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CF student named
as one of 15 top scholars nationwide

CF student Daniel Goodman is a top scholar



 


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Published April 15, 2021
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College of Central Florida student Daniel Goodman recently was named as a Guistwhite Scholar.

 

 

 

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     Winners were selected from among 4,400 applicants nationwide, and their selection was based on academic excellence, leadership accomplishments, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. Goodman was one of 15 members selected and will receive a $5,000 scholarship for baccalaureate studies.
     This is the second-highest scholarship offered by PTK. It is named in honor of the late Margaret and Dr. Jack Guistwhite, the couple that established the first transfer scholarship designated exclusively for PTK members to Florida Atlantic University in 1975.
     “Daniel is one of the great students and has embraced everything that CF had to offer and excelled even with a shift to address the pandemic’s impact at the college,” said Dr. Allan Danuff, CF associate vice president of Arts and Sciences. “He’s a true CF Patriot and Phi Theta Kappa officer.”
     Goodman plans on attending the University of Central Florida as part of the DirectConnect to UCF program and study pre-medicine.
     Earlier this month, Goodman was named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar and received a $1,500 scholarship.

 


Rotarians learn about
Guardian ad Litem volunteers

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Gilchrist County Rotary Club President Lowell Chesborough, Rotarian Dana Nicholson and Eighth Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Coordinator Riley Ashmore are seen at the regular Monday meeting of this Rotary Club in Trenton on Monday afternoon (April 12).

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Story By Rosemary McDaniel, Rotarian
Published April 13, 2021 at 9:11 a.m.
     TRENTON --
What a learning experience Rotary members had during a presentation from Riley Ashmore, the Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Coordinator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit!
     She was the keynote speaker at the regular Monday afternoon meeting of the Gilchrist County Rotary Club on April 12.
     The Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida includes Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union counties. There are 20 judicial circuits in Florida.
     Riley works hard as she seeks to recruit the volunteers whose job is to act as advocates in legal matters for children that must be removed from abusive homes or who lose a parent to illness, violence or incarceration.
     Guardian ad Litem volunteers are appointed by judges after a training period consisting of 30 hours to make sure the children’s rights and needs don’t become overlooked or ignored by the judicial system.
     Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and be of good moral character. They come from all walks of life and backgrounds. These individuals have a drive to help vulnerable children to transition from their home to a safer environment.
     While a child’s basic needs are met in a new, hopefully temporary, environment, all of their needs are not always met. This is where the Guardian ad Litem Foundation steps in to help. The non-profit Foundation collects contributions that help with special items such as electronics, school supplies, toys, etc., and it coordinates an annual Holiday Gift Drive to provide special cheer for the displaced children.
     To donate to the Foundation visit their website at https://flgal.org.
     Anyone who is interested in volunteering or who wants more information about volunteering is asked to please contact Riley Ashmore at 352-384-3167 at the office at 14 S. Main St., Suite A, in Gainesville, or via the mobile number 352-359-6389. Individuals may send an email to her at Riley.Ashmore@gal.fl.gov.
     Chef Jason offered a tasty lunch of Shepherd’s Pie with steak chunks, salad, dessert, and iced tea.

 


Dixie County helps
Gilchrist County fight drugs

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(from left) Jennifer Gregory, Donna Crawford and Debby Sweem are three Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition peer support specialists. Behind them stands Sheila Frierson, RN, the community project director for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program in Dixie County. Gregory, Crawford and Sweem are ‘Hope Dealers’ who help people who are tired of dope dealers. These ladies were in Gilchrist County Thursday (April 8) helping their counterparts in that county in the communities’ efforts to reduce problems from drug abuse.


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By Jeff M. Hardison © April 8, 2021 at 10:11 p.m.
Updated April 9, 2021 at 6:11 a.m.
     GILCHRIST COUNTY –
Members of the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition’s staff helped the Gilchrist County Prevention Coalition Thursday (April 8) by providing training, anti-overdose medicine for opioids and a disposal bag for narcotics.



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(from left) Sheila Smith, Capt. Sheryl Brown, Debbie Destin and Robert Wells, four of the five board members of the Gilchrist County Prevention Coalition sit at a table at the front of the large meeting area in the Lodge House at Otter Springs Park and Campground on Thursday morning. This lodge is the home of Thursday night Bingo, and Otter Springs and Campground is the future home of Camp Valor. The fifth member of the coalition’s board – Beverly Goodman, attended via Zoom.

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Some of the attendees of the meeting are seen on a monitor as they watch, listen and speak via Zoom.


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Sheila Frierson, RN, shows people how to use Deterra, a bag with charcoal filters that can nullify narcotics when the drugs are put in the bag with water. This allows for easy disposal to a normal garbage can.

     The two groups met at the Otter Springs Park and Campground’s Lodge House – home of Thursday evening Bingo. Yes, that very night Otter Springs Park and Campground hosted Bingo to help the ForVets’ Camp Valor Project.
     Sheila Frierson, RN, told listeners about Naloxone, which has a brand name of Narcan. This drug reverses the effects of opioids. Frierson is the community project director for Dixie County’s RCORP. RCORP is the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.
    Opioid abuse is a problem all over America. Opioids include drugs like Oxycontin (oxycodone), morphine and heroin. Some people become addicted to them as the result of starting to use them for pain relief. Recreational drug abusers become hooked from continual use.
    Another form of drug that when mixed with an opioid presents even more medical problems is a Benzodiazepine (sedative-hypnotics). Common drugs in that form are Valium and Xanax.
     Among the many things Frierson shared is that Narcan has been used to save children who ate opioids, thinking the drugs were candy. Narcan is safe even for infants.
     She also talked about the method to administer it in the nose, and what to expect from the person who will recover from an overdose. The first thing to do when seeing a person who is in a desperate medical condition, especially in rural Florida where ambulances may take a while to arrive, is to call 9-1-1.
     She spoke about best practices for handling a patient who appears to have overdosed on opioids, including applying a sternum rub, making certain their airways are clear, and turning them on their side rather than on their back to avoid them drowning in vomit.
     Narcan costs between $150 and $250. It is available from a pharmacy, behind the counter. No prescription is needed.
     Another great item Frierson spoke about is Deterra. This is a bag, which can be ripped open and have water added to it, and then resealed. Then, a person can place narcotics inside, with as many as 28 pills per bag, close the bag and the charcoal filtration will make the drugs safe to put in the garbage.
     The full board of the Gilchrist County Prevention Coalition was present – Executive Director Robert Wells, Vice Chair Sheila Smith (a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Newberry), Treasurer Debbie Destin (Manager of Otter Springs Park and Campground), Secretary Beverly Goodman (of the Tri-County Resource Center) and Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Sheryl Brown. Goodman attended the meeting via Zoom, as did some other interested parties.
     Also present were a couple of special agents of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, and a retired member of the University of Florida faculty.
     The meeting provided listeners with information and methods to save lives, as well as a box of Narcan with two doses in it, and a Deterra bag.
     The Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition is some years older than the fledgling Gilchrist County Prevention Coalition. The Levy County Prevention Coalition, founded by Wells, is the oldest such group in the Tri-County Area. The mission in the three counties is to reduce the death, injuries and heartache to families caused by drug abuse and drug addiction.

 


City adds to resistance
against CrabFest 2021

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Williston Code Enforcement Officer Wayne Carson gives information to the City Council concerning some properties the city was considering foreclosure proceedings against due to the owners choosing against complying with city codes. One property was brought into compliance, and one was not.

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By Jeff M. Hardison © April 7, 2021 at 8:11 p.m.
     WILLISTON –
Williston Mayor Jerry Robinson on Tuesday night (April 6) proclaimed, much like the five members of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners earlier on that same day, that the city does not want CrabFest 2021 to happen.

 

 

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Melisa Thompson is the newest member of the executive staff for Williston. She is the new human resources director. Thompson served in the Town of Bronson as deputy town clerk before accepting the position in Williston.

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Mayor Jerry Robinson is seen just before the start of the meeting Tuesday night.


     Mayor Robinson also proclaimed April is Water Conservation Month in Williston.
     As for April being proclaimed “Williston Wants Peace – No More Violence Month,” Pastor Willie Battles of the Ministerial Faith Alliance (MFA) showed up in Williston as he did in Bronson.
     Pastor Battles spoke during the public participation part on the agenda.
     Code Enforcement Officer Wayne Carson joked that as soon as everyone heard “pastor” they were going to make the countdown clock set for two minutes rather than five minutes.
     Chiefland and Bronson are not as stringent in running City Council meetings as Williston. The eastern municipality’s meetings are more orderly, with participants being required to go to the podium and say who they are and where they live. In Bronson, even more than Chiefland, people yell from wherever they are seated in the audience and often do not identify themselves.
     There are no countdown clocks in Chiefland or Bronson, either.
     Pastor Battles, who has lived in Williston for all of his life, reminded listeners on Tuesday night that while the MFA had no hand in endorsing or being against past CrabFest events, it did help support law enforcement by working with the Levy County Prevention Coalition and others to give first responders meals and a place to catch their breath during the long hours of that massive party in years gone by.
     CrabFest did not happen in spring of 2020 because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This year, area residents and property owners and the community as a whole has come out to plead for no CrabFest 2021.
     Kenuiel Gates of Gainesville, who is a self-proclaimed activist and promoter of CrabFest 2021, has been warned about the civil and criminal actions that will result if he persists in this venture. Levy County chose to file an injunction to stop him in this regard. While Gates was in Bronson Tuesday morning, he was not in Williston City Hall on Tuesday evening.
     Pastor Battles said all of the pastors in the MFA feel this is not the time to bring CrabFest to the area east of Williston. He said they have many parishioners in the city who are concerned.
     Battles said he has lost relatives to COVID-19, too.
     The future version of CrabFest, he added, needs to be a continuation of local culture. However, it needs to be better organized, more educational “and it needs to be sane – without violence.”
     Pastor Battles has been involved in CrabFest, he said, reiterating that the MFA never “owned” CrabFest, but it did seek to help Sheriff Bobby McCallum keep it safe and peaceful. The event has gotten out of hand, he added.
     The time has come, he continued, to stand up and say what needs to be said.
     The worst thing Pastor Battles heard, he said, is an elderly woman who said “I am fearful for my life” every time CrabFest happens around her house.
     “It really touched my heart,” he said.
     Another speaker took the podium to share insight with the City Council.
     Jacqueline Appling of the Cornelius Williams Park Committee said there was an Easter egg hunt in that park on Sunday. It was family-oriented and fun. She added that there are fun events that can happen without violence.

The five members of Williston City Council on April 6 are

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City Council President Justin Head (This was his last meeting. Darfeness Hinds was elected for his seat, without opposition. Head chose against seeking reelection, however he may run for office again.)

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City Councilman Elihu Ross

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City Councilwoman Debra Jones

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City Councilwoman Marguerite Robinson

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City Councilman Michael Cox


IN OTHER ACTION
     In other action at the City Council meeting, the five leaders chose against seeking immediate foreclosure on one piece of property after Code Enforcement Officer Carson said the property had been mowed and cleaned up.
     On another piece of land, about 1.25 acres, which is behind the Discount Laundry, the owner said he does not care what the city does. His corporation has dissolved, and he does not care about that one-acre plus. The five leaders chose to start foreclosure proceedings. Pastor Battles said he is interested in buying the property after the city completes its process.
     Williston City Council President Justin Head marked his final meeting as a member of the Council. He said his previous three years were enjoyable and educational.
     At some point in the future, Head said, he intends to run for office again. He is not leaving the city limits, as some other former elected City Council members have.
     On April 13, at 6 p.m. in Williston City Hall, Michael Cox, Elihu Ross, Marguerite Robinson and Darfeness Hinds (replacing Justin Head) are scheduled to all take the oath of office, having been reelected or elected through the March 2 Williston municipal election.

 


Gilchrist County Rotary Club
hosts district governor
Rotary Foundation Board
presents banner to club

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(from left) Past District 6940 Governor John Medina, Gilchrist County Rotary Club President Lowell Chesborough and current District 6940 District Governor Jan Pooley stand in recognition of the Gilchrist County Rotary Club having 100 percent participation as a Paul Harris Fellow Club.

Story By Rosemary McDaniel, Rotarian
Photo By Holly Creel, Rotarian
Published April 6, 2021 at 7:11 a.m.
     TRENTON –
The Gilchrist County Rotary Club had the pleasure of welcoming Rotary District Governor Jan Pooley to the regular weekly luncheon meeting on Monday (April 5).
     Gilchrist County, like Levy County and Dixie County, is among the several Florida counties in the relatively large geographical 6940 District of the Rotary Club, which is an international voluntary service organization.
     She provided updates on many things Rotary is doing.  Jan is a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Walton Beach, and is serving as District Governor for the Rotary 2020-2021 year, which is from July 1, 2020 until June 30, 2021.
     Prior to Jan’s updates, another guest, John Medina. who serves on the Rotary Foundation Board, awarded our Club with a banner as a 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow Club.
     Jan read a letter from K.R. Ravindran, Chair of the Rotary Foundation, congratulating our club for being a 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow Club.
     Regarding District updates, Jan announced many new incentives including the need to increase membership numbers. She said a new committee was being formed to address diversity, equity and inclusion in our membership. Members were asked to consider volunteering for the committee.
     Disaster relief related to recent hurricanes in Florida resulted in donations by Rotarians from the United States as well as from Rotarians from other countries. Our District is currently taking pledges for the purchase of a “disaster trailer” to assist with disaster relief in the future. The funds will be in addition to a grant that is expected to be provided.
     Ukraine needs help from other countries around the world and a District committee has been formed for that purpose. Rotary is working to provide a million meals for food insecure areas. Haiti is in dire need of clean water that is not available in all areas of the island; so, Rotary International is assisting with handwashing supplies to supplement limited water availability.
     The Rotary Leadership Institute has not been able to hold in-person classes, but has resorted to conducting online courses instead, as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.  The Rotary Youth Leadership and Exchange Programs have not been conducted, this Rotary Year, but there is hope for resumption in 2022-2023.
     Jan mentioned the Rotary District Conference is scheduled to be held May 14-16 at Calloway Gardens in Georgia.
     As for the regular Monday meeting on April 5 in Trenton at the Woman’s Club’s Clubhouse, a delicious lunch was provided by Chef Jason of Springwater Events. It consisted of Caribbean chicken with mango chutney, a yellow rice blend, green beans, summer berry salad, upside down cake, and sweet and unsweet tea.  

 


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A deer (upper right of video) waits by the side of a road in the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County and Gilchrist County on Friday, April 2, 2021. Then, a truck rounds a corner and startles the deer. It dashes across the road right in front of the truck. Deer and other animals are inclined to not be as aware about the potentially fatal consequences of dashing in front of a moving vehicle. Motorists can reduce death and destruction by focusing on driving rather than looking down at a cell phone screen, etc. To see the video, click on the photo above that has a mark on it as if it is to be clicked upon to see a video.

Video By Jeff M. Hardison © April 3, 2021 at 7:11 a.m.

 


CF timber harvesting equipment
program info sessions offered

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Feb. 4, 2021 at 5:11 p.m.
Updated April 2, 2021 at 3:11 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND —
The College of Central Florida will offer information sessions on the eight-week Timber Harvesting Equipment program that takes place June 7 through July 29 at the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, 15390 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, Chiefland.
     Classes meet Monday through Thursday in the morning for the first five weeks and then for a full day the last three weeks.
     Virtual information sessions on what the program includes will be held on Thursday, April 22, at 11 a.m. Links for the Zoom meetings can be found at CF.edu/TimberHarvesting.
     The program is open to 12 students and includes classroom instruction and field trips to local logging companies and mills. Students will receive OSHA-10 and CPR certification.
     Upon completion of five weeks, students will be registered for the Master Logger Certification course and exam. The final three weeks of the program will include on-site training and cover harvesting a section of timber donated by the Department of Forestry using a skidder, fellow-buncher and loader.
     Support is offered through industry partnerships with Usher Land and Timber, Loncala Inc. and the Florida Forestry Association.
     Due to a generous scholarship, students can attend the program for free. The program includes all assessments required for registration, textbooks, fees, personal protective equipment and tuition. Students must be at least 18 years old to participate. Deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 7.
     For more information, contact Leah Gamble at 352-658-4077, ext. 2118.

 


CF to host manufacturing summer camp
By Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published April 1, 2021 at 6:11 p.m.
     OCALA --
The College of Central Florida is offering a Racing to Manufacturing summer camp for students ages 12-15, June 14-17, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     During the four-day camp, students will experience modern manufacturing, learn the basics of computer-aided design and 3D printing. Campers will gain hands-on experience in designing and building products, learn about FANUC industrial robots, tour local manufacturing facilities, and interact with manufacturing business leaders and entrepreneurs.
     The $99 fee includes all camp materials, a student-version 365-day license of SolidWorks CAD design software, T-shirt, and field trips. Scholarship opportunities are available. Space is limited to 15 participants and CDC guidelines will be implemented. For more information and to register, visit https://www.cf.edu/academics/noncredit-courses/corporate-college/, or call 352-854-2322, ext. 1214.
     This event is sponsored by Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the Foundation of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association and Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturers Association.

 


CF nursing program
creates academic learning community

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published March 30, 2021 at 3:11 p.m.
     OCALA — The
College of Central Florida Nursing program has announced a new student learning community called Nursing Crew.
     Pre-nursing students will have an opportunity to learn together in their first two years in college, achieving academic success and preparing for the nursing admissions process. Students will follow a pre-nursing pathway including nursing and general education courses to complete an Associate of Arts degree.
     “By establishing relationships with fellow pre-nursing students this will support and encourage academic achievement,” said Dr. Stephanie Cortes, dean of Health Sciences. “Our goal is to support students through this unique partnership with Academic Advising, Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Enrollment Services and Student Life.”
     Interested students need to fill out the CF admission application, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and submit a letter of interest by July 19 to be considered for the Nursing Crew 2023 class.
     For more information and to attend an information session, visit https://www.cf.edu/nursing-crew-2023/.

 




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     Since Nov. 1, 2011, The Christian Press section of this page has run daily devotionals from several individuals who contributed over the past years. There were two days in 2018 when the daily devotional did not run due to a journalist requiring emergency orthopedic surgery on broken bones in his left arm and wrist. That surgically added metal, though, makes that part of that arm even more able to withstand forces. Many daily devotionals are pulled from Strength for Service to God and Country (Whitmore & Stone © 1942; Renewed 1969 by Norman E. Nygaard; Second revised edition © 2002 Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, Providence House Publishers). The journalist who is the sole proprietor and owner of HardisonInk.com (Jeff M. Hardison) notes his appreciation for the use of those devotionals from that now-defunct publishing company, and for the many other contributors who have helped people over the past 11 years here now. That publication's daily devotionals include many from a time when the United States of America was a partner in a World War. This journalist welcomes contributions of daily devotionals. Daily devotional authors are asked to please send only their original works to hardisonink@gmail.com. Americans are reminded that all religions, having no religion and or being a person who endorses anti-religion are all protected as part of the freedoms from government intervention, as are other benefits from being an American.

 


Friday, April 16, 2021 at 8:11 a.m.
THE NEW DAY

Read Luke 24:13-31

     And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
-- Revelation 21:1 (KJV)


     How strange are life's ways! How wonderful are God's ways! For it's the darkness that ushers in, with the beauty of the morning light, the new day. One summer Hilaire Belloc, the well-known writer, started out on a walking tour. He took with him an adventurous novice. They set out to cross the Pyrenees, expecting to get over the mountains before dark.
     However, overtaken by darkness, they spent the night high upon the mountain. Toward morning a great wind arose. It began to blow with tremendous force, dislodging huge blocks and sending them down over the heads of the men so that they felt in their faces the splinters of the great stones.
     The novice, seized with fear, took hold of his companion, who had scarcely stirred in his blanket, and said, "I think it is the end of the world." Mr. Belloc turned to him and said, "Oh no - this is the way that the dawn comes up in the Pyrenees." Such is the story of much of life, and we must understand God's ways in it. There is life's crucifixion. There is God's garden. There is life's darkness. There is God's light. There is life's grave. There is God's resurrection. And be of good cheer, whatever comes; God will not fail His children. He is our refuge and strength. Our trust is in Him. The dawn of His new day is sure to come.
     MAY THE LORD bless us and keep us: may the Lord make His face to shine upon us and be gracious unto us: may the Lord lift up His countenance upon us and give to our hearts, peace, both now and always. Amen.
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Cony MacDonald (1892-1978)
The Union Church
Waban, Massachusetts

Strength for Service to God and Country
(Whitmore & Stone © 1942; Renewed 1969 by Norman E. Nygaard; Second revised edition © 2002 Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, Providence House Publishers)

 



Outdoor Truths Ministry

By Gary Miller © April 12, 2021 at 7:11 a.m.
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     Spring is made for the outdoors. It seems everything that inspires us has its beginnings outside. Whether you hunt, fish, hike, bike, run, play sports, garden, or simply mow your grass, it feels empowering to engage in all of these under the clear skies and in the clean air of springtime. While fall will mesmerize us with its panoramas, spring will motivate us with its pursuits. It is the season of life and the preparation which comes with it. The birds will build their nests; the animals will give birth to their young; and the trees and plants will unfold their blankets of green that perfectly match a sparkling blue sky. It is a painting that has been supernaturally brushed. A few mornings of late, I have been able to observe the wakening of the day. I have stood on a hill as the sun begins to rise, listening for the familiar sound of a gobbling turkey. His alarm might be the loudest, but it is not the only sound that comes from the surrounding woods. After a few days of listening, one can almost predict the order in which each creature will make itself known. The smaller birds will be the first to sing their songs. The tom turkey, along with a distant rooster from a nearby farm will gobble and crow respectively. And then a few minutes later the caw of the crow will officially open the door for a new day. And I am there to watch….and listen.
     Perhaps the greatest obstacle for obtaining answers is not in research, but in observation. It is not in being surrounded with much, but little. It is not in being overwhelmed with possibilities but in being overcome with simplicity. It is being reminded that we have been given two eyes, two ears, and only one mouth – and while our eyes and ears are open during our most productive times, our mouth is closed except for an occasional moment when it is dropped open in awe from something our eyes and ears have just witnessed. I don’t understand everything about God. There are some deep and difficult questions that linger within the minds of every honest believer and even every honest skeptic. But I do know that deep within the heart of each of us, is a longing to find out if there is a God and what he is like. And every spring, I am reminded again as I stand with eyes and ears open, and mouth gaped in amazement, that He is a God of life and that while I have no promise of the quality or quantity of my days on earth, I can clearly see through creation, one day there will be a new morning that will give way to a new life.

 -- Gary Miller  gary@outdoortruths.org

Gary Miller has three books that are compilations of the articles he has written for nearly 15 years. He also speaks at game dinners and men’s groups for churches and associations.
Gary Miller's website is located at http://www.outdoortruths.org/.


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