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As amateur radio operators we are all interested in contacts. Calling repetitious CQs without replies is certainly not fine business. Our contacts are aimed at getting information on certain pieces of gear; working out the kinks in a new rig; keeping a schedule; demonstrating amateur radio to guests in the shack; hoping for a phone patch to a member of the family or a friend; completing WAS, WAC, DXCC or some other desired award or maybe only at getting a Rag Chewers Certificate.

Most of us have an interesting story to relate regarding a certain contact or several of them. Such experiences compiled in a book would make interesting reading indeed. A good many amateur radio men can tell of bringing widely scattered families together, delivering a message quickly to some remote point or patching a serviceman through to his home. We all look with pride upon the operators who have done yeoman duty in the event of emergencies and crises whether of a personal, community or regional nature.

A lot us like to log rare DX, unusual places and outstanding personages. That brings up a matter that goes beyond the boundaries of our hobby and the time we spend on it to consider something that effects our entire lives. I refer to contact with GOD. Have you ever thought about that? It is possible. Many of our brother and sister radio amateurs are doing it. Not with the most powerful transmitters either commercial or home built. Not with the latest receivers recently from the drawing boards and the production lines. It is being done by the simple and yet miraculous medium of prayer. A few doubters will say, "Do you mean to tell me a man can actually contact Almighty GOD?" Yes indeed! Please take a look at the following statements from Scripture:

"Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." (Jeremiah 33:3).

"He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him." (Psalm 91 : 15).

"Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He shall hear thee..." (Job 22:27).

A distress call to God however presupposes previous contact. That prior QSO should have been for the purpose of being reconciled to God, making things right with Him. The initial prayer of a guilty sinner must include a confession of sin and a request for forgiveness. Then we are told,

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13).

God sent His only begotten Son into the world to lay down His life as a sacrifice for our sin. If we believe that He died for us and rose again from the dead, God will give us the gift of eternal life. How about it? Have you logged a contact with GOD? If not you can do it right now in the quietness of your heart. In a simple heartfelt prayer acknowledge the fact to God that you are a sinner and ask Him to forgive your sin and save your soul for Jesus' sake. It will be the best contact you have ever made because it will mean eternal happiness in heaven instead of eternal suffering in hell.

73 and God bless you

 

 

 

 

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