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Central Baptist Church of Westerly
16 Elm Street, Westerly, RI   02891
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Being There is the First Step                   May 22, 2013

Dear friends,

It was a big day in our house.  Our oldest daughter, Rebecca, was graduating from
New York University with her Master's Degree.  NYU was Becky's "dream
school" from her high school days.  She had been accepted two times before but the
steep tuition forced her to look elsewhere for her education.

After teaching for a few years, Becky decided to go back to school.  She was
accepted into a joint program between Long Island University and New York
University with a double major in Library Science and Information Technology.
This time she went.  

On Wednesday she graduated.  I met my mother-in-law, Bev Duntz, and we drove
down to New Haven to catch the Metro North commuter train into the city.  I like
taking the train.  Once you are aboard you can sit back and relax for the next two
hours.  No stress.  No worries.  You can read, sleep or even get up to stretch your
legs.  I did all three.

We had a great day.  The graduation was at Yankee Stadium.  We ate our
celebratory lunch at the Dinosaur Barbecue Restaurant in Harlem.  We finished up
with a ride in a New York City taxi, but that's a story for another time.  As if that
wasn't enough to fill our day with memories, when I got home I got word that Bev
and I were on the news at WFSB Channel 3.

We were filmed as the background of a story about Metro North's return to service
after the major accident last week.  It had nothing to do with us.  We were just
happened to be on the platform waiting for the train.  Yet because we were there,
we became a part of a bigger story.

As I thought about it, it struck me that being there is important.  I'm not talking
about the train station.  I am talking about being open and ready for God to use
you.  I try to start my day by asking God to direct my steps to a place he can use
me.  Amazing things happen when I do that.

God is alive and well.  He uses people like you and me to bring love to those who
feel forgotten and alone.  He uses us to bring hope to those who have suffered
much.  He sends us out to share his truth and to bring the lost sheep home.  It can
only happen if we are willing to be there, ready to be used, when the time comes for
God to reveal something of the bigger picture.

So enjoy whatever plans you have for this day.  Just keep your ears and eyes open
and be ready for God's call.

God bless. See you in Church.  Cal