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Pastor's Update 

Let Us Love One Another
 

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God." (1 John 4:7 NKJV)

 
A wife was looking through some old boxes and trying to “downsize” their home.  Over the course of the day, she came across a box that had a white ribbon around it.  Carefully, she untied the ribbon and lifted the lid.  Old pictures of family and friends filled the box: first house, first car they owned, the day they brought their first child home, even a picture at the wake of her Dad.
 
Some old negatives would have to be developed at Photomart to see what they were.  She couldn’t make them out very well, but she thought she knew what they were.
 
When they were developed, she quickly looked through the pictures and found the prints she was looking for.  There it was… a younger, slimmer her, taken on the first date with her husband.  Tears filled her eyes as she looked at the young lady in love.  She had known almost from the beginning that this would be the person she would spend her life with.  The pictures were her treasures.
 
When she got home, she prepared a nice dinner and wrapped a package with the redone prints inside.  He came home and was surprised how lovely everything was and was even happier when he saw how radiant and beautiful his lovely wife looked.  Finally, after a glass of champagne and some soft music, she let him open the gift.  He looked at the pictures and his face lit up, and a tear welled up when he saw… THE PICTURE.   … “Wow, look at that! He said.  “It’s my old Plymouth!”
 
He may get out of the hospital next week!
 
PRAYER: Lord, I wish I could always say the right thing at the right time.  All too often, I put my foot in my mouth.  Forgive my insensitivity or callousness, especially toward my family.  Make my words thoughtful and caring today, through Christ I pray.  Amen.
 

Ministry to the Armed Forces
April-May-June 2009


 

 

Rev. Mark Gefaller is the pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in North Richland Hills, Texas.  Mark graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1985.  In 2011, he spent a year at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary after which he was called to serve at Immanuel.  In addition to serving the Lord in pastoral ministry, Mark has served as a military missionary with the Navy/Marine Corps, and as a contact pastor in campus ministry for Cornell College. Mark was married to his college sweet-heart, Beth Nichols, in May of 1980.  Together they have been blessed with with four children and six grandchildren.
 

The Teaching Church! ~ Matthew 28:19-20