(Picture is my granddad and grandma. I’ll tell you about Grandma’s bonnet another time.)
Hello Blogging Friends: First a personal note. I will be going to a family reunion this weekend. We will leave early Saturday morning and return late Sunday. About 350 miles away so it is possible but hurried.
I have been working on my mother’s albums – selecting pictures, newspaper articles, and such like material to make up family albums. I will take the “Rodgers/Barler” album with me. My plans are to ask anyone who wants to, to write a memory or whatever for me to add to this album, put the material on CD and give to family members.
In the process I have included some of the Granddad sermons I have summarized and put on this blog previously. I have run across a new one. I am using it for my second page of the album because it is based on a favorite song, “Only Jesus Can Satisfy Your Soul.” If my Granddad were present to speak to his family and to you, I believe that is what he would say.
Granddad’s sermon is plain from John 14:8 “Phillip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.” In the margin he has written “Church, let us see Jesus and we are satisfied.” Then he referred to Luke 12:21, which says, “So is he that layeth up treasures for himself, and is not rich toward God.” There he has written “full barns stop mule from braying, not so, with souls.”
So, Granddad, if you are in the throng of witnesses who looks down on your followers today, hear me speak for them. Thank you for your life, your lessons, and your love for Jesus. Thank you for showing us Jesus. And it is still true that only Jesus satisfies.
We suffer a dearth of seeing him in our lives and in our church while we amass “things” which only make us believe we need more things. “He’ll give you peace you never knew, Sweet joy and love and Heaven too; For only Jesus can satisfy your soul.” (Only Jesus can Satisfy Your Soul by Lanny Wolfe.)
One more thing I’m sure he would say. “THERE IS GOING TO BE A MEETING IN THE AIR IN THE SWEET SWEET BY AND BY.” Family, can’t you see his tears today just thinking about us all being together again. Granddad’s tears, who of us who knew him can ever forget!