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Pastor’s Perspective 03-26-19

This time last week I was at Disney World with our son and his family. It’s been a long time since I was there as a child. Some things are still the same. A lot has changed. The highlight of the week for me was experiencing the Magic Kingdom through the eyes of our grandchildren: Ryleigh (4) and Mason (1). I spent more time watching their faces than I did watching the “entertainment.” Mason’s favorite two words for the week were “ride” and “again.” He didn’t understand that “again” meant another wait of 15 minutes to two hours! We did a few “agains” and a lot of moving on to something else. We all got daily back and bicep workouts from holding the two of them in line for hours each day.

We had front row “seats” for a parade down Main Street, complete with a fire-breathing dragon. Attended multiple indoor and outdoor shows with many of Disney’s more well-known characters. Saw fireworks. Flew with Dumbo and Peter Pan (separately, of course). Found Nemo. Met and had photos taken with Mickey, Minnie and Cinderella. Saw lots of wild animals on a safari at Animal Kingdom… on a rainy day. I got quite adept at navigating a two-seat stroller through the crowds. I’ve never seen so many strollers in one place in all my life and am so grateful for designated stroller parking areas throughout the kingdom! It was a special week during which we made many wonderful memories together.

I was struck by the crowds. People of all ages from all around the country drawn together by a common desire to experience “the Magic Kingdom.” Those who have been know it is not an inexpensive venture. Tickets. Accommodations. Parking. Food. Nothing is cheap! Tons of people dropping big money to spend most of their days waiting in line for a relatively few minutes of fun. We all find the time and resources to do the things that are most important to us. I found myself wondering how many in the crowds all around me each day know Jesus and how much He loves them. And how will they know unless someone tells them. I thought about our challenge here at Snyder to lead at least one person to Christ in 2019. We may not be able to reach the masses, but we can make a difference in the lives of those God has placed in our path.

I am grateful so many of you are taking seriously the challenge to read, lead and heed. See you Sunday! ~ John