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The Answer to Our Prayers

                                                                   
    January 11, 2017
Dear Friends,
Talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill.  Essentially that's what
happened on Sunday. For the second time this winter, the snow and ice made
it impossible to get our car out of the driveway.  We live on a little hill.

The after effects of the winter storm presented enough of a problem that it
caused the traction control mechanism in our Prius to engage.  I would
go up a little ways.  The tires would stop spinning.  The car would slide
back down.

I kept telling myself that if I tried a little harder, if I went at it from
another angle, if I just kept doing it again and again, everything would
magically change and I'd fly right up the driveway. They say that's the
definition of insanity.

After my umpteenth try I finally came to my senses and called a friend.  
Ray, who knows as much about cars as I do about theology, tried to
disable the traction control mechanism in the car.  As he was doing his
thing, I did mine.

Now I believe in the power of prayer.  Whether you are repeating the
serenity prayer to bring peace into a chaotic situation or reciting the
Lord's Prayer to remind yourself that God is with you, amazing things
happen when you pray.

The problem with praying is that prayers aren't always answered in the
way you expect.  As I was praying for Ray to have success in disabling
the traction control, another friend, Arthur, stopped by with a bucket
of sand.

It was perfect timing.  We got in the car and went right up and out of
the driveway.  The truth is that is how prayer works. The answer comes
at you in unexpected way.  I wanted to get out of the driveway.  Arthur
shows up.

I don't believe in coincidence.  God uses often uses people to answer
our prayers.  So next time something just happens, an unexpected
blessing, a help in time of need, look up.  Say "thank you" to God.  
It's proof God hears our prayers.

God bless. See you in church.

Cal
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