The Crosbyton Review (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 55, No. 12, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 21, 1963 Page: 4 of 8
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Pint Methodist Church
It was a cold night that night.
The day had been friendly and
warm, changing only as the sun
had set and the' night had come
on with the stars. The men were
standing around the fire talking
of this man Jesus—what he had
done and how he had gone a-
bout doing It.
Their eyes could not see that
there was a stranger In their
midst. Soon, however, the maid
same In and recognized the man
as a follower of Jesus, so she
asked, "Are you not one of this
man's declples?" All eyes turn-
ed at once to the man, and he
answered, "No, I am not." And
the intonation with which he
said these words' convinced
everyone that he really, wasn't a
follower. Yet Peter felt at that
moment more alienated from
the comradely eyes of Jesus than
at any other time. A gripping
chill seemed to arise from the
fire and seize his heart with A
coldness he had never known.
Perhaps he thought, "I ought to
move closer to the warmth of
the fire." So he moved closer, but
still he had a cold heart. There
was no warmth in him or for
him. There was no warmth for
Peter because of his rejection of
the very way in which warmth
and peace could come. No mat-
ter how close to the fire he mov-
ed, no matter how warm he was
on the outside, it still was cold
in his heart.
Many times there is just such
coldness for yoa and me. Vtor
too, reject that which can warm
our heafts, The coldntes preeents
itself In various forma a pre-
meditated aloofness whan we
are with someone we do not
wish to be with, a bitterness,
the acts of selfi^hneas, or maybe
just a sense of lostness. This Is
a type of death, it is winter In
the heart. We try to run away
from It. But no matter how we
strive to warm ourselves, to ee>
^ape, it cannot be done.
Peter could not warm himself
until the relationship with God
and with his Master was com-
plete, and made right, itntll he
could accept God's acceptance
of him. He had become disillu-
sioned with Jesus and with God.
He felt he had been tricked. He
had been rejected and was now
going' to reject. We become dis-
illusioned about God's assurance
at times, because we expect It to
come In our own little way. One
of the great stumbling blocks In
the life of man Is the desire to
have things happen just the way
he wants them to happen. We
are in a hurry, and in a mo
mailt of anxiety we
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mony Is that He oorass.
When Jesus came, Be chang
ed the lives dt the disciples. Af-
ter His death, the
and In the midst of sorrow
defeat and anxiety, the
found God's assurance. When
we find ourselves la similar sit-
uations, we often forget the
challenging story of how Jesus
appeared to the dieciples In Ox
closed upper room. When
came to the died pies. He gave
them assurance of God's pre-
sence. Today we can have that
same experience. In thsae
perienem are given to man the
answers to his j
lems. We still ai
and hot puppets, hut In
walk of life we can experience
the presence of God through
Jesus Christ, if we are able to
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words inscribed on the tomb of
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Bennett, Patrick. The Crosbyton Review (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 55, No. 12, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 21, 1963, newspaper, March 21, 1963; Crosbyton, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth281886/m1/4/?q=GRANITE%20SHOALS: accessed February 18, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Crosby County Public Library.