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February 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - February 12, 2017

Good Morning Family!

            I am writing this late Friday evening.  I reflect on having both of our kids in our house for a few weeks.  It has been ten years since we spent this much time under one roof.  It has been fun and is now almost time to move on from this brief time together into the next phase with Ralph moving on to boot camp.

            It has been fun catching up and thinking about the adventures ahead; not just for him but for each of us; as Holly prepares to head back after January and February off to continue her career as co-lead at two shops at Silver Dollar City and Robin and I begin a new year with our church family.

            As I write, Robin is working a puzzle in the other room and Ralph is in another room playing a video game and Holly has gone into Reeds Spring to watch a basketball game with one of her girl- friends who is a teacher there at the school.

            So, I sat down and pulled up a couple of episodes of “Home Improvement”.  This show was very popular when our kids were small and was known for its family themes.  Our family was the same age as the family on the show and so it was very similar to our situation as a young family with school age kids at the time.  We always liked to watch it together, because we identified with it.  Unlike today, where there is rarely anything on TV you can watch as a family.

            The point is that it took me back and made me realize this evening how short of a time we have with our children at home as parents.  Holly, my little girl, is actually out driving a car at night by herself and is a lead at her job?  Ralph, the little guy that loved to watch Michael Jordan is actually joining the Army at 28 years old?  Time is just flying by.

            Parents!  Stop and count the moments.  Don’t let them slip away by being too busy or too caught up in other things.  Relish every day, because you will wake up one morning to your kids being adults.  Now, this time of life is also great, but those times when they are in school in your house goes way too fast.  Today, stop and do what you know to do as a parent that will make a memory with your children.  Make your decisions as if your family depends on every one, because they do.  Your kids are watching you.  Ours are still watching us...

            As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15  

Humbly Yours,


Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd

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