May 19, 2019

Grace Missionary Baptist Church

1301 Beacon Street



Prayer names

Richard Chaney, David Drukker, Edie Davis, Tom Finney, Dan Brubaker, Thelma Farmer, Effie Presnell, Kay and Jim Bowers, Scott Robbins, Betty Sawyer, Larry Timmins, Gertrude Burton, Dave and Betty Wagner, Larry Hayden

From The Pastor's Desk

A constant guide
A young pilot had just passed the point of no return when the weather changed for the worse. Visibility dropped to a matter of feet as fog descended to the Earth. Putting total trust in the cockpit instruments was a new experience to him, for the ink was still wet on the certificate verifying that he was qualified for instrument flying. The landing worried him the most. His destination was a crowded metropolitan airport he was not familiar with. In a few minutes he would be in radio contact with the tower. Until then, he was alone with his thoughts, his instructor had practically force him to memorize the rule book. He did not care for it at the time, but now he was thankful. Finally he heard the voice of the air traffic controller. "I'm going to put you on a holding pattern." the controller radioed. Great! As a pilot, however, he knew that his safe landing was in the hands of this person. He had to draw upon his previous instructions and training and trust the voice of an air traffic controller he could not see. Aware that this was no time for pride, he informed the controller, "this is not a seasoned pro up here. I would appreciate any help you can give me". "You've got it!" For the next 45 minutes, the controller gently guided the pilot through the blinding fog. As course in altitude corrections came periodically, the young pilot realized the controller was guiding him around obstacles and away from potential collisions. Whith the weeds of the rule book firmly placed in his mind and the gentle voice of the controller, he arrived safely at last. The holy Spirit guides us through the maze of Life much like the air traffic controller. The controller assumed that the young pilot understood the instructions of the flight manual. His guidance was based on that. Such is the case with the holy spirit: He can guide us if we have a knowledge of God's word and his will-established in our minds.