9:30 p.m….Another plane that has not been at the air show in several years is “Fifi”. She is the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress. She has been down for a while now, because she needs 4 new engines, and that’s kind of expensive. Brandon got to see Fifi when he was little.
8:15 p.m…..I’m beginning to think we are really missing something at Brandon and Rachael’s. Tonight right after church, Beth and Andy headed over there for another movie night.
We have a praise….other than the good things that happened yesterday.
There is a young lady at church, a family member of some other good friends at church, who has decided she wants to turn her life around. A’s life has been rough. She was the child of a drug addict/prostitute. I’ve posted about her mom in the past. Her mom had 6 kids, giving up 3 of them for adoption. The mom just got out of prison for (I believe) the 4th time. A’s father was beaten to death.
“A” is now 22 years old. She dropped out of school, but finally did get her GED. She got into drugs, and she, too, was hooking for a while. She is now pregnant and is due January 1. The father doesn’t want anything to do with the baby. He just wanted the fun without the responsibility.
Three weeks ago, she told her uncle, Mark, that she wanted to come to church. She had been several times when she was much younger, but never came regularly. She told him she was tired of all the bitterness and hate she was keeping inside, and she wanted to do something to get rid of it.
She wants to be saved. After church today, her uncle, grandmother and cousins all went out to eat. They explained to her what it takes. She has decided next Sunday morning she is going to join the church. She will be baptized, since she has not been before.
She’s also decided she’s going to quit smoking, which will be so much better for the baby. Her mom is going to stop, so she thought it would be easier if both of them do.
We are going to start planning a baby shower for her. I talked to our pastor tonight to get his opinion on what we should do. People had asked me if we should give a shower. Bro. Herb said it’s not the baby’s fault her parents aren’t married.
God can take any life, no matter how messed up it has become, and start it over.
2 Cor 5:17-18…..17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! NIV
Eph 4:22-24…..22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. NIV
3:15 p.m…..The Canadian Snowbirds just flew right over the house. They started flying at 3:00.
Here’s a link to news coverage on one of our local channels:
I had a little trouble concentrating in church this morning, although most of the time I managed to keep focused on the message. The air show is going on today, too. According to Google Earth, the church is 2.29 miles from the north end of the runway at Ellington, so lots of air traffic goes over the church.
The F-16’s were the first thing to make lots of noise this morning. The flying starts at 10:00, and when we got there this morning, you could hear the F-16’s getting ready to fly. Later, you could recognize the sound of the F-4 as it went over. The F-4 in the show is privately owned, and is kept in a hangar at Ellington. Brandon saw him flying one day when he was out at Ellington for a flying lesson.
When you are trying to land a Cessna and the F-16’s need to land, you need to get out of their way….fast. Brandon said they make a rather large shadow when they fly over you.
About the time we had our annoucements in the worship service, Steve heard Shockwave pulsing his engines on the runway. And when we left church, Doolittle was raiding Tokyo. There were some people from Japan at the air show yesterday. I wonder what they thought of the re-enactments of their attacks on us, and our retaliation.
Brandon and Rachael were dying to go back out there. They love the air show. On the way to the restaurant, they drove past the north end of Ellington, so they could see the planes. Many were landing on that end of the runway, so it felt like you could just reach up and touch them. A B-25 went right over us on the Beltway. It kind of surprised me that I was wanting to get back out there, too. I had not been to the air show in 21 years.
It is raining here today, so I am glad we got to see it all yesterday. After church, we went to Casa Ole, and we were talking about how the rain let up. We have been praying for a week, literally, that it would not rain when we were supposed to go to the airshow. Rachael said it seemed like we were surrounded by rain, but we were in a clear spot in the middle. She’s right. That’s exactly the way it was. There was pretty heavy rain all around us, but we were in a clearing. How’s that for answered prayer? They have been predicting 50-60% chance of rain for Saturday and Sunday, all week. It started out pouring yesterday morning and stopped just before we had to leave for the air show. When we woke up, Steve thought, “Great!” because it was pouring. But he said he heard, “Just have a little faith.” I was in the kitchen making coffee, and I told Steve I had to wonder what the reason was, because I thought God had said no to our request. I mean, it was REALLY pouring, enough to fill drainage ditches nearly to the top. But then…..it quit. And it didn’t rain during the air show.
Oh, there was one little sprinkle during the afternoon, but it was so strange. You could see it hitting the pavement, making ripples in the water that was already there, but when you walked out in it, you didn’t even feel it. You didn’t get wet. Probably God saying, “I’m here, and I’m still in charge.”
Some would say that it is silly, or pointless, to ask God to stop the rain so we could enjoy the air show. God says, “You do not have, because you do not ask God.” James 4:2-3 NIV
Bethany sang in church this morning: