Preparation – UCOA Chaplains Moment for June 24th

I lost a friend this past week. In my mind, she wasn’t old enough to get cancer, but somehow she did anyway, and it was aggressive and mercifully quick. I am sure there are many in this room that have lost friends and loved ones to cancer, it certainly isn’t unusual these days, and for those close to the person dying, it can be devastating. We have all heard the recommendations of those that say we need to prepare, but we often ignore those warnings, because after all it can’t happen to me. So, now hear I sit, just as unprepared as many of you, thinking It can’t happen to me, but we need to realize, that it can.

Preparing for things in our life is something we all do every day. We prepare for work, by preparing for each of the jobs we do. We set the table for dinner. We prepare for bed at night. You know, when we choose someone in our club as a designated driver, that is a form of preparation. We prepare for all kinds of things, almost without even thinking about it. But somehow preparation for not being around to get out of bed tomorrow seems to be beyond our ability or willingness to prepare.

It is not hard to understand. We don’t want to think about our not being here, not getting together with friends and family, not having one more argument with our spouse and the following restoration. But, we do need to remember something;

The lifestyle we live is a dangerous one. While it is by choice that we ride motorcycles, it is only by the Grace of God that we manage to avoid all those blind car and truck drivers out there trying to run us down. Yes we have great skill in riding our bikes, but don’t fool yourself into thinking you will avoid every accident because you are such a good rider.

Which brings me to my final point. That would be preparation for life after this one. We are each given the opportunity to make a decision about where we want to spend eternity after our last earthly motorcycle ride. Some of us have decided we will spend it in the ground as part of the earth. Dust to dust as the Bible says. And, that is certainly true of our bodies, they will be cast off and discarded.

But some of us believe we will receive a new truly immortal body after this life, when we are united with Jesus Christ in heaven. The bible talks about immortal bodies, mansions, crystal seas and many other wonderful things. Of course we could be deluding ourselves, but as the Bible tells us it is about Faith. Believing in things unseen, and unprovable. God has made Himself real and trustworthy in my life. Therefore, I believe what He says about the future. I for one have Faith that God will accept me after this life is over. If you don’t believe in the God of the Bible, or maybe you do, but you have been sitting on that fence of indecision waiting for the right time, maybe today is the day you complete your preparation for what will surely come for all of us. All you need to do is have a conversation with God.*

I want to leave you with these words from Jesus;

John 14:2 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

Jesus has prepared a place for me after this life is over, won’t you come with me?

*If you would like to have that conversation with God, but you don’t know how, please talk to me or one of your brothers that does, after the meeting,

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COC&I Meeting and Blood Drive at Hardtails in Georgetown

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Well, I pray everyone has gotten home safely by now, cause the sky opened up and dumped a BIG bucket of water on Hardtails for about two hours during the monthly COC & I meeting. Mini-me our Region 1 Chairman kept the meeting short, because we had to hold it inside the restaurant instead of out back because of therein. Thank you Hardtails for the hospitality. There was also the Dean memorial crawfish boil after the meeting, but I confess Debbie and I headed home after she gave blood, so i didn’t get any photos of that event. The good news is that the rain did finally let up, so for those that stuck around it probably worked out just fine.

COC & I = Confederation Of Clubs and Independents, an organization that seeks to protect the rights of all motorcycle riders using the tried and true political process.

 

US Military Vets Bike Wash at CTHD

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CTHD hosted the  bikini bike wash today put on by US Military Vets MC, benefiting an organization called Motorcycle Missions (MM). MM works with Vets to provide various methods for treating PTSD. We spoke with them for a while, and it seems like a very worthwhile organization.

Note: I took along my new/old camera that shoots FUJI Instant Film. It is very challenging to get good pictures, but I did manage to get a few, and they are include with the set. You can recognize them by their white border.

UCOA Meeting at Willie’s Joint in Buda

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Today is the three year anniversary of the tragic events in Waco in 2015. So, there was a party held at Willie’s Joint down in Buda to remember all that happened that day. We decided to hold the UCOA (United Clubs Of Austin) monthly meeting today, at the same location as the party. It was pretty warm today, in the high 90’s, but it finally started to cool down by the time the meeting started, around 7:30. Be sure to look at http://ucotexas.org, under the UCOA calendar link for all the details of the events coming up.

Imagination – Chaplains Moment for UCOA – May 17th

Note: This article was presented at the United Clubs Of Austin monthly meeting on the third anniversary of the tragedy at Twin Peaks in Waco Texas on May 17th, 2015

Imagine with me for a moment what you thought the day was going to be like on May 17, 2015, attending the COC&I meeting in Waco. If you are like me, you imagined that you would drive up, have lunch, and then listen to our usual speakers tell about what had been happening at the Capital and what was going to happen politically in our constant striving to protect our rights as bikers and motorcycle riders. Even after all the violence, as many of you were told to sit on the grass and wait, I would guess you thought you would answer some questions and then be able to head home in a few hours. But that was not to be. Someone else had an agenda that day and the power to fulfill it.

I remind us of these things because as much as we would like to think we are in control of our lives and our destiny, that day made it pretty clear that we are not.

But, there is someone who is in control of our lives, our destiny, and our world, and I’m not talking about someone in the Texas Justice System, I’m talking about God. Now, I know that some of you will immediately want to ask; If God is in control, then why did He allow people to die that day, and why did He allow so many people to be arrested? John 15 verses 18 and 19, give us some insight into the answer.

John 15: 18,19 “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you.”

In Jesus day he was considered by the rulers of the time to be a rebel and a serious threat to their power. Some people see the motorcycle community as a threat to their idea of what society should be. We live in an imperfect world where lines are drawn and sides are taken, there is justice and injustice, there is right and wrong. God has said He has allowed this for the present. We are beginning to see Justice happen, even though it is not yet complete.

As we gather today, I see many men and women who had their lives changed that day, and today we come together as a memorial, and a kind of party to remember what happened and to renew our commitment that it should never happen again. Today we give a cheer for those that have come through the tough time, for those that are still struggling, and for those that we lost. We also raise our hands, not in a fist, but with an open hand reaching out to God for His wisdom, guidance and peace. The struggle isn’t over, but we will overcome because we are patient, steadfast, and determined to see this through, to make things right.

My prayer is that God will bless us, support us, encourage us, empower us and lift us up as we press forward toward the goal. How about you?