In Loving Memory…
Rev. Almon M. Bartholomew
Oct. 15, 1929 – Feb. 4, 2021
“BLESSED ARE THE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY”
By Jeremy Stopford, semi-retired Pastor
From Episode 4, “THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT – AND BEYOND !!!”
I spent 3 summers at a boys camp. Without fail, there would always be a skit night!
One of the classics was a simple one, yet it has huge meaning! A boy was crawling on his stomach across the stage. Slowly. Panting. Crying out “Water! Water!” As he crawls for seemingly a LONGGGG time, up ahead he sees what initially he thinks is a mirage. But it is not! It is another camper with a glass of water! In kindness, the camper with the water gives the crawling camper the glass. With water in hand, the crawling camper shouts “THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!” His life has been spared. He then…reaches into his back pocket, pulls out a comb, puts it in the glass, and with wetted comb he parts and puts his hair back into its original style. Hmmm.
Funny what one remembers when thinking of “hunger” and “thirst”.
But for the listeners of the Sermon on the Mount, they knew exactly what our Savior meant when He alluded to “hunger”.
Do We Even Begin to Understand Hunger?___________________________________
Upon turning to the age of 100 recently, a former U.S. Secretary of state had this to say about trust: I’ve learned much over that time, but looking back, I’m struck that there is one lesson I learned early and then relearned over and over: Trust is the coin of the realm. When trust was in the room, whatever room that was — the family room, the schoolroom, the locker room, the office room, the government room or the military room — good things happened. When trust was not in the room, good things did not happen. Everything else is details.
Some Are Too Frightened to Follow
I lived through World War II and a dozen that followed, always under the shadow of nuclear holocaust. But in my nearly 81 years, I have never witnessed so many challenges to the human race in so short a period of time.
Consider the saber-rattling from China, Russia, and a score of lesser nations. Factor in the Chinese Virus pandemic, the world’s faltering economies, America’s own vicious political infighting, the encouragement by the left of violent crime, and the corruption of our media.
While some properly recognize these as the methods Hitler and Stalin used to subvert their nations, these all have foundation in Jesus’ prophecies concerning the end times. Before his return, there will be wars, earthquakes, pestilence, and distress of nations (Luke 21:8-11). These are signs of the times.
But these are not times for Christians to bury their heads in the sand and attempt to avoid reality.