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Tuesdays Torch week 420

Tuesday’s Torch

01/31/17

By: Tim Sader

Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. (Psalm 34:11)

Beside grandparents aunts and uncles were the people who formed my perspective of what the world was like. All of them are hardworking people, very respectful and fun loving. I learned invaluable lessons from each of them during my childhood. The aunts and uncles on my dad’s side of the family all lived in different parts of Wisconsin. I got to spend a good bit of time with Aunt Judy and Uncle Jim when we would visit or they would visit us. Aunt Judy is a beautician so many of my hair cuts she had something to do with. Uncle Jim is a retired police officer who could fix anything. When he would come for a visit he would make a list of projects he could complete at our house. Aunt Linda is married to Uncle Dan who is also Uncle Jim’s Brother. She was very crafty, made my brother and me Teddy Bear Christmas stockings that still look new today. Uncle Dan was a wood worker and could make things using wood. He made me a toy truck when I was little. Aunt Donna was independent and made a nice life for herself and three kids by being a bus driver. My mom had one brother and one sister so I had two aunts and uncles on her side of the family. They all lived in Minnesota so I got to spend more time with them and stay at their house a few times a year. Aunt Nancy and Uncle Ron lived in a lake house so in summer it was a lot of fun to visit to go swimming, boating and fishing. Uncle Ron was a master electrician and owned an installation business. Aunt Nancy took care of the office work and was a stay at home mom until my cousin left home. Uncle Ray and Aunt Geri lived in northern Minnesota for a while but I remember them living in the country on a dirt road near Grandpa Bob. Like my grandpa Uncle Ray was a truck driver and worked third shift for many years. Aunt Geri was a food worker in a nursing home and enjoyed being in the kitchen baking and canning food at home. I liked going to their house to enjoy the country life. I enjoyed learning about horses, rode one a few times and drove the lawnmower around their property. In the winter or while Uncle Ray slept I enjoyed watching movies with my aunt and cousins.

I learned so many things on mini vacations to see aunts and uncles in Minnesota. Aunt Nancy can communicate very well, she enjoyed sharing memories and different stories with me. For many years she wanted to be an aunt even before she had her son Rob. Each of her nieces and nephews knew they were her favorite and if the whole world turned on us she would still love us. Through her example we got to experience the love of Christ like when He let the children come to Him. I have never known a happier musical instrument than the accordion and she loved playing it. We would joyfully worship the Lord for hours at a time (Ps. 100:2). She would also get me to church even when I needed extra help getting up and down the stairs for kid’s church. For different reasons I enjoyed my time at Uncle Ray’s house. He was built like most truck drivers brawly with a full beard and trucker’s hat. He is a tough guy with a big heart but I knew it might not be good to see Him angry. I always felt safe with him because I felt things were safe with him around (Lk. 11:21). He helped me stop being afraid of clowns when I became one in a parade with my cousins. I enjoyed fishing with him and Grandpa Bob just to be with them even we would catch nothing (Jn. 21:3). Uncle Ray had a weekend job working for an old farmer. I think he did this more to help the farmer than to make extra money. He worked hard to bless this man and give him what he himself couldn’t do anymore (Acts 20:35). From aunts and uncles I learned to be self-controlled; they set a good example for me and taught me to have integrity and work hard in everything I would do (Ti. 2:6-7).

Someone reading this feels like they have wasted the lessons they learned as a child. Others feel they had no positive lessons from their extended family. They feel they have wasted the majority of their life and even with hard work there’s no reason to change now. God is not worried about what we haven’t done yet but in what we could do with the time we have left. With a shift in attitude, thinking and a little action now the Lord can help get us back to where we belong.

Lord we ask that you would help us to see the positive lessons we have learned in this life and for us not to waste them. Help us to work hard to bless others who need a helping hand. Help us to know you love us and would be there for us even if the whole world turns on us. Make us glad to call you Lord and fill our heart with joyful songs. In Jesus Name, Amen

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

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Tuesdays Torch week 419

Tuesday’s Torch

01/24/17

By: Tim Sader

The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. (Proverbs 22:9)

Grandpa Bob shared his faith with generations after him by the way he lived his life. My other grandparents, Ernie and Fern Sader were also important in making me the person I am today. It was unfortunate that I was around them less because they lived six hours away. They came to visit us periodically and we would visit them during alternating holidays. When I was very young my grandparents lived in the country and had a vegetable garden. It was a one acre garden Grandpa took care of; it produced a lot of the food they ate. Sometimes after cutting grass he would give me rides around the yard on the riding lawn mower. As they got older they moved out of their house into an apartment and then a senior community. When I was old enough I would stay with them for a few weeks during summer vacation. A few years I stayed with them alone and one year my younger brother came with me. I did this for three or four summers until my care was too much for them at their age. Summers with them were fun, some moments were boring but I really felt like this brought us closer than before. I learned some fun stuff that retired age people get to do. I learned about cooking, sewing on plastic canvas and knitting while watching gameshows, the news and golden girls. I heard stories about their large families, my dad, his sisters and the price changes of things in their lifetime. They showed me off at the senior center; I went with them shopping, to bingo, Catholic mass and confession. While with them I was able to spend time with my cousins, aunts and uncles that lived near them. One summer I went with them, Aunt Judy, Uncle Jim and my cousin Bob to their vacation home in the town where my grandparents used to live. We had fun at the lake swimming, boating and cooking out on the grill. Those summers were some of my favorite memories of grandpa and grandma Sader though they were blessed with a long life well into my adulthood.

One summer with my grandparents there was a severe drought in Wisconsin and it was the first time I remember feeling temperatures over 100 degrees. Just as high temperatures feel overbearing and heavy upon us so does the weight of sin. My grandparents were devout Catholics so while I was with them I got a new perspective on sin and confession. I learned about saying Hail Mary and praying with a rosary to relieve the weightiness of sin (Ps. 32:4-5). Grandpa no longer had a big garden but they had flowers and plants outside and he worked hard to keep them thriving. Though he no longer had a job he showed me what it means to work and do a good job at whatever needed to be done (Prov. 10:5). My Grandparents were active members in the Knights of Columbus and Lions Club so they were devoted to helping others through the church and their civic duties (Gal. 6:10). They were rich in good deeds because they helped the sick, disabled and needy they lent a friendly helping hand to aid others in the community (1 Tim. 6:18-19). One thing I enjoyed doing with grandpa Sader was delivering food to needy people. I learned generosity because they shared food with the poor. They were givers and had lack for nothing. Because they felt blessed they saw to the needs of others by giving of their time, energy and resources (Prov. 28:27). The things my grandparents taught me showed that real treasure and a firm foundation in life comes from devotion to the Lord and how we give Him back to others.

We may not have the same beliefs or live our lives like our parents or grandparents but the wisdom they have gained can teach us valuable lessons. Even if the only lesson we can see is how not to be we must learn from our past to have a better future. If we can see the Lord in past generations we are blessed because of it. Prayers they prayed long ago maybe answered in us and answers to our own prayers maybe answered in what memories remain of them. God is timeless even now He is perfectly weaving together the past, present and future all at once.

Lord I ask that you would give us spiritual eyes and ears to see and hear the messages and lessons that lie in past generations. Help us to be open to learning the lessons of our past so we can have a brighter future. Lord I ask that you would heal relationships between present and former generations so that we can better understand the differences between us. Help us to be open to your forgiveness God and be motivated to do good deeds in the lives of others. Place us on a firm foundation so we may know that our treasure is in you. In Jesus Name, Amen

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 
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