In the movie Castaway,
the main character, played by Tom Hanks, is the sole survivor of a plane crash
that leaves him stranded on a remote island. He spends four years alone on the island
before finally escaping on a raft. He is eventually picked up by a passing
freighter and returns to his old life. But having spent so much time away from
civilization, he finds himself shocked by little things in life.
There’s a scene near the
end of the movie where he’s lying in bed, flipping the light switch on and off
repeatedly. After years of wood-gathering and fire-lighting on the island, the simplicity
and power of the light switch leaves him in awe.
We all live a life of
luxury today. We have roofs over our heads, food in our stomachs, refrigerators,
running water, air conditioning, heat, switches that instantly light up the
room, and a thousand other things designed to make our lives more comfortable
But living in all of this
luxury, there is one thing that we still lack, and that thing is appreciation.
We have become so spoiled that it never even occurs to us just how blessed we
are. We flip on light switches a dozen times a day without ever stopping to
think about their significance and the role they play in making our lives
Tom Hanks’ character had
to be stranded on an island for four years before he could really appreciate
the value of electric power. Without a doubt, we are just like he was before
the plane crash left him stranded on that island.
We go through life numb to
the blessings and luxuries around us, and we really need to change that. Instead of
continually complaining about things that are out of our control or things we
don’t like or agree with, we need to express thanks for what we have been
given, and pray that God will continually remind us of just how blessed we
thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
**Please join us in
celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mike and Patti Allison this afternoon, October 24th, from
1:00-2:30, at 41 Travis Road. No gifts please…but cards are welcomed! You can
mail them a card at the above address if you are unable to attend.
** We are planning a Trunk or Treat event at
Connor Park on Broadway next Sunday evening, October 31st, from 5:00-6:30. We will have hot dogs and our annual Trunk or Treat.
The community will be invited, so we need everyone to bring treats to pass out from
the pavilion or your trunk. You may want to bring your lawn chairs. The AIMers
will be here to help us.
** Linda Hayhurst came home
from the hospital, but she continues to have health problems. Please remember
her in prayer.
** Please keep Noe
Jackson’s father, Lauro Jackson, in your prayers. He is in the local hospital
with serious heart issues.
** Congratulations to
Hayley Klein and Rudy Melendrez Jr, members of the Tulia High School band. The
THS band earned all 1’s at district and competed in area in Lubbock yesterday.
We are proud of you, Hayley and Rudy!
** We want to give special
recognition to John Brookins on achieving the age of 96 years last Wednesday.
Happy Birthday John!!
Also keep these people in your
hearts and prayers:
Jennings, Darla Young, Gaye Young, Melody
Jennings, Linda Hodges, Lanelle Dovel, Bill Huff, Wynelle Waldo, Glen Waldo, Sr., Herb
Huff, Butch Moore, Annette Tracy, Terry Cash, Duane
Tracy, Sean Chambers, Linda Hayhurst, Lena
Allison, Gigi Barlow, Noe Jackson, Yvonne Nevins, Charles McKone,
Carolyn Cox, Jeff Swanson, Linda Cates, Gayle Scott, Theron Culwell,
Carolyn Culwell, Nelda Elliff, Dony House,Linda Magallanes, Tommy Stewart, Blake Pigg, Service
men and women, AIM, Mission Teams, College Students
Larry Stewart Daryl Tucker
Richard Combest Ross
Bobby Moudy Danny Tucker
Johnson Delphine Ruiz
Because the Lord is my
Shepherd, I have everything
I need! He lets me rest in
meadow grass and leads me
beside the quiet streams.
Bible Study at 9:30 Services at 10:30
Sunday:Bible Class...9:30 a.m.
Worship...10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Bible Class 9:30 A.M. Bible Study...6:00 p.m.
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month...potluck followed by
early evening services.