Amateur radio devotionals, page 8

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

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Upgrading

     My XYL, Barbara, took her novice test in Haiti under the direction of a couple of Wesleyan missionaries. Now KC4CHB, she recently upgraded to Tech.
     Something special happened the day she upgraded. New lines of communication opened between us. Among other things, we now can talk together on 2 meters.
     That's similar in a way to Christian couples. There's something special between them not shared by those families in which only one spouse is Christian. When only the husband or the wife is a Christian some really deep things of the spirit cannot be fully shared by the other. Barbara's more upgrading to tech made me remember to pray a lot more for those couples we know where only one is a Christian.

    -- Howard Culbertson, N0FOL

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CQ CQ

     "CQ CQ CQ CQ " How often have you heard that universal call and turned away without responding? Sometimes I'm in a hurry and need to leave. So, I turn off the radio. Sometimes I have a schedule with someone else. The other ham never knew I was there. So, I sneak past the CQ to another frequency.
     It doesn't bother me to ignore a radio "CQ." I hope I don't do the same for spiritual "CQ's." people do put out that kind of call in life. They reach out, asking for somebody to respond, to acknowledge. Sometimes I allow life's busyness as well as the press of close friends to push me past those little calls.
     Today, my prayer is "Lord, help me to be sensitive to life's CQ's. Help me to hear with discerning ears. Don't let me ignore potential Mayday calls."

    -- Howard Culbertson, N0FOL

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Making a difference

     When natural disasters occur two organizations start popping up immediately: amateur radio operators and churches. In the aftermath of hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods the news media often feature stories of ham operators providing vital communications support. There'll also be stories of churches opening their buildings to house those hit by tragedy. There will be clothing and food drives sponsored by Christian groups. Compassion and an urge to be of help. You see those qualities in Christians. You see them in most ham radio operators. What a combination when a person is both an amateur operator and a Christian! A Christian ham operator. He can make a life-saving and life-changing difference.

    -- Howard Culbertson, N0FOL

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