by Daniel Rodgers

The Unclouded Day
Dan Rodgers
2 Samuel 23:4
Sunday, May 30, 2004

ILLUSTRATION: On Tuesday of this week, I had lunch at my favorite restaurant, The Peiking Restaurant. For me, the finishing touches to lunch are always the fortune cookie. Now, I'm not much into fortune cookie theology, but once in awhile I'll find an interesting little thought or prophetic saying.

A few weeks ago, I had one that said, "You will soon be going to a land of sunshine." Now, if that's Florida, I don't think I would really get all that excited, although I know some nice people who live there. If it's talking about heaven, then it doesn't get any better than that.

The fortune cookie I read on Tuesday was this one, which says: "There appear to be many clouds, but they quickly pass." I thought; that could develop into a nice sermon. I don't know of anyone who is exempt from having cloudy days, and we're always glad to see the sunshine and the blue skies again.

HYMN: I really enjoyed the song we just heard, The Unclouded Day. It was written by Rev. Josiah Kelly Atwood, who was born in 1828, near Cadiz, Ohio. Josiah passed away in 1909, in Morenci, Michigan. Josiah was a circuit riding preacher in the American Midwest, and later an elder in the North Ohio Conference of the United Brethren Church.

Let me just read a few lines of the song...
O they tell me of a home far beyond the skies,
O they tell me of a home far away;
O they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise,
O they tell me of an unclouded day.
O the land of cloudless day,
O the land of an unclouded day,
O they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise,
O they tell me of an unclouded day.
1. Thank God for the promise of that "home far away" where no storm clouds will gather--what a wonderful day that will be. But, we are not home, yet. And, until we are, we understand that storm clouds are a part of our life--they come and they go. I do, however, happen to believe, God ...

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