Family Reunion

boy and watermelonWe’re in north central Alabama this morning to attend a Henderson family reunion. My paternal grandmother was a Henderson, and I vaguely remember attending the reunion when I was six or seven years old. The main reason I remember it is we stopped somewhere on our way from Texas and bought a huge watermelon. Dad said it weighed fifty pounds, but he was always pulling my leg, so… who knows? He put it on the floor right in front of me—I loved watermelon—and I rode the rest of the way with my feet on the gigantic melon and a grin just as big on my skinny little face.

I wonder if folks will remember me if I walk in carrying a fifty pound watermelon? Well… the fact is, I’m not a skinny little boy anymore, and they might think I have a fifty pound watermelon under my shirt!

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No Strings, No Gimmicks

I’m not big on ritual; especially rituals designed by man. Jesus came to absolve us of those things, allowing us to please God by loving Him and not by the things we do. We are saved by grace, not by works.

Some of today’s religious leaders come up with things they try to persuade their followers to do, insisting those things are essential to living a “Christian” life and obtaining eternal life. I don’t think so!

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Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. Hebrews 13:9

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Let’s Talk

As a nation, it seems we’ve become too sensitive and our fear of saying the wrong thing is wreaking silence upon our world. We don’t have to be in complete and perfect agreement to be at peace with one another. We can discuss our feelings, our differences, and our agreements, and do so in love, and if need be, we can agree to disagree. But, let’s keep the lines of communication open.

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If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18

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Something We Do

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Some Peoples’ Cats

The only cat I ever owned was an orange and white striped little ball of terror I named, Nashville after the 1966 hit song, Nashville Cats, by The Lovin’ Spoonful. The cat was cool in a terrifying kind of way.

Problem was, you see, I was not necessarily meant to own a cat. I played pretty rough with the little critter, and loved to scare the daylights out of him every chance I got. The roughhousing made him mean, and constantly scaring him caused him to be sneaky.

Nashville catAs the ornery little critter started growing up, he figured he owed some payback to humans, and I had to warn anybody who came to visit. Still, even when they knew it might happen, he still scared them pretty good. He’d hide behind the couch, or a curtain, and come flying out, pounce on a hand or foot, hiss, growl, then vanish. I got used to it, but visitors… not so much.

I finally had to give Nashville away when my first son Billy was born. It was immediately apparent the cat thought the new human in the cage (crib) was fair game, and the first time we found it crouched below the crib twitching its tail, it was goodbye, Nashville Cat. We gave him to some “friends” of ours. Funny… they never spoke to us after that.

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Pig Pen

pig penPig Pen, from the Peanuts comic strip, was a happy-go-lucky youngster who was always covered in dirt and followed by a cloud of dust. But it seemed to me Pig Pen was totally at peace, but he just didn’t care how dirty he got while he went about doing the things kids do. His mom probably didn’t scold him for getting dirty; she just dusted him off and sent him on his way knowing he’d come back needing to be cleaned up again.

That’s how God is with us. He knows as we go about our day we’ll get covered in worldly dust. But, when our hope is in Him, He’s always there to wash it away.

Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. 1John 3:3

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A Thousand Times, Then Wow!

I do this a lot–this saying wow when I see something I’ve seen many times. I’m doing it now as I keep glancing over at the beautiful lady I married on this date 22 years ago. God blesses me every day.

Marbles In My Pocket ~ The Official Blog of Charles L. Mashburn ~ Poems, Short Stories, and random thoughts from the author of "Be Still... and know that I am God"

It seems we often take so much God has done for granted. The world around us is full of wondrous things, and yet we walk through it each day, oblivious to most of them. I dare say if we were to compile a list of wonderful things God has created or done, we would not be able to complete it in our lifetime.

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