Faith is a wonderful thing. Recently, I said a short prayer in my heart, asking the Lord to please put me in touch with a long, lost friend. I hadn’t heard that she had passed away, so I assumed that she was still "on top of the ground," as Bishop Walter H. Richardson, my 90-year-old pastor likes to say.
So I prayed and believed God would hear my prayer. Wouldn’t you know that before the week was out, I’d heard from my friend? It was a happy day when I got an email from Lydia Walker, who is now 92. I hadn’t heard from her in about 40 years. Lydia had been a good friend to me, but somehow, we got disconnected and lost touch over the years. And while I’d often thought about her, I never tried to find her. Actually, I didn’t know where to start looking. But God knew where she was, and He answered my prayer.
You might say this was just a lucky coincidence. But I don’t think that luck had anything to do with it. To me, Lydia getting touch with me was an answer to a sincere prayer and my personal faith in God.
Often as we go along life’s journey, we are confronted with issues and problems that seem to be bigger than life itself. At such times, even those of us who say we are believers of God’s Word and have faith in Him, will sometimes find that we need more faith. When that happens to me, I find myself praying for God to increase my faith. And nothing increases one’s faith like a quick response to our prayers. This quick response will help to sustain us at other times, when we must have the patience to wait on an answer to our prayers.
A change at Turnberry Jewish Center
Today, we welcome and congratulate Elana Yeffet on her new position as director of membership and programming at Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center at 20400 NE 30th Ave. Yeffet replaces Melissa Galfond, who steps down to become a new mom. She and her husband Michael will welcome their first child in September.
In announcing her departure Melissa said, "It is bittersweet ... that I will be stepping down from my position on Aug. 9. It has been a wonderful four years being part of this amazing and vibrant community and getting to know so many of you." She said her plans include staying "closely connected" to her congregational family at the Jewish Center.
Yeffet is no stranger to the Jewish Center. She has served on the center’s professional team as the assistant director of Tauber Academy and the Director of Camp Chaverim (Tauber Academy’s Summer Program), and has worked closely with Melissa getting prepared for her new role.
Health Fair at temple
Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom at 6438 SW Eighth St. in West Miami will have a free Health Fair, along with its annual Open House, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
At the fair, Baptist Health/Congregational Health will provide many screenings to include osteoporosis and cholesterol. In addition, vendors will include chiropractic services; Village South; Women’s Heart; Humana; SHINE Nutritional Shakes; Travel; Catholic Charities; Cancer Support; Jewish Community Services; Arbonne Herbal Botanical Body Products; and Medicare.
There will also be free servings of hot soup, cold and hot beverages and give-aways.
Call 305-205-3846 for more information.
The Kendall Orchestra at Kendall United Methodist Church will have the its first rehearsal/auditions for the 2013-2014 season at 7:15 p.m. on Aug. 28 at the church, 7600 SW 104th St in Pinecrest.