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Tandra Page 1579, Guest Commentary

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I’m sitting on my back porch looking out over the yard as the rising sun brightens the Eastern sky.

I’m holding in my hand a copy of the printed publication my church sends out each month to members. This is a snail mail release sent to Post Office and residential mail boxes. This paper publication is titled “The Scroll” and it contains church news and announcements. Above the fold on the back side (page four) is the regular commentary, normally written by the pastor, though other hands occasionally make contribution. The most recent release (October 2018, which is the one I am holding in my grubby little paws) displays a commentary under the heading “Minister’s Message;” When I read it I thought this observation was one of the best presentations I have read for some time, much better than what normally comes from my keyboard. So impressed was I that I asked Preach for permission to share his message with Tandra Readers. He graciously consented and following is the “Minister’s Message” from “The Scroll” dated August 2018;

Those of you who know me, know that I am a fan of The Andy Griffith Show. Because people know this, I am sometimes asked what my favorite episode is. Without hesitation, I respond, "Opie the Birdman".

The show starts light with Barney showing Opie how to use a slingshot and telling him the story of David and Goliath. Opie asked where David got the rubber for the slingshot and we all laugh when Barney says an "old tire".  

Then the show turns sad when Opie accidentally kills a momma bird  with his slingshot. Opie in his grief begs the momma bird not to die by repeating these sad words, "Flyaway bird, flyaway".  The bird has died and Opie is left to deal with his grief. He does so by taking care of the baby birds that he named Winken, Blinken, and Nod.

The show ends with Andy explaining to Opie that the birds were not made for the cage and he must let them go. One by one he lets them go saying to each one, "fly away". They fly up into the trees and immediately begin to sing.

Opie looks at the cage and says, "Pa, the cage sure does seem empty."  Andy responds with the sound of birds singing in the background and says, "Yes, but aren't the trees nice and full".

In this life, we sometimes laugh, we sometimes grieve and we shall someday die. But for children of God the cage of mortality cannot hold us, for we are destined to rise above this earth with joy in our hearts and a song on our lips.

Isaiah 40:31 says it this way, "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint".

To God be the glory ,

Pastor Richard Doyle

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