‘If I should die before I wake’

 

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Mike Trout is #27, but not this All-Star game. He wore #45 in honor of Tyler Skaggs.

Now I lay me down to sleep;

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

If I should die before I wake,

I pray the Lord my soul to take.

The recent death of 27-year-old starting major league pitcher Tyler Skaggs in his sleep gives new meaning to this well-known nursery prayer. At 27, and in excellent health in the prime of an athletic career, you — and certainly everyone around you –expect yourself to be waking up in the morning. You don’t even think about praying that prayer, and yet, as God would have it, Tyler never woke up that Monday morning, but his soul did. From what one of his teammates said about knowing he would be seeing “Skaggsy” again someday, it appears that Tyler did know about meeting the Lord in his sleep.

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Case dismissed

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Three months ago, I spent the morning in a courtroom with my 19-year-old son, Chandler. Although he was of the age that the court now treats him as an adult, I went along for moral support. About a year ago, he went through a tough emotional period due to some huge personal intrusions into his life, and had taken his frustration out in his driving, ending up with three speeding tickets along with a fourth one we were in the courtroom for which was for driving on a suspended license, which in California is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. We were prepared for anything including huge fines and maybe not getting his license back for years.

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‘Thank you’ as a way of life

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“Thank you.” No more valuable words were ever spoken. So simple, yet so profound.

Marti recently met for lunch with a well-known author and researcher who began their conversation by thanking her. Marti recalls being completely unsettled by this. The surprising thing is that she doesn’t even remember what he thanked her for now — it really didn’t matter — it was the mere fact that he was thanking her, and what that did for her, that mattered.

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Eva Mozes Kor 1934-2019

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Marti and I spent some time yesterday getting to know about Eva Mozes Kor, a Holocaust survivor who died Thursday on the 4th of July at 85. We want to thank our good friend of the Catch, Robert from Seattle, for introducing us to the story of this remarkable woman who survived torture and unspeakable atrocities in Auschwitz. As a twin, she and her sister were subjected to a host of dehumanizing experiments by doctors who treated them worse than laboratory rats.

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The experiment lives on

 

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I think we often forget that America was and is an experiment. At no other time in history has the setting and the resources been so right to begin a democracy. And the fact that the country is still strong and a leader in the free world is a tribute to those who envisioned it and built it with the tools to make it sustainable. We have every reason to celebrate its beginnings tomorrow: Happy Birthday America!

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‘Angels’ Skaggs dies at 27’

 

 

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How does this happen? How does a 27-year-old healthy athlete just die overnight? Tyler Skaggs, starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas yesterday morning. Nothing but questions remain. The police say no foul play or suicide is suspected. It’s a shocker.

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Use your freedom well

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On this week of national holidays — Canada: today; U.S.: Thursday; Hong Kong: today, not so happy (see below) — it’s important to refocus our direction and calling. Sometimes we forget how significant this message of Grace Turned Outward really is right now. You need to grasp how important you are because of this message of Grace. One of our volunteers has captured this significance in a stirring prophetic message I pass on to you today. This is one for the refrigerator door.

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What we learned

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One of the things we have learned through this campaign is who some of our influencers are here at the Catch. Peter Herschend saw a community; Marti built it; Shar’i filled a need within it with tangible acts of love; Herb Hellums made a place to belong; Neil McCauley, Bob Jennings and Noel Stookey opened it up to the marketplace; Dave Kelley, Mike High, Pat Klever and Mike Boland are making a way to advance the ministry by expanding the ministry; and Terri Main is taking that plan to millions through social media.

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