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Were we prepared for Uncle Melvin?

We have just finished the Christmas Season and to most people there is an awful lot of  work to do in preparation.

It was no different on Upper Blair Branch in the late 1940s when I was but a lad. There were some things you could always depend on.

Uncle Melvin would have lots of fireworks to shoot. In that supply would be a few Roman cannons that he would use to chase us boys. When he took after me I ran for my life. I could hear that “whoosh” and could just imagine that hitting my backside.

You could also bet that Uncle Melvin would have a snort or two too many. That shine could do strange things to people. Melvin would also play Santa. He was a lively Santa.

It was the late 1940s and the L & N Railroad was building a new railroad line up Rockhouse Creek. The heavy equipment broke down the old bridge at the mouth of Blair Branch. Several on the branch built a walklog across Rockhouse Creek so we could cross the creek. Here came Melvin or was it Santa? Which ever one it was he had too much shine!

Shine and narrow walking do not mix very well. Melvin fell right in the middle of Rockhouse Creek. At least half of Santa Claus floated down Rockhouse Creek. It’s the wonder we had any Christmas that year.

Isaiah 25:1 tells us that there was to be Divine preparation far in advance. Isaiah tells us in Chapter 40 verse 3 that the way of the Lord will be prepared well in advance.

Matthew 3:1-3 tells us that there was to be prepatory preaching of Jesus. In Matthew 25:1-13, the parable of the ten virgins tells us some will be prepared and some won’t.

Luke 21:12-15 tells us to be prepared for persecution. Paul, in Ephesians 6:13, tells us to prepare for evil.

As we read 1 Peter 1:13-15, are we prepared in mind and spirit?

Jesus is another name for Joshua. Joshua led the children of Israel into the Promised Land. The second Joshua will lead millions, even billions, into eternity in the Kingdom of God.

Be prepared!

Wayne Blair is the minister of Chester Community Church and wrote this article as a member of the Fayette County Ministerial Association.