Several years ago, before the Sanctuary was built, I used to stand up on the roof of the church to direct the Coneheads (Parking lot guys) in parking cars. I could see the whole parking lot and tell them over the radio where the empty places were. One Sunday a young boy and his mom were walking into church. "That's him mom, I'm telling you that's him"... "No it's not"... "Yes it is, that's him I'm telling you, that's him." .. "No it's not, that is not God, it's just Mack up on the roof".
I was staying at a hotel. I hate sleeping at hotels. Some people take their pillow from home or a blanket they like, but that doesn't help. It's still a strange bed in a strange room with a strange bathroom and people walking around outside that I don't know and worse of all, clean sheets every night. I hate clean sheets. I don't mind them being clean, I just don't like the way they feel. I think this is a psychological problem from when I was in high school. My mom always insisted that us kids change our own sheets and to be sure that happened she would strip the bed at night, usually on Friday or Saturday night while we were out. We would come home at midnight or later to find the bed stripped with just a stack of folded clean sheets for us to put on the bed in the dark. I think I'm scarred for life... Anyway, this hotel had those beds that have that Swedish foam designed by NASA. What a great bed, there is no way to be uncomfortable. I even tried to get uncomfortable, couldn't do it. It forms to your body no matter how you move, it was the coolest thing. I was on my back, on my left side, on my right side, every time I moved I would sink down to the perfect spot and stop. I stayed up half the night I never sleep well in hotels..
God's like that: A lot of people mistake him for other things. They say God is punishing me, or God allowed that to happen, or God bought me a new car. When most of the time we did it ourselves. The cool thing is that God is always ready for whatever we do, he never leaves, he never gives up, he never stops loving us, he always understands. You can't be in a position where God is not there. I'm not saying that you will be happy all the time, I'm saying he'll be there. He's got big plans for you. You get to be part of God's big adventure.
I hardly ever get mistaken for God anymore, it's too much responsibility.
How about saving a kid's life!!
When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.
Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want). I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life. plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll set up an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.
Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).
Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.
Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.