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Topic: GLUTTONY (overindulgence and overconsumption) (01/15/15)
- TITLE: The Lord Provides
By Leonard Granger
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John 6-31-35 " Our fathers ate the manna in the desert: as it is written. He (Moses) gave them bread from heaven to eat, Then Jesus said to them, " Most assuredly I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. Then they said to Him, " Lord give us this bread always". And Jesus said to them, " I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst".
I can recall my family how our life was very difficult, but the Lord always was there to protect us. My father with a 10th grade education married my mother after she graduated high school in 1930. It was in the great depression but they looked to the Lord for guidance and attended church regularly with my mother playing the piano in the church services. A farm job for a married couple was awaiting them and they praised the Lord; also my mother liked his old model A Ford car. In 1932 when I was born, times turned worse and my parents were laid off the farm and moved to town. A relative, sold them an old two story house for a small price and the document said, monthly payments to be made whenever financial conditions improve. A blessing as they had a roof over the families head and dad found part time work to help. However, food was more important than gas for the car, so the prized Model A Ford was traded even up for a bicycle.
As winters in Iowa are severe with plenty of cold weather, dad and others would gather coal along the railroad tracks. The Illinois Central steam engine trains dropped coal from the coal tender cars as they left the terminal and repair shops on their cross country trips.
One summer the radio announced that a train had been struck by a tornado east of town and the wooden freight cars of that day were split open spilling frozen meat, and other produce. They also said, anyone in need of food was welcome to help take away the damaged items. I can remember helping my parents with the older car they then had, go out to the train accident location. The farmer had opened his fence gates to allow the multitude of people helping themselves. The railroad cars lay broken open, but the train wheels were still on the tracks, to everyone's surprise, as the tornado had lifted the cars off the tracks and dropped them in the farmers field. We had a good stock of food, fresh bananas and vegetables, some meat and dented canned goods. The Lord again had met our needs and dad later had a job at John Deere Tractor Company. He never failed to give a generous offering each Sunday in church, as we sang and worshiped our gracious and loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My father was blessed over and over and he lived to a ripe old age serving the Lord , and he left my mother several million dollars, as she lived 14 years as a widow. The Lord is there to meet our needs if we live a life looking to Him for guidance and protection.
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