This summer I have had the opportunity to perform a couple of weddings and
have one scheduled for December. A week ago Rev. Dan had the pleasure of
performing a very special wedding, one for his son. We are thankful to God
for the opportunity to be a part of so many wonderful celebrations.
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
It has been said that being on a race team is like getting married. The
driver and crew chief are like husband and wife. I am not sure I would go
that far, marriage is so much more than just spending time together doing
the same thing.
Marriage is a wonderful thing when it is entered into with the
understanding of what God intended it to be. Marriage by God's design is for
mankind to continue to grow and prosper. Marriage is a sacred institution
that should be held in the highest honor among all. Marriage means giving up
your life for the benefit of your spouse. Those who enter into this special
relationship begin to form the foundation for all human society, the family
unit. It honors God when a man leaves his home, joins with his wife and they
become one to raise a family. Let's take a look at what it means to be
married under God.
Today we use the title of family for many things. Take a look at our
racing community. We call the entire community a family. We also have a
closer knit family that makes up the tour or series we participate in. From
there we can break it down into the teams that compete, they comprise a
family unit. The most basic of these is the homes that are represented on
We belong to one another on the basis of the events and activities we
participate in. We share a common language. We experience common
circumstances. Those events bind us together and we call it a family.
Marriage is different, it is when we stand before God and make a lifetime
commitment to submit to our wife or husband. We stand before God and give up
all our personal desires and replace them with the wants and needs of the
one we are marrying. We commit before God to maintain this relationship for
the rest of our lives. Marriage forms the foundational unit of society that
God describes in the Bible. Marriage is based on unconditional love. Paul
helps us understand what that means.
1Corinthians 12:31b-13:8a, 13;
Marriage is a relationship in which unconditional love is the foundation. We
need to commit to uphold the values of love that Paul outlines for us. I
encourage you to read them and apply them to your life. They will help make
all our relationships better and blessed. Following these will help you know
the love that God has for each one of us.
And now I will show you the most excellent way.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only
a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all
knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and
surrender my body to the flames, but have not love,
I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is
not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not
delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these
It took a little extra effort to get Rev. Dan back home from VIR in time
to be there for his son, but some things are worth losing sleep over. I was
blessed to be a part of something so special. Make the extra effort to love
unconditionally. Make the effort to show someone how much they mean to you.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
TIME, RIGHT PERSON - NEMA was at Star Speedway this last weekend and one
of the team members was called on to save a life. I am thankful that we are
willing to get involved, not just sit on the sidelines and watch the world
go by. Tara shares the details.
There was an older gentleman in the pits who went down and Jen Scravani
was the first one there to begin CPR. They worked on him for a long time as
Kathryn and I stood by earnestly praying. They finally got a pulse. He is in
fair condition in the ICU. I followed up with Jen yesterday. (She works in
Boston in the ER trauma).
It is a great testament to the willingness of the racing family to take
care of each other, thanks for sharing Tara .
GENERATION NEXT - I am sure all the drivers out there remember the
first time they drove into Victory Lane ; that is a special time. Imagine if
you will that that takes place at the premier short track in the country,
Bristol Motor Speedway. You begin to feel the excitement and emotion that
Rookie Tommy Barrett felt winning his first Whelen Modified Tour race at no
other that Bristol .
Bristol is an exciting place to win no matter what stage your career is
in, just ask Mike Stefanik. To win there in your rookie season and have it
be your first ever win on Tour just adds to the magic of it all.
I think that #22 team has figured out something, for the second year in a
row their car has graced Victory Lane at Bristol with two very different
drivers, an experienced multi-time champion and a rookie looking for his
first win. They probably want to race Bristol again!
ROLLING BACK TO MAINE - With the August Marathon in the rearview
mirror and a break in the schedule, Lynda and I are rolling back to Maine to
do a little camping and visit her folks. I won’t have much in the way of
connections so if you need something give Rev. Dan, Ray or Scott a call.
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