Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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January 21- January 27


Scripture Passage: “One generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the earth abides forever.  The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, and returns to the place where he arose.  The wind goes toward the south, and turns about to the north; it whirls about continually, and the wind returns again according to his circuits.  All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from where the rivers come, there they return again.  All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.”  

                                                                      Ecclesiastes 1: 4-8


Dear Friends,

     My family members are weather junkies.  We keep up with weather forecast and patterns that will ultimately affect us.  Most conversations begin with “what’s it doing up there,” to “what’s the temperature there?”  Then we begin to compare and contrast our weather conditions and make our own predictions about tomorrows forecast.  All the children and grandchildren call in to headquarters (Mammaw and Papaw’s house) first thing in the morning so that in a matter of an hour we have a first- hand report on weather conditions from Kingsport to Chattanooga.  We find out what kind of damage there has been and if anyone needs our help.  If the call went out for help, the entire family would be gathered within hours.  Some of my most fond memories of childhood are the snow days spent with family and the daily chores that we accomplished to make sure everyone was cared for until the “cold spell” passed.  There is still a child within me that enjoys snow and all the challenges it brings. 


     I am not a person who buys in to all the hype about global warming, but we can all recognize that weather patterns have changed over the past decades.  I was a Senior in high school in 1979.  We went to school two days in the month of January and only half the month of February.  Every time they would announce we would return to school, it would snow again that night and school would be cancelled again.  We had to go to school on many Saturdays, there was no Spring Break, and we went part of the month of June before I graduated.  In the winter of 1984 it snowed and temperatures plummeted to -17 F.  (Not wind chill, actual temperature) The creek froze over and I had to break ice for the cattle to drink.  It was so cold, any skin exposed to the wind froze.  We were stranded because the truck would not start and we had no other way of going.  As I am writing this there is a smile upon my face, because Patty and I were young and thoroughly enjoyed being home together.  I truly believe it snowed more back then than it does now, and when it did, it lasted longer.  In March of 1993, I was in Nashville with my church for the Youth Evangelism Conference where we got iced in and could not get home.  The interstate was closed for three days and back home in Rogersville snow drifts measured four feet.  Today it is remembered as the Blizzard of 93 and everyone has a collection of memories that are shared by those who experienced it.  



In Christ, 

Pastor Johnny