Amateur radio devotionals, page 12

This series of devotional thoughts was first published in the "Transmitter," a publication of the Nazarene Amateur Radio Fellowship (NARF).

33

Our heavenly HT

     I was stuck in a hotel room in another country. Feeling lonely, I wanted to call home. But there was no telephone. I thought of a missionary friend's "ham shack." But it was an hour away.
     It's not like that with God. Some folks do think a church building is a just heavenly "ham shack" where you need to be if you want to talk to God. That's not so, of course. As far as God is concerned, we always have an HT with us that can reach right to the very throne of heaven. We can talk to God any time, anywhere. Isn't that good news?

    -- Howard Culbertson, N0FOL

34

Fading signals

     "He faded out," the voice on my ham shack speaker said.
     It was one ham operator talking to another. They were talking about me. I could hear them. They just couldn't hear me. For some reason, my signal had faded out.
     Dear God, I don't want to fade away when I talk to you. Show me how to keep my antenna always pointed your way and my signal strong and clear.

    -- Howard Culbertson, N0FOL

35

Missing keypad button

     I have a Kenwood 210B two meter rig in my jeep on the field. One day the number "2" button on the microphone's Touchtone keypad fell off. In terms of quantity, it didn't seem a great a loss. After all, I still had fifteen other buttons. A full ninety-four percent of the buttons were still there and working fine.
     However, the first time I turned that microphone over to use my auto phone patch, I realized how significant the loss of just that one tiny button had been. The three-digit code I needed to key up my patch included the number "2"! My patch was useless without that one little button.
     It caused me to think about losses in the church. The loss of somebody may be more significant than is immediately apparent.
     Lord, help me to be as concerned about missing church members as I am about my missing keypad button.

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