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Look to the One Who Knows the Future

                                                            
 February 1, 2017

Dear Friends,

Of all the fun filled holidays, I never really got into Ground Hog Day.  
I guess I just didn't get it.  How can a woodchuck tell when winter is
going to end?  Do they have a sixth sense?  Can they really tell the
future?  Maybe they can?

Lori's grandfather used to say that it is the squirrels you need to watch.
If they are gathering lots of nuts then it is going to be a long winter.
If you see them scurrying around, then you'd better get prepared.

The truth is that I don't pay much attention to the weather forecasts
any more.  Half the time they are wrong.  I used to joke that every
frantic forecast was sponsored by Stop & Shop or Home Depot just
to get people out to the store.

My father used to watch meteorologist Hilton Kaderli on WFSB
Channel 3 out of Hartford. He said that Hilton got it right more than
anyone else.  It was like he had a direct link to someone "up there."

So why am I bringing this up?  I saw a report about the crowds getting
ready to welcome Punxsutawney Phil.  They want to see what he says
about the future.  That's when it hit me.  We don't need Phil to tell us
the future because we all have a connection "up there."

Our connection with God may not be able to predict the weather, but it
does come in handy when we face challenges in our lives.  It hooks us
up with the One who stands in the gap and gives us the strength to
overcome the storms.

If I am going to put my faith in someone or something, I'm going to go
with the One who created it all.  I'm going to look up and seek his
face and trust him.  After all, he holds my future in His hands.

So go ahead and have fun on Ground Hog's Day, but for the really
important stuff, I'd suggest you look to God.  No shadow will scare
him away and he will never let you down.

God bless! See you in church.  

Cal
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