Monday morning meanderings. Vol.40

April 14, 2008 at 10:30 am 1 comment

Sayre, Oklahoma/Grapeview, Washington

Volume 40!  I may have missed a Monday morning or two along the way but it has been a lot of fun rolling these meanderings out there on Monday morning.  It is usually the most read post of the week, which is probably because it is the only thing some of you read.  Glad to have you along on our journey.

Linda is still in Washington and I am still here in Western Oklahoma so it is a post from two places.  Linda never writes these things but she almost always contributes in some way so the by line comes from both states.

Item one. I pick Linda up in OK City tomorrow afternoon after her short visit to the Northwest.  She spent a couple of days with Brad, Summer and Canyon Paul and had a great time.  I am so happy for her.  She loves the grandboys and hasn’t seen Canyon Paul as much as the other three so she really enjoyed it.  Here are a couple of pics of the big boy.  We will both be back in Washington the end of the month and I can’t wait to see everyone.

    

Item two. Today is the first anniversary of the day Willie McComb was taken from his family and friends. Linda went to Washington to spend time with Leslee and Bill and family during this time.  Yesterday, family and friends gathered for the unveiling of a memorial stone designed by family friend Forrest.  Linda said it was a real tribute and a good time for people to come together and mark the passing of a year in this family’s journey.  As I said a few posts ago, “firsts” in the grieving process are harder than other days and so the first anniversary of Willie’s death was an important day in many ways.  Linda took pictures so we will post those after she gets back here.  We continue to mourn the passing of Willie McComb.

Item three.  I went to my first High School Rodeo in Childress, Texas on Saturday.  Cody and Stacey Custer’s son Aaron was doing a number of events, along with Pastor Daryle and Carrie’s son Nate, so I went along with the Custers to see what it was all about.  For those of you who have no reference point, think track meet or soccer tournament or some other gathering where there are lots of young people and parents waiting around to watch their kids for a few seconds, only this deal has animals!  It was really quite impressive and well done and the kids did great.

It is hard to imagine, for those of us who are from the Northwest, but they take a break about half way through the rodeo and have a little church service!  Really, honest, at a high school rodeo!  The kids on their horses all circle up, the parents gather in the stands and someone does a sermon and prays.  The young people were quiet and respectful, even though they couldn’t hear very well, which in my opinion was a good thing, as the message was just short of horrible.  The first words out of the local preacher’s mouth were: “Let’s go to the word.  Every time I get into the Word I feel guilty and so let me share some of the Word with you.”  No doubt the man meant well and it was a hard gig for sure, but never once did he turn around and talk to these students.  He just talked to the parents.  What a wasted opportunity.  Here are 40-50 young people willing to at least listen and he doesn’t even engage them.  I kept wanting to tell him to climb up on the fence and look at the students and just tell them their “Father loves them” that He loves them even if they get bucked off, knock over a barrel, or throw their rope too far or short.  I so wanted him to engage these young people with the truth of their Father’s unconditional love.

A unique opportunity-wasted.  The rodeo was good, though.

Only three items in the meanderings this Monday morning.  Thanks for dropping by.

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Entry filed under: Belief, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Family, Friendship, Institutional church, Monday meanderings, Northwest, Rodeo, Thoughts, Travel, Uncategorized.

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  • 1. Heather  |  April 15, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Warren is pretty faithful at reading your blog…today was my first time – and it is so great to hear your thoughts! I saw Brad, Summer, and Canyon this weekend at N.Spurling’s wedding. It was so great to see them, too. We do miss you both. We are moving to Eastern Washington in a couple months and are sooo hopeful to get hooked into a great church there.

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