Central Baptist Church of Westerly
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God Is Like An Old Friend

                                                           
  September 6, 2017
Dear Friends,

Rick was my first, best friend. I think we met on the school bus. We moved
to Colchester when I was six years old. Before long we hit it off. By the time
we were in third grade. I spent as much time at his house as I did my own.
It seemed like we did everything together.

We lived a half mile apart. I'd get home from school, change my clothes,
and hop on my bike to meet him. You could do that back then. Things
seemed safer. Every summer we camped out, hiked in the woods and rode
our bikes for miles around. We always had fun.

We lived for the summer.  He had two sisters and a brother.  They were
older.  I was blessed. I  got to tag along with Rick when they decided to
do a beach day.  Their favorite destination was Misquamicut Beach down
here in Westerly.  For us as friends, it was the best of times.

We loved fast cars.  When his sisters were working at the Connecticut
Dragway in East Haddam, I got to go there with them too.  I didn't know
how fortunate I was.  I took it for granted.  I had lots of opportunities
during those years simply because we were friends.

A week ago I got my dream car, a candy apple red, Ford Mustang GT,
five speed convertible.  How I got it is an amazing story I am saving for
another day.  It is a reminder though, that dreams do come true.  It got
me thinking about Rick as I was driving it home.

I haven't seen him in a number of years. T he day we got our driver's licenses
and started working, we became preoccupied with other things.  We drifted
apart.  We got busy.  We started moving in different directions and new
things filled our time.  It happens too often.

The truth is that the same thing can happen in our relationship with God.
Relationships have to be nurtured and cultivated.  You have to make them
a priority or else all you end up with are a few memories.  The Good News
is that God is always ready to make time for us.

So why not make it a point to strengthen your relationship with God?  If
you've lost touch over the years, reach out to Him.  Sit down.  Spend a little
time catching up in prayer.  Then start building new memories.  You will be
amazed at how easy it is.  Don't put it off.  Do it today.

God bless. See you in church.  

Cal
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