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Parting with My Love of this Lifetime

by on Jun.25, 2019, under Amazing Life, True Christianity

Paul pondered the choice to be here or to be with the Lord (2 Cor 5:1-9). Paul call it being absent with the Lord. The weight of these words came to me in full force as I held the hand of my wife of 40+ years and watched her slip from this life to be with her Lord and Savior.

Her battle with cancer (23 months) was over while my battle to remain faithful to Him is freshly renewed, every day. Jesus said this life would be full of trials and tribulations, but that He would never leave us nor forsake us. Boy he wasn’t kidding, this has been the toughest walk I have ever made and nobody can do it for you, but they can walk with you so the journey isn’t so lonely.

Our local church family has been a fine example of brotherly/sisterly love as they have rallied around me and my family, caring for our physical and spiritual needs and giving us the time to heal with them, for they have lost someone precious to them too.

It has been a long while since I have written anything and to anyone that has found this BLOG and wondered what happened, I was just putting first things first. Now that I have had some time to process this pain and the changes in my life, I now hope to start regularly contributing my thoughts about what I have learned as well as thoughts about questions you ask.

Padapa

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We Forget to Marvel

by on Apr.24, 2019, under Amazing Life

Wednesday morning I got up early, 4:20am to be exact, and by 9 in the morning, I was standing in Jacksonville FL, a mere 728 miles from my home in Maryland.  In less than 5 hours, I had eaten breakfast, driven about 60 miles and flow 700+ miles. AND, I expected to do the same in reverse that evening and sleep in my own bed that same night!

Can you imagine trying to explain that to one of our founding fathers? The 60 miles I drove would have taken 4-10 hours by horse or 2 1/2 days by foot.  The 700 miles would have taken several weeks to a month by ship, winds depending. Over land, this would have taken approximately ~450 hours, which is between 57 and 75 days.  Just think of how many meals, beds, changes of clothes one would need. The cost was enormous and the supplies need would be tons.  I didn’t even take a tooth brush or a change of underwear.

The founding fathers would have had so much more to worry about, from the horse that would get left in Baltimore to transportation in Florida.  We just rent a car in minutes and we are off and running.  We really are blessed to be living in America in the year 2009.  Would that we would marvel at what we can do and that we would be thankful to God.

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Life …This one’s not the end.

by on Mar.08, 2012, under Amazing Life, True Christianity

An old friend, Dennis Webber, a preacher of the gospel for many years died last year. It was sudden and when I found out he was in the hospital and it did not look good, from a worldly point of view.  From a spiritual view however, Paul calls it “gain” to go and be with the Lord.

Philippians 1:21-23: For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22: But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 23: For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

To his wife, children, grand-children and friends it is loss. But to Dennis, it just might be gain. No more pain, suffering, fighting with this world. Just the joy of hearing our Lord say, “Well done Dennis, well done.”

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Portable Computers … Amazing, if you stop and think about it

by on Apr.27, 2009, under Amazing Life

I am in my fifties and remember a time when nobody had a computer or a calculator.  So yes, I used to use the TRS-80, the Atari 800 (Great Machine, back in the day) and a desktop XT class PC, first with CPM, and then with DOS. Then I used the GEM UI instead of that Windows 2.0 junk.  I was forced to move to Windows 3.1 because some of the software we used required it.

Then I got my first “portable” PC, it was 26lbs and only ran when the cord was plugged in, but at least I could take it with me to a customer’s location, because they didn’t have one, or had none to spare. We booted and ran everything off of 5 1/4″ floppy disks, until I got my 20MB hard disk, WOW! so much space, I could never fill that up!

Boy have times changed.  Now our portable computers weight less than 5lbs and run for 6 hours on a battery.  We can do everything with them and we still complain about Windows. Email, IM, Web browsing and all the standard office apps.

Now our phones can do half of what our notebooks can do. They can do Email, IM, Web browsing and we can even touch our docs and spreadsheets.

We should be amazed, every day!

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