One of the special things about Racing with Jesus Ministries is the
chaplains that volunteer to serve the racing community. I am thankful for
their efforts. You see and hear from me much of the time, but the efforts of
all our servants are what truly touches peopleís hearts. Greetings in the
name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
It is Memorial Day and the weekend has been a blur. I find myself carving
a little time out today to say thank you for the men and women that paid the
ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I am also thankful for our crew and
their efforts, the sacrifices they make to be there for the racing
I have a few comments that I wanted to share with you from a couple of
them. First Tara Stoehr, chaplain to the Northeastern Midget Association.
She is not only a racerís wife and racerís mom, she has a heart for everyone
in that garage area. Her are her thoughts.
Congratulations to Avery Stoehr for winning last weekís race at Star
Speedway. It was an emotional win as it was the first race without his crew
chief, Carl Kibbe. Carl holds a special place in all our hearts he is sadly
missed. The pit area of the 15a and 5b will never be the same.
Last Saturday was the Allen Cantor Memorial Race at Riverhead Raceway in
Riverhead NY - Adam Cantor, Kim and their family members were all there to
honor and pay tribute to Allen. A few stories were told that day in and
around the pits. Personally I just loved Allen, I watched as his heart
softened over the few years I got to know him. A few years back, I was
hanging up chapel fliers at Thompson and Allen asked if anyone could go and
I said absolutely! He said, "Even a heathen like me?" I said, "Yes Allen,
even a heathen like you. God loves you too!"
Because of the questions that have come up and the several lives lost
during last year and the off season in our club, God has put something on my
heart to share with you all. I found a book title, Why? Making Sense of
God's Will. Over the course of several drivers meetings I would like to
share what I have read and added to these thoughts.
Questions we sometimes hear, "How can you still believe in God when
you've seen something like that? or lost someone you love?"
"Why is God punishing me?" I just want to know what I did that was so bad
that God would do this to me?"
When God does not meet our expectations, we are disappointed,
disillusioned and contused. They are two common, but misguided assumptions.
I will only talk about one today. The first assumption-If we believe in God
and try to be a good person, God will take care of me and bless me.
When we read the Bible we find out that, that assumption is wrong, the
sweeping message of the Bible is not a promise that those who believe and do
good will not suffer. Instead the Bible is a book about people who refused
to let go of their faith in the face of suffering.
A few examples; Joseph, the Israelites, Job and at the center of the NT
is the story of a man who was beaten and abused and finally nailed to a
cross, the Bible definitely doesn't teach that those who follow God will
have a life of bliss. It describes the persistent, stubbornly, tenacious,
faith of those who continue to trust in God despite their suffering and it
describes the comfort, strength and hope they find in the face of suffering.
I believe that is still true today!
Thank you Tara, yes, when we read the Scripture we find that it tells us
a story of life, ups, downs, challenges, celebrations, good times and bad.
It also lets us know that through it all God remains by our side to guide us
through, to help us persevere. What a message of comfort and mercy. I am
thankful to have God by my side.
A few weeks back I was unable to attend the Whelen Modified Tour race at
New London/Waterford Speedbowl. There was a death in my congregation at
Mount Carmel Christian Church and I needed to be with the family as they
said goodbye. It wasnít an insignificant race. Jamie Tomaino our longtime
partner with RWJM competed in his 600 race. Thatís a big number if you
realize that on average you run 18 races a year. Over 30 years of racing on
the tour, congratulations Jamie.
Just because I wasnít there doesnít mean RWJM wasnít there. Thanks to
Revís Ray and Scott for filling in and serving. Rev. Ray serves as the
chaplain for New London Waterford Speedbowl. He had some thoughts I would
like to share with you.
New London-Waterford Speedbowl - 600 numbered cupcakes! Thatís
what it took to celebrate Modified driver, Jamie Tomaino's 600th start in
the Whelen Modified Tour. The NASCAR WMT was at NLWS Saturday, and it was a
great show. The NASCAR hauler was parked in the South pit and the team
haulers were parked in the North pit. This lead to the quote of the day, as
Tour officials spoke about Jamieís achievements and perseverance in being
at, and staring 600 races since 1985. Only as Jamie could, said, ďIf I had
to walk this far in all those races for the drivers meeting, it might have
Threatening rain, causing the rearrangement of the dayís racing schedule
but that didnít detour Ron Silk from winning the New England Cycle Center
161. This was Ronís first win for car owner Danny Watts. Danny handed over
the driving duties to Ron at the beginning of the year and that has proven
to be the change needed to get the #82 up front. Congratulations on your
first Tour win as a car owner. A few surprise names showed up in the top of
the results as Max Zachem, Jimmy Blewett, Jeff Goodale, and Rob Summers
rounding out the top five.
It was also a blessing to see and talk with Todd Ceravolo, who was able
to come to the track for a short time. Todd is going through some difficult
and painful physical treatments- which he asked for prayer and healing. He
was assured that God knows all our needs and will hear our prayers.
Thanks to Ray and Tara for sharing this week. Remember they are only two
of the many we have out there serving the racing community. Please remember
our efforts and lift up our Chaplains. Earlier this year I challenged people
to adopt a chaplain. I am still waiting for someone to step forward and take
up the task. Please consider it. Thank you.
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May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
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