Pastor Yates Weekly Message.



April 24, 2017

Good Monday morning to you all.  Pray that you had a great weekend, whether you had to work or not.  At the Main Campus only, our chaplain for the week is Edith Dobbins, assisted by Patsy and Mindy.  Our on call chaplain is Bill Palmiter at pager # 615-963-1743.  As usual, you can contact me at pager # 615-963-1724, or extension 7120.  Please do not hesitate to call us if you need us for anything.  We also offer church services at the Madison Campus only on Sundays on the Geriatric Unit at 10am, in the Mall at 11:25am, and on the Acute B Unit at 12:55pm.
Our Scripture for the week is Daniel 6:10; …three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to God, just as he had done before…
A friend was coming to town.  He is a very busy man and his schedule was tight, but after a difficult day in important meetings, he managed to see my family for half an hour for a quick and late dinner.  We enjoyed his visit, but I remember looking at my plate and thinking, “We only got the crumbs of his time.”  Then I remembered how many times that God gets the crumbs of my time—sometimes just the last minutes before I fall asleep.  God desires a relationship with us.  In the morning we can invite Him into our day, and then we can praise Him and ask Him for His help throughout the day.  At other times we can treasure some time alone with Him and reflect on His faithfulness.  As we spend time with Him, we grow in our relationship with Him and learn to be more and more like Him.
A father was at the beach with his children when the 4-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead on the sand.  “Daddy, what happened to him?” the son asked.  “He died and went to heaven,” the Dad replied.  The boy thought for a moment and then said, “Did God throw him back down?”
Thank you for all you do and all you are.  May God richly bless you and yours, and may everything that your hands touch prosper.  And, remember:  those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
     Chaplain Harry