Ponderings with Doug – July 20, 2018

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Bill Moyers is known for his work at CBS and PBS. He is journalist of renown. He is also a 1959 graduate of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with the M. Div. degree. He was ordained as a Baptist minister and served as pastor of the Baptist Church in Wier, Texas.

Perhaps he is most noted for being a part of Lyndon Johnson’s administration. Moyers served as press secretary to LBJ from 1965-1967. He was also integral in creating much of the legislation that became a part of Johnson’s Great Society.

There is an apocryphal story about Moyers and LBJ in a cabinet meeting. One day prior to LBJ conducting his meeting, he called on Moyers to issue the invocation for the meeting.  Moyers dutifully bowed his head and began praying aloud.

Johnson was unable to hear Moyers clearly.

“Speak up Bill, I can’t hear you, “President Johnson chided.

Moyers did not miss a syllable in his response.

“I’m not talking to you, Mr. President.”

Moyers kept right on praying.

While our church staff was out of town for a planning our church year, we received the news of the murder of the infant here in Natchitoches. The news left us breathless and wondering, “How could that happen in our town?”

There are times when words won’t suffice, and this is one of them.

There are times when talking to God and listening for Him is the solitary course to comfort. I need to talk to God about this.

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