One of the things I like to do is bowl.  I got hooked on the game of bowling while in high school…probably because I bowled my highest game ever…a 247 (out of a possible 300 game score).  Anyway, since retiring from the USAF, I’ve been bowling on a women’s league called Tuesday Night Strikettes.  Currently, I have the highest average on my team…a 155 average (down ten pins from last year though…☹).  What that means for the team, though, is that I bowl last in the team lineup order…in the “anchor” spot.  You see, sometimes (thankfully not often!) game scores are so close between opposing teams, that winning or losing the game could very well depend on each team’s “anchor” bowler. That’s exactly what happened last Tuesday night.  I needed to get a “spare,” which would enable me to get me an extra roll of the ball.  And, on that extra roll, I would need to knock down at least nine pins for us to win the game.  Guess what happened?  I did get the “spare,” and on the extra roll, I rolled a strike and knocked down ten pins!  Whew!  And, that’s when one of my teammates came up to me and said, “Thanks for being ‘our anchor.’ ”

When I got home that night after bowling, that phrase…”our anchor”… I couldn’t get it out of my head. Thankfully, it didn’t go to my head, but it did start floating around in there as all I could think about was how great it is to have God as “our anchor” bowler!    God is our rock and protector… our anchor as we weather life’s storms.  In a meditation I just read, entitled “Our Anchor in the Storms of Life,” from “for Such a time as this,” Vol 3 it says,  “If he (God) loved us enough to send His Son to die for us, he certainly loves us enough to keep us safe from every earthly storm.  Bonds of love tie us, anchor us to him—bonds which will never be broken.”

With IOKDS, it’s not only the “tie of love” that anchors us to God… but it’s also the ties of Faith, Hope, and Charity.  Our mission is to grow ever closer to our anchor, God, by learning God’s Word and by serving God ‘In His Name”.

“On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.”


Cathy Duncan, International Secretary

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