by M. Kenneth Lyon

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Living in the Red Zone (4 of 7)
Series: Home Improvement
M. Kenneth Lyon
Philippians 3:12-21
May 9, 1999

Forty years ago--and yes, some of you are old enough to remember this--40 years ago, what did these three women have in common? Barbara Billingsley, Harriet Nelson, and Donna Reed. They all were actresses who portrayed moms on television. Boy! What a life they lived! Did you ever notice that when those programs were on? Occasionally you still see a re-run of those things. I mean they never had a bad hair day. They would vacuum the living room floor, wearing pearls. There was always time to fix an evening meal where everybody sat at the table. She was able every day to send lunch, homemade lunch--with the family going out the door. Dad would come home at the end of the day, with the exception of Ozzie and Harriet--he was always around the house... I never figured out what he did--and the children faced problems that according to what we face these days are just a piece of cake. And I can still hear Barbara Billingsley, playing June, say, "Ward, I'm worried about the Beaver." Oh, my goodness, what a world! It's a different reality from what we face today. Certainly it's a time some of us hearken back to and say, "Boy! Wouldn't it be great if life was like that again, if it ever was really like that exactly."

Pastor Mark told a story this morning to me before the worship services began that he was gonna use at 9:40. I liked it so you get to hear it. [End side 1] This woman was sitting down with her youngest daughter. Now this younger daughter was one of those surprise packages. You know, they thought the family was complete and Surprise! So as they were sitting there, looking at a family album, this latest arrival of the family, maybe 3 or 4 years of age, in that questioning point of life, kept looking at these former family pictures saying, "But where am I in the picture? There's mom, dad. There's brother, sister, but where am I?" "Well, honey, yo ...

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