Wednesday, August 09, 2006


After the Wednesday night service concluded, Nic, Johanna, Mrs. Pittman, and the Pittman clan went to Taco Bell. It was a delightful meal, but Michael and I were still hungry. We proceeded to wait in line for one more taco. At this time, only one cashier was working the counter and we were third in line. The man placing the order asked many questions concerning his meal, but finally placed an order. After paying for the meal he attempted to put his coins and bills back into his wallet. With no success, the man continued to drop his coins and pick them back up. Michael and I ordered, but the man remained in front of the cashier. While he was attempting to pick up his change, I offered to help him with the coins, he replied, "No, thanks, I am just having trouble." At this point it was evident the man was not of sound mind. Either he was drunk or high, but the circus continued. He got his drink cup, and attempted to put ice in it, but failed. His food came out, and he asked, "Is this my burger?" He took his bag to the condiments stand and filled the bag with hot sauce. Somehow, he spilled his cup of tea and ended up in the women's' restroom. I called to police and reported that it was probably a good idea that this man should not drive. After we figured out that he had actually driven to Taco Bell, we were surprised to learn he parked next to Nic. The Lockhart Police Department (LPD) came and took control of the situation.

It is sad to consider that many people can lose themselves in such addicting outlets. We all over, neighbors and even family members turn to such things for a variety of reasons, but in the end it only does more harm than good. These things can be overcome, "...because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). God can deliver people in these conditions and with constant prayer the chains of evil can be broken. In the book of James we are encouraged, "Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise" (James 5:13). Both in bad times and good times, we should lift up prayers to God. People who are struggling in whatever stronghold need the Lord, they%

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