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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 8A □ Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, November 22, 1996 Herald Z e i t u n g Church Life ■ To talk with Jim Denery about Church Life, call 625-9144, Ext. 221. Church Page Daily BreadGod rewards the faithful, but they also may suffer pain Having weathered the storm, he thought, surely God will pull this thing together. He had done everything right. Gotten help for the marriage. Admitted his failures. Done his homework. In fact, he had done everything possible to make things work. After all, they were Christians. They had two kids. Leaders in the church and community. Surely God would not, could not, allow this marriage to break. But it did. And with painful tears he looked at me and asked the inevitable. “Why did God allow this to happen, Dennis? How could He allow this to end?” He is a friend who works out at the same gym. His younger brother, 46 years old and the father of four, has been diagnosed with cancer. To anyone not yet touched by this evil, it is assumed a death sentence. The wife said it first to him. “We’ve been going to church. We’ve tried to do everything right. How could this happen?” Ageless questions. And when life has you on the ropes there are no good answers. But there is a story about a man who asked the same questions. In fact, it is one of the oldest recorded stories in history. Isn’t it interesting that it had to do with God and pain? His name was Job and he lost it all in a heartbeat. The first assault took his children and all his earthly belongings. The second attack took his health. Now everything was a loss. His friends who at first comforted him turned on him. Even his wife told him to give up. “Curse God and die,” she said. Instead of comfort, he was told that God was angry and that it was his sin that caused the wrath. Maybe you have heard, or felt, the same. But a strange encounter that Job had no knowledge of had convened. Behind the curtain of heaven, in the throne room of God, a meeting had Dennis Gallaher Guest Column taken place. Job was the subject. God and Satan were debating whether or not Job was true to God. “If everything was taken, he would forsake You,” said the adversary. “You’re wrong,” said God, “take it and see.” Through all this, Job did not sin or blame God. “He will hate you if you take his health,” said the evil one. “He’s faithful out of love,” said God, “touch him and see.” And so he did. Yet Job remained faithful and tme to God. All through the multiple deaths of loss Job asked the tough questions. . All through he complained in pain and anguish. And the much talked about “patience of Job”? It was nonexistent. Job had little patience for pain. He waited but not very patiently. His gift was not patience but faithfulness. One writer said it well. “To us who have the New Testament, it would seem that Job had very little to go on, yet he kept on talking to God." He never gave up. He kept talking to the One who could deliver. In all his pain and anguish, Job Friedens Church plans Thanksgiving meal Come join your neighbors and friends! You won’t want to miss the Thanksgiving celebration at Friedens Church, 2555 Friedens Church Road, Geronimo on Sunday! Each year for more than 70 years the members of the church have brought fruits, vegetables and plants from their fields and gardens to decorate the church for Thanksgiving. Sharing their bounty to bring glory to God has become a lasting tradition. And this year the congregation will do the same. The Timmermann Sisters and members of the congregation will arrange the decorations and displays. They invite members of the community to come enjoy their work. Throughout 1996 Friedens Church has been celebrating it’s 100th anniversary. The Divine Worship Service at 10:15 a.m. will continue the celebration. The service of praise and thanksgiving will feature music by the Sanctuary Choir, the annual Totenfest Ceremony — honoring those members who have died during the past year, and a special tribute to the “Sites of Friedens.” The Rev. Ardie J Kendig’s message will be “IOO years of prayer and Thanksgiving.” Following the service everyone is invited to view the many decorations up close, see antique farm implements and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast prepared by the members of the church. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, com, gravy and all the fixings will be served in the Activity Center from noon to 2 p.m. A freewill donation will be taken. For reservations and directions to Friedens Church call 303-PRAY. The public is invited! (Submitted by Friedens Church) Rector at St. John’s receives new responsibilities in diocese The Rt. Rev. Thomas H. Beckwith, bishop of the Diocese of the Southwest, Anglican Church in America, has announced the appointment of the Very Rev. Robert W. Taggart, TOSA, rector of St. Joseph’s Anglican Church, New ^Braunfels, as dean of the eastern half of the diocese with responsibilities Bemardin leaves thoughts in print to teach others CHIC AGO (AP) — Cardinal Joseph Bemardin has left a printed legacy of personal reflection and the thoughts of others. The Roman Catholic cardinal’s book, “The Gift of Peace,” was completed shortly before his death last week of pancreatic cancer, and will be published by Loyola Press in January. In the book, Bemardin writes about discovering the true importance of prayer and about his imminent death. In an excerpt released recently, he recalls telling three priests in the mid-1970s that he was finding it difficult to pray and asking them if they could help. “In very direct — even blunt terms — they helped mc realize that as a priest and a bishop I was urging a spirituality on others that I was not fully practicing myself. That was a turning point in my life. These priests helped me understand that you have to give what they called, and what many spiritual directors today call, ‘quality time’ to prayer. It can’t be done ‘on the run.’ You have to put aside good time, quality time,” he writes. Bemardin says he “decided to give God the first hour of my day, no matter what, to be with him in preyer and meditation where I would try to open the door even wider to his entrance.” The cardinal’s Christmas cards were mailed out by the Archdiocese of Chicago last week. for the parishes in the eastern half of Texas and Oklahoma and those in Arkansas and Louisiana. Taggart also is a member of the Diocesan Standing Committee, the faculty of the Diocesan School of Theology and an examining chaplain of candidates for Holy Orders. To sell your car or home, advertise in the Herald-Zeitung by calling 625-9144. Come be a part of a new church this Christmas! Hill Country Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a mw congregation in formation* Wa moot in tho * Party Hall" next to Tommy Wilson's BSQ on U.S. 281 in Bulverde, TX Services begin Sunday, Dec. 1st at 1Dt30 A.M. You're Invited lo cow Worthio Sssli For Moro Information, call Rev. Ross Richardson 422-4584 or i-mail Let Krause’s make it easier on mom this Thanksgiving with Baked Sliced Turkov by the pound along with dressing and gravy. Also available, whole smoked Turkey’s and homemade Pumpkin Pies. Put your order in early (before Nov. 23) Closed Thanksgiving Day. nixse'sCafe 148 S. Casten    625-7301 Come See Us At Our New Location! 650-B Soul Seguin Next to TJ’s Burgers 625-1495 Haiw qjNail Salon Karen, Susan, Sharon & Kristin Receive $3 Off Your First Visit With This Ad! Walk-Ins Welcome! Hours: Tue.-Sat. & Evenings never gave up on God. And in the end Job passed the test. His creed became though he slay me, yet will / prosper. Elizabeth Elliott finishes the story for us. “The last words we hear from him are, Therefore / melt away; / repent in dust and ashes. Ashes, the place of his torment, become the place of his vision.” "Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, " said Jesus. Death — whether it be divorce, die empty nest, rejection of a lover, loss of one’s health, or death itself — is always meant to bring life by God. Nothing is wasted by Him. Everything dead is used to fuel nutrients into the unseen purposes of His love for you. If only we had eyes to see the greater life that always comes from death! How can your pain somehow be all right with God? How can a good and righteous God allow His children to suffer such great pain? Doesn’t God care? Doesn’t He take into account what we’ve tried to do right? Why do good people suffer? There are few answers. 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