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My dad liked to say "the train must have just come through." How did he know?... “it left its tracks.”

In Carroll, train whistles become part of the background noise. (Even though it sometimes sounds like they are coming through the church parking lot.) I like trains though.  I like to sleep with my window open and listen to the whistles in the distance come closer, and closer, and closer. 

Isn't that the way life is? A few weeks ago we could see the light of the first day of school barreling down the tracks and as I write this our students are now in school for their first day. With cooler mornings this week we can sense the press of fall and then inevitably winter on the tracks not too far ahead. 

Personally many things barrel down on us: Jobs, family demands, the unexpected bill, a car accident, impending surgery, even death.

Jesus warns us about getting too worked up about the speeding freight trains that may or may not come our way.  “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."(Matthew 6:34 The Message)

Oh that we could just do that. But it is worth trying. Take a moment to turn your attention from the blasting whistles of tomorrow (or the ones we imagine may come) and check out the signs that God is here now.   You can tell God has been here… because God has left God's tracks (signs of God's working among us) if we just stop to notice them. 

Next time I ask, "Where have you seen God this week?" you may have a story to tell.

 Because of Jesus,

Pastor Terry




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