Why don't you share a memorable event with us?

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  1. Barnabas H.

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    OK, let me start.... It was back in 1963 that the church, which supported me as a Hungarian emigrant, had an outing with the young people to the New England area. I remember as our bus passed by the Old Man Mountain in New Hampshire. Couldn't believe that the face of an old man was the result of thousands of years of erosion due to water and ice, and was not carved by men. It was an awe inspiring picture (shown below). But not as much as when we arrived to New England's highest peak, Mt. Washington. Our bus put us down at the foot of the mountain. It was Easter Sunday. The weather was cold, but not unbearable. We expected the sun to come out at any time. We climbed the mountain almost to the top. We had a small plateau of clearing. Our pastor, Rev. Luis R. Beckwith, made us sit down. We were facing East, where the sun was about to come up. Rev. Beckwith opened his Bible, read a passage, and prayed. The young people broke into singing. I recognized the melody of an old Gospel Hymn, but since I did not speak a word of English at the time, I was singing along in Hungarian. When the pastor was reading the Scriptures I sensed that he was reading the resurrection story of long ago. I looked at the faces of those young people, and as they huddled together in the cold, I could see a greater appreciation in their hearts for the spoken Word, and the soul lifting singing. It felt like we were on the way to the sepulcher, as we were pondering in our hearts as to "who will roll away the stone?" But the stone was already rolled away....

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    Well, we were hardly there for 30 minutes when our guide turned our direction to the neighboring mountain, toward South-East. The mountain was covered with cloud. Although I did not understand the conversation, I gathered the urgency, for in less than a minute we were heading up to the top of the mountain, where there supposed to be an observatory with souvenir stands. The mountain trail was steep and ruggedly. We were not fast enough, the clouds all of a sudden engulfed us. It was an eerie feeling. We were told to hold each other's hands, and formed a great living chain. The scary thing about all this was that we couldn't even see our outstretched arms in front of us. Couldn't see our feet below. Everything looked like some grey mist. The cloud was moist and cold. Our guide must have felt the path before him. We were dragged by the person in front of us, and in turn we pulled the person behind us. We must have walked like this for about 20 minutes, which seemed to be like eternity. Some of the younger kinds sounded scary as they yelled out from time to time. But they were shouting with joy when the message came that the top of the chain has reached the observatory. It was about 6,288 feet where we reached safe haven. When inside, we could not see a thing through the window... but inside it was warm, cozy, inviting, friendly, reassuring, and just like home. I never forget the experience. Later on in the storms of life I always reminded myself of the safe haven on top of Mt. Washington, and it reminded me of the greatest safe haven, the Lord Jesus Christ!

    P.S. Did you hear that just recently the Old Man Maintain in New Hampshire just collapsed. The granite facade of the mountain came down with the passing of winter. I cannot imagine people going to Mt. Washington and not greeted by the old man on the way. The Governor of New Hampshire promised to rebuild the facade, so I hope that countless of generations could be greeted by the man of the mountain!

    P.P.S. If you have a memorable story, we'd like you to share it with us on this thread. [​IMG]
     
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    Mabey it's just me but whan I looked at that picture I don't see an old man....I see a Kingly face, wearing a Crown!!!
    Amen...& Amen

    Love without expression is like faith without works....dead, being alone. [​IMG]
     
  3. Dr. Bob

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    Some years ago I was privileged to take my family with me on one of our trips to Israel. They were all high school age and every day was a "highlight".

    But we stood that late afternoon at Golgotha, Gordon's Calvary and the hill of the skull. It was cool and raining, which would dampen most tourists, but we marked it with solemnity.

    4:30 p.m. and the overcast drizzle made twilight deepen on a January night in Jerusalem. But we walked quietly away from that scene to a beautiful little arbor in the lush of the Garden Tomb grounds. We sat together - our whole group, yes, but our whole family together as well - and shared in the Lord's Supper.

    The rains stopped and golden rays of a setting sun fell through the folliage, illuminating faces, roses and lit the west-facing "empty tomb". Our group was the only one left in the Garden's stillness.

    And we stayed. We sang. "The Old Rugged Cross" came alive again. "How Great Thou Art" was sung as a prayer. And the gracious folks of the Garden Society, all Brits, let us stay there after the normal closing hour.

    The rest of the group headed out, past the tomb, into the gift shop and toward a waiting bus to take us to our hotel. But my family - my bride Teresa, Jeremiah, Joshua, Elyssabeth and myself - just stayed behind one more minute.

    We sing together - always have. Great memories of great singing. Everyone puts in parts and no one wants to sing melody! But that day we sang "In the Garden" while we stood there, in the Garden.

    Blanketed by clouds, buffered from all the hectic and frantic pace of a tour where we "ran today where Jesus walked", in a little place of safety and sanity in the midst of Jerusalem, we found a peace and a unity in our family that was based on something more than filial devotion.

    It was based on the Love of God that had touched all of our hearts and united us as more than a family. And when my days get hectic and the pace quickens, I look back in my mind's eye to that late afternoon. I find solace and refuge in the secret Garden of my memory. I see my children in all their innocence and love, doing what God created us to do in the First Garden, to praise His holy name.

    And He walks with me and He talks with me
    And He tells me I am His own.
    And the joy we share as we tarry there . .
    None other has ever known!
     
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    I can think of so many memorable moments, but the one that really sticks out in my mind is my 8th grade trip.

    We went to Indianapolis for 4 days and 3 nights.
    We went to the Indy Raceway Museum, and went to Chuck E. Cheese, and all sorts of fun stuff, but on the second to last day, we went to Brown County, and shopped for the whole day, and then went to Brown County State Park for a BBQ.

    We split into 3 groups to take a walk through the park. My group was our homeroom teacher, me, and 7 of my best friends. We stopped on a cliff overlooking the woods and watched the sun set.

    Then our homeroom teacher had us sit and sing.... We sang "Thank You" and "Midnight Cry" and Rejoice in the Lord". Then our homeroom teacher had us sit in a circle and we had to take turns being in the "hot seat". Everyone else had to tell some way how the person in the hot seat had been a blessing to them, or helped them, or made an impact on them, or changed them for the better, in some way. By the time we were done, everyone was crying, even the guys. We even made our teacher take a turn! [​IMG]

    By the time we got back to the rest of the group, almost all the food was gone, but it was worth it! It's amazing how something that seems like nothing can impact another person.
     
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    Hmm. There's so much...
    I'll pick the birth of my first daughter.
    I wanted a boy. In Chinese culture you're supposed to have a boy, and most everyone I was around at the time was Chinese, and the ones I was closest to had a boy so I was teased a lot. "You'll probably have a girl" they'd say, joking but it set the tone for wanting a boy too. The doctor said she was a boy, so I had nothing but boy clothes. The grandparents sent gifts, for a boy. One of them was a jade buddha pendant.
    I went into labor and it wasn't easy at all. After 23 hours she started to present, bottoms up, so they rushed and did a c-section. I stayed awake for it.
    I heard the doctor say "it's a girl!" My heart sank, and I looked up at my husband and knew that look of disappointment. And I felt it too.
    Then the doctor walked past the veil that prevented me from seeing past my chest and held her up for me to see and she let out her first cry. The moment I set eyes on her she had my heart. I was overwhelmed with love, unconditional and unexplainable. All I wanted to do was hold her, but my arms were tied down and they said I couldn't because they had to take her to the nursery and it wouldn't be safe for me to try to hold her with the meds I was on. They took her out of the room and I could hear her cries getting further and further away with each footstep of the nurse and my heart ached, wanting to hold her and see her and comfort her.
    It came as a shock to me because I never loved anyone before, I controlled how strongly I felt about anyone, and this was different. This love controlled ME!
    They must have given me something to knock me out after that, because the next thing I knew I woke up in recovery. They still didn't let me see her because she was on another floor and they couldn't take babies from one floor to another.
    Finally they took me down to my room after they considered me stable and I got to have her. It was just amazing. She was sooo beautiful! I knew the moment I held her that my life was changed forever, that I needed to do the right thing for her, stay home with her and take care of her, try to make my marriage work, and get to know God. I got home and saw the stuff from her grandparents, and politely told my husband he could do as he wished with the pendant, it wasn't coming near my daughter or any future children. That doesn't sound like much, but it was a big step for me, a realization that there was a need for God in my life, or at the least a lack of false gods.
    Along with that, finally knowing what love was led me to believing there COULD be a God, someone who loved. I never could understand that concept before. Satan I could believe in, I could understand evil and hatred. But the wonder of my daughter, her beauty, her perfectness, the love I felt for her showed me that goodness and love also existed and were understandable and real too.
    Gina
     
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    Preacher, welcome to this thread! Do you have a story to tell? [​IMG]

    Dr. Bob, that was a captivating story. Thanks for sharing! This is one of my dreams, to someday walk in the land where Jesus walked. :cool:

    AuDzY, what a way to experience the power of the "hot seat" (as it was dubbed by Charles Finney). We are happy that it was a life changing experience for you! [​IMG]

    Gina, that was a moving story. Brings to mind, what a wonderful Savior we have! And now you have three beautiful daughters, so your love has multiplied! [​IMG]
     
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    I will have one after August 1st ;)
     
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    Say, AdoptedDaughter, why do we have to wait that long? [​IMG]
     
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    Umm...cause a big day is on that day? ;)
     
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    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.... You are getting married, or something? [​IMG] OK, we'll wait. But it is going to be a long time - so, you could give us a little tid bits until then.
     
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    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.... You are getting married, or something? [​IMG] OK, we'll wait. But it is going to be a long time - so, you could give us a little tid bits until then. </font>[/QUOTE]Ok...here's a tib-bit...I'm getting married! ;)
     
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    I knew it! Congratulations!!! All the blessings of the Lord on your upcoming marriage. [​IMG]
     
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    Man, how do you keep THAT quiet??? I would be shouting it from the roottops!

     
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    </font>[/QUOTE]What? That I'm getting married? Ya'll already knew that! ;)
     
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    For the pastors on the forum, I suppose we have all had an odd experience in the baptistry. One thing I tell people when being baptized is not to assist me, just relax. I ask them to hold their hands together in front of them so I can hold their hands, and then place a hand on the back.

    This rather large woman, as tall as me, 6 foot and twice my size was in the water. I took a deep breath, made the usual pronouncement and then took her back into the water. She panicked and next thing we could see was two legs in the air waving at the people. I couldn't retrieve her gracefully as I slid under the water with her. With both hands on her back I got her up and she shouted, Hallelujah!

    Well, I guess you have to know the British demeanor, but I managed to keep a straight face as if nothing abnormal had happened. It was a very memorable event for me. My waterwings would have come in handy there.

    Cheers,

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    Brother Jim, you are hilarious! Thanks for sharing that lively story (I think)... [​IMG]
     
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    We Brits have been noted for being somewhat reserved, stiff upper lip and all. At one particular wedding, the father to the bride feared he would forget his line.

    In Canada, we do not say "I do." Rather, we say "I will". Only the father says "I do". During the rehearsal, the father kept saying "I will". He was shaking so badly, I feared he would stutter when trying to say "I do".

    I assured him that I would assist him when the time came. All was going well and the all-important moment came. At this point, I opened my gown so he could read the note I had pinned inside my gown in rather large letters...." I do".
    The note was large enough for all to see and the entire gathering broke out in huge laughter, but he did get his words out, and the wedding continued as it should. The couple were happily married and the father survived.

    Cheers,

    Jim

    PS, I think there are countless stories that stem from a full ministry. Who said the Christian life was dull?
     
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    A memorable event . . . watching my goddaughter be born ranks right up there. [​IMG]
     
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    When I'm not as tired as I am now, I will share about my trip to Arkansas for my latest series of job interviews.
     
  20. Barnabas H.

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    Brother Jim1999, I concur. "Who said the Christian life was dull?" [​IMG]

    stubbornkelly, could you elaborate on the birth of your goddaughter? You see my intention at the unset of this thread was to share a story where the LORD GOD is being glorified. So, give us some details on that line. [​IMG]

    ExxonMobil, will hold you to that story involving your trip to Arkansas... [​IMG]
     

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