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Flour Bin

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Growing up on a self sustained farm, my mother would make homemade biscuits three times a day, usually two oven cookie sheets worth. Of course, that number of biscuits required lots of flour and she kept her flour supply in a large aluminum bin in our makeshift pantry. Gee, how I miss those delicious biscuits, which I did not appreciate until years later when she no longer made them. And a funny thing is that I was an adult when I saw a similar aluminum bin in someone’s driveway and asked why they kept their flour outside. Little did I know that most people used those aluminum bins as trash cans.

Forgive

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“Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive
him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭17:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Forgive

Recently a retired minister told me how his family still blames him for the death of one of their relatives. All he had done was wired money to her at her request. His action came from his love for her. But her boyfriend who was drug addicted murdered her for that money. Clearly the minister had not done anything wrong, but years later he struggles with guilt, which has been reinforced, if not caused, by his family members blaming him. Now I feel certain that he has counseled people during his pastoral career about such undeserved guilt, but he has suffered for many years. Hopefully my discussion with him eased his conscience and reminded him that God forgives us when we repent and turn from our sin. In his case, he didn’t need forgiveness, except from himself.

 

Tough Times

C922E4F0-A9F9-4E23-830C-1C409B4C13F3“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Tough Times
Some days will be difficult and nothing seems good. These tough times are when we need to fully rely on God. I came into work very early on Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday to prepare for an anticipated hectic day. My computer would not work, neither would my printer. There were multiple errors on the patient charts, that I was able to check, and no one would be held accountable for making them, except me by legal default. I am exhausted from travel and stressed about the upcoming holiday madness. Another Monday in the tank! Time to hold steadfast on His promises.

December

5ACC3B75-2D82-442C-918E-9E90ED587991“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

December

December is always an exciting month. It brings winter and Christmas, as well as a break from school and work for some. This year it is the last month before the start of the twenties. I am so hopeful that this new decade will bring positive changes in our world. Obviously we cannot predict the future, but we can trust that God will keep His Promises.

Thanksgiving

83705AB7-268C-4698-B2A6-88FE5B9042B8“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭100:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Thanksgiving

Our country created this holiday and it is one of my favorites. It is a time when the only expectation is to gather with family and friends and celebrate the bounteous blessings we have been given. Having been to a few third world countries, it is apparent that the vast majority of us in this country have tremendous wealth and plenty of food. Truly we have so much to be thankful for and we should be thankful every day. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Alive

F463943D-F343-4BC1-9EDB-1DD7D7747FA2“So he is the God of the living, not the dead, for they are all alive to him.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭20:38‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Alive

I just learned that a young patient of mine died after a long battle with cancer. She had such Faith with a spirit that shined bright and beautiful. As an oncologist, I often see courage that seems beyond reason and wonder how these individuals can bear so much suffering. It is easy to say how we should face such illness, but difficult to endure when the pain intensifies beyond our imagination. Indeed this woman’s relationship with The God of The Living allowed her to pass with Peace that cannot be humanly understood.

United

3CB54149-B2C0-49D0-817C-D98DD95B30C9“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

United
As a human society, we have common healthy goals that can be obtained more readily when we are united. Watching our government bicker like immature children disgusts most of us; because, deep down, we know we have more similarities than differences. Still the enemy tries to divide us by focusing us on those areas that have fierce opposition. As the 1970 song proclaims, “United We Stand”! We must learn to love and forgive and be united in that respect. Our future depends on it.