Soaring on Wings Like an Eagle
I missed church two Sundays ago because I was at Genevieve’s 20th year college reunion. Oberlin College is a small school so they had not just her year but each decade was represented. It was an interesting inter-generational experience, as they had clusters of graduates from each decade, i.e. 70’s, 80’s 90’s, etc. We had gatherings with both our cluster groups, as well as general meetings of all the generations together.
As an outsider, it was interesting for me to observe what people of different ages tended to focus on in their interactions with their peers. The more recent graduates talked mostly about their careers, recent marriages, and/or young children. Those of us in the twenty year group had generally settled down, had older children who still lived with us, and we shared pictures and stories about them. Older groups talked about grown children, grandchildren, growing older, health troubles, etc.
Shortly after I came back, I did a funeral for an 86 year-old woman, Wilma Winder, who lived just down the road from the Huron Presbyterian Church. Some of you may know her daughter Joy Parish and son Roy Winder. Anyway, when they were going through her things, they found a prayer card in her wallet, which read as follows.
“Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself, that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity to not use it all, but thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details, give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and the love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others pains but help me to endure them with patience.
I dare not ask for improved memory but for a growing humility and a cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Tell me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet, I do not want to be a saint- some of them are hard to live with- but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people. And give me, Lord, the grace to tell them so. Amen”
- Author Unknown
Obviously, this prayer is a bit tongue in cheek about the challenges of growing older, and I like its very honest nature. However, Isaiah 40:31 talks about ways to renew ourselves at any age, or whatever your generation. It says that “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not
grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Eagles were an ancient symbol of renewal,
much like the mythical Phoenix, the firebird who rose from its own ashes. This was because eagles grow new sets of feathers each year, e.g. 7,000 on a bald eagle. Keep trusting in God, and perhaps your prayers will be like new feathers sprouting forth in your spiritual life. Even slightly sarcastic, honest prayers like Wilma’s are good for the soul.
Rev. Walter Stuber
First Presbyterian Church
11988 W. Main St., Wolcott, NY 14590
Successful Spring Rummage Sale!!
Once again the Church’s Women Association sends out a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who helped in any way to make this sale a success. Our profit was $2,155.85. The Women use this money for local missions like the local Fire Department, Lake Shore Ambulance, local Food Pantry, and camperships for our youth. When needed, we help with maintenance of our Church.
The Fall Rummage Sale will be the first weekend in October. Save your “goodies” till then.
- Mary Ann
Thank you to all who helped for Bruce Pankratz’s Memorial and family gathering. From setup to cleanup, for food contributions to serving, everything was appreciated.
Books - Tools - Toys - Furniture - Etc.
Deacon’s Yard Sale will be on July 21st and 22nd. Set up will be July 19th and 20th.
Our next event will be helping with the ham dinner. We will also be working on this summer’s camping weekend.
Our checkbook balance was $3,733.40. We collected $36.40 in cans and bottles, making our new balance $3,769.80.
- Mary Lou
Food Pantry wish list: jams & jellies, cereal, pork & beans, baked beans, canned fruit, mayo, salad dressing.
- Mary Lou
2 Cents a Meal
May’s collection was $76.00, making our total to date for this year $369.00. Great job, everyone!
- Mary Lou
If you can help by working or making pies, signup sheets are at church. Hope everyone can help.
- Mary Lou
We will need lots of help.
If you can make baked goods or help selling, contact Henrietta Trine.
Serve shortcake, make shortcake, contact John Gingerich or Carol Merrell.
Help with kids area, contact Izetta Younglove or Kim Kilmer.
Sell raffle tickets, contact Bob Stell.
The more hands, the better. Come support our church and serve our community. Let’s have fun!!
- Mary Lou
The committee is always looking for new faces. If you would like to join us, let Pastor Walter or Mary Lou know. Some new words for your thoughts this month.
“Give up resentment and become more forgiving.
Give up hatred and return good for evil.
Give up complaining and be more grateful.
Give up pessimism and become more hopeful.
Give up worry and become more trusting.
Give up anger and become more patient.
Give up pettiness and become more noble.
Give up gloom and become more joyful.
Give up doubt and turn to God.”
- Mary Lou
Friday, June 9th: Ham Dinner. 5- 7 p.m. Take-outs available from 4:30-5:00 p.m. Adults-$10; children (6-12)-$5; under 6 free
Sunday, June 11th: Children’s Day; picnic to follow
Monday, June 12th: Red Cross Blood Drive at the Wolcott Public Library, 2-7 p.m.
Saturday, June 17th: Strawberry Festival in the Park: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Parade 2 p.m., chicken BBQ – noon
SUNDAY, JUNE 18TH: STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL SERVICE AT HURON
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AT 10 A.M.
Wednesday, June 21st: Choir Picnic
Friday and Saturday, July 21st and 22nd: Deacons’ Yard Sale. Setup on July 19th and 20th
August 26th: Golf Tournament
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