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IMG_0548A radio personality becomes a household name to their adoring fans. Their popularity earns them the right syndication and scores of radio stations clamoring for contracts. Often their voices are linked to their unseen faces due to media stories and social media.

A simple reality, however, is overlooked by the radio audience. There are a lot more hours in a day or week than is covered by these few broadcast experts. What happens during those broadcast moments?

That’s where amateurs like me get into the picture. We receive the invitation by a station to record programs that they need covered. There is no personal name attached to the program nor are there lucrative endorsements by sponsors filling up my mailbox.

Instead, it is the sheer joy of helping a station and maybe being a blessing to the listeners who happen to tune in at the right time. During my broadcasts, I try and imagine the faces of the people who might tune in. Maybe you are one of those people.

I actually lock eyes with these imaginary people. In my mind I see a home, notice the nick knacks on their coffee table, note the worn Bible that they are using during our study together. If a glimmer of a smile or a bright countenance due to understanding occur then, I am thrilled.

My position at the studio is all made possible by servant-driven professionals. They are gracious, patient, and cheerful. If I need any help they are quick to lend a hand and never make me feel like an inconvenience.

Of course, I only touch what I am instructed to touch. The temptation to do more is so low. I want to get invited back.

By the way, if you happen to tune in and are blessed, then, please let me or the station know. It is encouraging to hear from the listeners. Until the next broadcast, see you on the radio!

photo by bfong photography

Zoom 2020My calendar is relentless. A major responsibility with my job is keeping on top of our seminary calendar. In addition I layer my travel calendar on top of that.

To make my coming days successful, I make sure that communication is a friend and not a regret. Lots of people need to be kept “in the know” in order for plans to run smoothly. This means that meetings have to happen.

Now, with the judicial decision to “shelter at home” and our commitment to live in compliance, our seminary team members in Houston are staying at home. This dreaded highly contagious Covid-19 virus is horrible. Containing it in order to help our health care professionals from being overwhelmed is the least that all of us citizens can do.

Talented personnel with knowledge of cyberspace options, made it possible for us to convene a Zoom meeting. Everyone was at their home. Nevertheless, armed with a computer, each was able to log into a meeting room.

I could see each of their faces via video. Their audio was clear and anyone could jump into the conversation when they wanted. It was informative, fun, and moving.

Not only did we distribute essential information but we personally connected and made sure that everyone on the team had the care that they needed. Our souls connected beyond this world as well. While the pandemic has strained the world’s resources, we went beyond this world and entreated our supreme hope, our Heavenly Father.

Prayer is real. It works because the Almighty God who made all things is as personal as your closest friend. He provides, protects, and guarantees. Everything is under his control.

In cyberspace we visited supernatural space. There we took the concerns of our earthly world and placed them at the feet of the ONE who holds all things in this world together. Comforted and cheered we signed off and returned to our solitude and submitted our work online.

What an amazing time in which we live.

photo by bfong photography 

 

Unknown-1It doesn’t take much to go batty when we are sequestered in our own homes. Not unlike voluntary house arrest, we get cabin-fever. After a few short days and suddenly realizing that there is no end in sight, we blow a gasket or two.

Add to that the explosive phenomenon¬† of children who require home schooling. My wife is a school teacher and found a humorous take on this unplanned necessity for one parent. With her two grade school children at home and forced to teach them, this one parent reported on her first day: “One student expelled, the other suspended, and the teacher is drinking a lot.”

Dramatic individuals have produced home videos of goofy antics, musical comedies, and trying long stored recipes for dinner. Others have faced the sobering reality of Corvid 19 invading the life of a loved one, small businesses on the brink of bankruptcy, or small churches struggling for survival.

May I give all of you an invitation? Please, tune into KHCB FM105.7 or listen on line at https://www.khcb.org/wp/listen-now/ every Wednesday in April about 10AM Central. The program is Prayertime.

On my drive into the station I was marveling at the absence of a piece of Houston infamy: there was NO TRAFFIC! I traversed the entire 21 miles at posted speeds. Something clearly was happening in our city.

I was on the road in spite of a city-wide judicial order to stay at home, because radio personnel, albeit temporary, are exempt. Communication is an essential function for the city.  If I was stopped by law enforcement, that was my approved story as per the radio station.

The sound room was ready for me. I donned the headset, turned on the “On the Air” light, prayed for God’s blessing, and began my recording. It was fun. I was thrilled to do the broadcast. I hope that if you can tune in, Prayertime will be a blessing to you.

photo by BFong photography

 

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