Fence Post of Faith Nov. 2010

Have you ever read Luke 2? It's the story of Jesus birth and I got to wondering why God told the shepherds first? But then all throughout the scriptures we see God honoring and using people & using things that the world often overlooks or ignores. I found a scripture in 1 Cor. 1 26-28 which Apostle Paul writes, "Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not may were influential; not many were of noble birth. BUt God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; GOd chose weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world & despised things..." When God makes his announcement, it is delivered to shepherds. It is like Jesus saying in the sermon on the mount, "If God cares about sparrows & and Lilies, he cares about you."If GOD cares about shepherds, He cares about us. We need to hear that don't we?  Mothers of children without a husband to help need to hear that. Homeless people need to hear that. People who are lonely need to hear that. Husbands who have lost there wives in death need to hear that. We all need to hear that. GOD made the announcement to the shepherds, & and I make it too you, Unto you a Savior is born. Such a big Miracle, in such a little Child.
Do me a favor this Holiday season, spend some time pondering what Christmas really means to you. Spend some time in silent's with your self, maybe go for a ride on a cold day, spend some time in your manger in prayer. Maybe attend a Christmas Eve service at a local church that you have not been to in while. This Christmas season be a blessing to someone that least expect it. I want to thank all who came to Cowboy Church at Columbia barrel bash, it was a good message and i'm glad I was able to share. Be sure to look at Renea 2011 barrel race locations. I want to leave you with a poem that a friend sent me about a simpler life that brings a smile to our face. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year. Well see you in the spring.

'Twas the night before Christmas & out on the ranch

The pond was froze over & so was the branch.

The snow was piled up belly-deep to a mule.

The kids were all home on vacation from school,

And happier young folks you never did see-

Just all sprawled around a-watchin' TV.

Then suddenly, some time around 8 o'clock,

There came a surprise that gave them a shock!

The power went off, the TV went dead!

When Grandpa came in from out in the shed

With an armload of wood, the house was all dark.

"Just what I expected," they heard him remark.

"Them power line wires must be down from the snow.

Seems sorter like times on the ranch long ago."

"I'll hunt up some candles," said Mom.  "With their light,

And the fireplace, I reckon we'll make out all right."

The teen-agers all seemed enveloped in gloom.

Then Grandpa came back from a trip to his room,

Uncased his old fiddle & started to play

That old Christmas song about bells on a sleigh.

Mom started to sing, & 1st thing they knew

Both Pop & the kids were all singing it, too.

They sang Christmas carols, they sang "Holy Night,"

Their eyes all a-shine in the ruddy firelight.

They played some charades Mom recalled from her youth,

And Pop read a passage from God's Book of Truth.

They stayed up till midnight-and, would you believe,

The youngsters agreed 'twas a fine Christmas Eve.

Grandpa rose early, some time before dawn;

And when the kids wakened, the power was on..

"The power company sure got the line repaired quick,"

Said Grandpa - & no one suspected his trick.

Last night, for the sake of some old-fashioned fun,

He had pulled the main switch - the old Son-of-a-Gun!

Adios Jeff Metcalf