Sunday, January 23, 2011

Noel Back In Missouri

What a special week this was.

Noel, Janice and Mark were here in Rialto with us from Tuesday evening to Friday morning.  Noel got all his tests completed and his pacemaker adjusted at the Mayo CLinic in Phoenix.  We are trusting that all the procedures they did will help him experience an ease in his painful episodes of massive heart palpitations.  He was quite pleased with the results so far, as he was being careful in his California stay.  The real test will be with his normal routine at home in Springfield.

In my previous blog, I wrote about our Wednesday steak barbecue dinner.  On Thursday evening, we got together again (the five brothers and as many other family members as could) for the dinner meal at the Dining Commons at California Baptist University.  Years ago, we would have avoided the "cafeteria" at Cal Baptist because of the food, but now the provider/vendor for the meals does an outstanding job of offering wonderful menus for each meal.

Here's a picture of us five brothers again, in front of the Mexican food buffet area at CBU.

Thursday was a fun day for Mark.  That afternoon Evan took Mark to Dave & Buster's game room.  Then, that same evening, Mark went with Shawn and Crystal and little Bailey to Dave & Buster's again.  Mark was thrilled.  He loves his cousins, and they had a terrific time of playing the various games there.  Mark is excellent in his motor skills, and we were told that he attracted a crowd to watch him play and win!  He was able to purchase some prizes with his tickets won playing the games.

On Friday morning, we went out for breakfast for one last visit together before heading back to Phoenix. 

Sondra and I drove them back, spent the night with Mark in his huge hotel suite and then drove back to Rialto Saturday morning.  It was exhausting, but it was all worth it.  We just had a little vacation time as a family when we least expected it.

This morning, I preached on John the Baptist and his message of repentance and hope from the third chapter of Matthew.  There are some who still refuse to believe, but we rejoice in those who call on the name of the Lord Jesus for eternal redemption.  When John the Baptist stood in the wilderness in his strange dress and unusual eating diet, hundreds and hundreds came out to hear the powerful message of God's power to save.  The same is true today.  The power of the gospel draws those whose hearts are ready to receive.

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