Archive for October, 2019

He Does What?

Who is God to you? Is he some illusive being out in the universe or is he a personal God who knows your name?

I’ve been thinking recently about the names of God: Jehovah, All Mighty, Ancient of Days, I AM that I AM, LORD, Lord God, Most High, Lord of Hosts, Everlasting God, and there are more. These names reveal His character;  righteous, all powerful, all knowing, ever present, love, holy, creator, healer, just, merciful, truth, forgiving, compassionate,  sufficient, faithful, judge of sin, and He never changes.

God is our shield, our rock, our hiding place, our fortress, our peace, our strength, our sure foundation, our shepherd. He can be trusted. He loves and provides a way of salvation through His son, Jesus Christ.

God hears our prayers, cares about our needs, grieves when we hurt, heals our wounds, forgives our sins, and when invited, lives within us. God desires a personal relationship with us.  One of the most precious things that God does is walk beside us. You may say, “He does what?” 

Visualize for a moment a father walking up a mountain trail with his young son walking beside him. When the journey gets rough, the father reaches out and takes the child’s hand to provide comfort, strength and safety. When the child says he is too weary and exhausted to go any more, the father picks him up and carries him on his shoulder.

When God walks beside us, it is an intimate relationship. He is a father who loves and cares deeply. He is close at hand, experiencing the journey with us just as the earthly father cares for his child.

This my friends, is my ever-present, Father God, who walks with me.

A few verses about God walking with us.

  • Deuteronomy 1:31 Moses is reminding the children of Israel how God cared for them as they wandered in the wilderness after leaving Egypt… “…you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.”
  • Psalms 23:4 “when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me. Your rod and staff they comfort me.” This is a picture of God as a shepherd walking with his sheep in a very difficult place.
  • Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will hold you up with my righteous right hand.”
  • Isaiah 42:6 “I the Lord, have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand…”
  • Isaiah 43:2 “I have called you by your name. You are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…..when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned….”

“Ring of Fire”

In southwest Virginia, nestled in the Appalachian foothills in the town of Wytheville at the intersection of Interstates 81 and 77, is a dinner theater called Wohlfahrt Haus.

Us younguns!

We were looking for something special for the family to do to celebrated Gene’s 70th birthday and stumbled across this hidden gem. Southwest Virginia is known for foot stumping, fiddle dancing, bluegrass and country music and there are quite a few venues that are very unique and just plain good and fun. Wohlfahrt Haus did not disappoint.

It didn’t suit the whole family to go.

The website for Wohlfahrt Haus list six different musicals for the 2019 year, each running two months, including a 50’s special, Country Gospel, the story of little orphan Annie, Christmas special, etc. During the months of September and October they are presenting “The Ring of Fire: the Music of Johnny Cash”. The following quote was taken from their website.

The story of the legendary “man in black” told through his music, taking you on a journey of passion, humor, and salvation. “Ring of Fire” features over 30 great hit songs such as “I Walk the Line”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Jackson”, and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”, all performed by a talented cast of singer/musicians. It will be a celebration of one of the greatest musical superstars of our time and the “world’s most famous rebel’- Johnny Cash!

Our evening started with a delightful, elegant, two hour, four course meal; pita chips and cheese dip, garden salad, roast beef and gravy, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, baked apples, hot dinner rolls and a luscious pumpkin cheesecake. We were at preassigned tables and served by a member of the cast.

Ryan and Lauren playing a card game while waiting for the musical to begin.

This turned out to be very special and made the evening over the top awesome! Our server, Jonathan Roth, was a very friendly, personable, high energy guy, who interacted with his guests and shared little tidbits about his role and life. He was really attentive and interactive with us and our grandkids and they had a blast. The dessert was served at intermission, again by the cast. Now, think about this. The cast not only served the meal and dessert but also performed in the two hour musical. At the end, they lined up in the lobby for guests to interact with them. Plus, they had already done the same thing for the noon matinee. It was very easy to want to tip our server and I suspect he did well!

Our three grandkids were the only youth in a theater full of mostly older people but they really enjoyed the whole venue. One admitted she didn’t know what to expect but it far exceeded what she expected. Karla and Ryan have participated in their school musicals so this was right down their alley. It has been really neat and special for our grandkids to really enjoy the good country music oldies with us.

The program was a collection of thirty songs, woven together with life stories and family photos. Personal and family tragedies marred his life and he battled demons of alcohol and drugs that he was never able to overcome. During times of drug rehab and remission, his songs often reflected faith and redemption.

If you are looking for something special, we highly recommend this venue. It was an evening we will remember for a long time. The 2020 season is already posted on their website.

No, you do not quite look like Mr. Nutcracker!

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