and my neighborhood buddies. Both crabapple trees are gone from the front yard and the ditch connecting Buntyn and Josephine Streets has long been covered with concrete and grass. What hasn't changed however, is my memory of the place and the fact I can close my eyes and relive the past anytime I want. Today, however, is a good day to make memories with people rather places. I can close my eyes, imagine what God can do with them and engage them in conversation about it.
Move in me, God, to engage people as Your servant.
Also: Memory; Witness; Minister
This day in past devotionals:
Jesus - the greatest Finisher of all time. (2000/2001)
If the theory of evolution is valid, why hasn't sin changed?(2002)
We should purpose to say what Jesus would say. (2004)
Our sacrifice is one of prayer and thanksgiving. (2005)
Why are we surprised when something of value is accompanied by trouble? (2006)
Many expect t get a pass for malicious and slanderous conversation. (2007)
False expectations lead to praying for the wrong thing. (2008)
It's not surprising that a Christian sleeps better than others. (2009)
You will never do anything you don't start. (2010)
Teachers are taught to teach, but few inspire anyone to learn. (2011)
Silence should not be confused with safety. (2012)
Neglect takes what we can't afford to lose. (2013)
Devotionals began on January 2, 2006 and are the original creation of James R. Green, Prayertower Webservant Content is derived from his alternating
and sequential survey of both the Old and New Testament to offer insight
2. Resources are derived from daily devotions of James R. Green called, Just Thinkin'... (2000-2003), Read the Bible Thru in 365 Days (2004), Pray Thru the Word in 365 Days (2005) and One Minute Devotional (2006-2012).
3. Scripture used from the Holy Bible, New International Version; (c)1978 by New York International Bible Society or God's Word Translation (c)1995 by God's Word to the Nations. All Rights Reserved.
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