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So having an official license to baptize worms and a fishing pole with all the appropriate doodads I went to try it all out at the Mt Hood Community Pond. I found a spot and sat down and attached the sinker and the hook and a float and the bait and cast it out about 30 feet into the shadows of the pond.
There was the flutter of large wings and a heron came and landed some 20 feet away. He stood there looking at me for a few minutes and then proceeded to walk out to within about 10 feet of the bobber, plunge his head into the water and snag a fish. With an expert flip he then swallowed it whole, looked at me, and flew off.
Undeterred I reeled in the line and cast to a different part of the pond. There was this piercing cry from above and there was a large hawk sitting at the top of a tall snag. Then the hawk through himself out and then plunged to the surface of the pond about 5 feet from the bobber and snatches a good 12-inch trout and flies off.
Once again I reel in the bait and and redeploy to another spot. A few minutes passed then the bobber began to bounce when my friend the heron showed up and snatched a fish not more than a few feet from the bobber and flew off again.
So I decided to call it quits. As I was reeling in the bobber a group of ducks chased it all the way to the bank. I am going to try another spot tomorrow.
This morning I journeyed to the parts store again for the fuses and a relay switch. There was something I was forgetting but I couldn’t bring it up to the front burners of my mind. When I got to Stark street I remembered……Breakfast. I hadn’t eaten anything and now my stomach was reminding me in a continual barrage of rumblings.
Well, there was a Jack in the Box and so I went to get Breakfast. So for $3.49 you get 2 eggs 5 silver dollar pancakes hash browns and 4 strips of bacon and a small coffee.
Then I turn around and there are 5 homeless pooling the fortunes for something and so I go to them and said if you would order off the dollar menu I’l cover the tab. So for $10 dollars 5 people had breakfast with coffee. None of them knew about Anawim and so I told them ow to get there and the times we were open.
They had come in on a rail car from Albuquerque New Mexico Someone said they heard their were jobs to be had here in Oregon but they are finding out that it was just a myth…….Brought back memories from the eighties and people chasing the phantoms of a possible job and a escape from the streets.
I got my parts and am now waiting for my feet to stop aching and my homeopathic muscle relaxers to kick in. One of the guys here had a pedometer to measure walking distances and so I had borrowed it and it is 3.97 miles round trip to the part store. 4 miles even if you include Jack in the Box. Not bad for and out of condition ol’ Geezer. Heh, heh, heh.
On Tuesdays in Gresham we have a work day where some folks work for pay and others just volunteer and some for community service. But I am finding that even after they have fulfilled their community service requirements for the justice system they return on their own because this is their place. They are taking ownership of the grounds and the church and they are becoming disciples.
But they are still living on the street. It is a constant dream of mine to secure a house with property a couple of acres maybe 5 or 10 where they could live and grow deeper in the wisdom of the Lord and in the depths of the Holy Spirit.
There she was: a Mom with two little munchkins strapped into their seats in the back of the car surrounded by groceries. The hood of her car up. There he was: a tow truck driver parked directly in front of her trying to get her to pay $50 for a jump. Here I am with a set of jumper cables. I walk up to her and say do you know how to use these? She nods. I hand her the cables and pop my hood and then pull in beside her. She hands me the other end of the cables and I make the hook up and she turns the key and varoom the engine comes to life. We disconnect; she thanks me and drives away.
Tow truck driver comes to me and says I owe him $50…….I started laughing, put the hood down, put the cables away and drove off.
Today I was at the Laundromat. So as the clothes were doing their thing I was outside sucking up some vitamin D. As I stared out across the parking lot I noticed a guy walking to a pick up truck carrying a 5 gallon can of gas. The driver of the truck was smoking and the young man opens the door and hands the driver the can,and as he does this, I notice that the can only has a spout and no lid. The young man takes his seat and the can is on his lap and the spout is pointing towards the driver and the young man produces a cigarette and leans towards the driver who lights the cigarette with his lighter as they both pull out into traffic and speed away…
And that ladies and gentlemen, is a demonstration of God’s abundant grace and Mercy.