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Living in the Moment

May 3, 2017
Dear Friends,

I was upset and a bit embarrassed.  I was told that they had reserved a
seat for our group.  When I went to find the seats, the table was full.  I
asked a woman about it.  She shrugged her shoulders and told me to find
a table elsewhere.  I matched the woman's lack of graciousness by stomping
off like a five year old.

There was an empty table in the back.  I laid claim to it and began looking
for other refugees being turned away from the reserved seating section.  My
friends arrived and so did a host of others.  By the time the evening ended
I had made new friends. Looking back I realized I was right where I was
supposed to be.

It's said that, "life is what happens when you are busy making other plans."
We like to think we are in control. Yet, interruptions, last minute changes,
fluctuations in the atmospheric pressure and simple human errors happen.
It is in moments like these that God often steps in to test our character and faith.

The book of Ecclesiastes tells us, "To everything there is a season, and a
time for every matter under heaven." It points to these 'kairos" moments
where things happen according to God's timing. If you trust God, these are
times of significant opportunity and times when remarkable things can happen.

It's true. Having been blessed on the first night, I decided to trust God. On
the second evening, I went straight to the back of the hall. Far removed from
the dignitaries and important people, I waited to see what God had planned.
That's how I met Louis Marciano. He came in and asked if he could sit at
my table.

Before long I began to realize that this man was a living legend. He was a
World War 2 veteran who spent two years in the South Pacific. He was a
teacher, administrator and coach in the Providence School system and
member of the Rhode Island Secondary School Hall of Fame. His list of
accolades was long.

Louis was also a distinguished Rotarian. A past District 7950 Governor, he
had been around the world. He'd represented six different Rotary International
Presidents. In 2008 he received the highest honor Rotary awards to its members.
He was given the Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award.

I had to laugh as I thought about it. Of all the people in that hall, he chose
to sit next to me. I was blessed. So the next time things don't quite go the
way you planned, don't get upset. Look around. Enjoy the "kairos" moment
and see what God has planned for you. You just might receive an unexpected

God bless!  See you in church.  

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