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Here is the story/poem that was read at church on Sunday.  Isn’t it a marvelous picture of faith?

“At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I’d done wrong so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I died.  He was out there sort of like a president.  I recognized His picture when I saw it but I didn’t really know Him.  But later on when I met Christ it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride.  But it was a tandem bike.  I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me to pedal.  I don’t know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.  When I was in control, I knew the way.  It was rather boring but it was predictable.  It was the shortest distance between two points.  But when He took the lead He knew delightful long cuts, up the mountains, through rocky places at break neck speed.  All I could do was hang on.  Even though it looked like madness, He said pedal.  I worried. I was anxious.  I asked, “Where are You taking me?”  He laughed and He didn’t answer and I started to learn to trust.  I forgot my boring life and I entered into the adventure.  When I’d say, “I’m scared!” He’d lean back and touch my hand.  I didn’t trust Him at first to control my life.  I thought He’d wreck it.  But He knows bike secrets.  He knows how to make it bend around sharp corners, how to jump to clear high rocks.  He knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.  I’m learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places.  I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion Jesus Christ.  When I’m just sure that I can’t do it any more, He just smiles and says, “Pedal!”
(Author Unknown)

God’s Blessings,

PA