The King is Coming

Thousands of people were gathering in, some to one side of the lake (Centennial St) and some to the other (Eastchester).  As the night fell eyes scanned the horizon for new activity.  Then all at once all heads were lifted and turned upward to see the first fireworks of the Uncle Sam Jam at Oak Hollow Lake in High Point.

Kay and I were privileged to view the fireworks with our friends, the Va Na Tha, the Sa That Lian and Peng Len families (13 people).   We talked to Nyein on the cell and discovered his family was viewing the fireworks from the other side of the lake.  John Brand took Klo Say’s family to see the fireworks at Creekside Park in Archdale.
As we made our way to the hillside to view the fireworks we chose a spot to spread some blankets and were delighted to find we were next to the Lao family of Jim.  Jim works full time to support his family but is also a student at High Point University working on a degree in Business.  Kay said it best, “There is nothing like seeing fireworks beside the eyes of those who are new arrivals in America”.

My father’s birthday was on the fourth of July so this holiday has always been special to me.  When Kay and I decided we wanted to see the fire works we were delighted that we could let our newly freed Burmese see how the United States celebrates this annual anniversary of our country.

“(1 Cor 15:51,52 NIV)  Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed– in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”  I believe in the immanency of the coming of Christ, I see this teaching throughout the Bible, there is nothing to prevent the Lord’s return at any minute.  I’ve often wondered what this might be like, maybe everyone is outside anxiously looking upward.   Whatever the case, as a believer in Christ I look forward to being with God in heaven forever!

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About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on July 5, 2008, in K-L, O-P, S, Uncategorized, V-Z. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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