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Musings 31, Still Water

July 20, 2017 – I wrote about water, smart water, and still in December, water, cool refreshing rain water,  remains lacking in Southern California. The stores are shelved for Christmas. Temperatures soar in the 80’s, but woolen hats, scarves and gloves are available. For whom? Grandma probably lives in Florida, and we will not be going over the river and through the trees to her home. Better buy a swim suit and sun glasses.

The Presbyterian Church brought truckloads of snow from the North to make a hill on the playground. Children from all around viewed the slippery snow with amazement and slid down the incline on hastily purchased and borrowed boards. A little was left on Sunday, and snowboarding was a sight to behold near the Christmas Camellias.

On Back Friday I bought a non-kink hose from the hardware store. Kinking is a problem with old hoses and some oldsters. Now I can reach 75 feet into my dry garden with water from my kink-free hose.

Water, water, everywhere else, but not here. Yes, we had a few misty mornings in November, but no green-making, drought-busting, life-giving rain water. I’m afraid, “It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more. It ain’t gonna rain no more. How’m I gonna wash my neck, if it ain’t gonna rain no more?”

For dried up souls we have Jesus, who gives us water from the springs of the water of life, cool and refreshing water.

(Psalm 63: 1-2) My soul searches for the Lord in this parched and weary land where there is no water.

(Revelation 21:6) To all who are thirsty, Jesus will give freely from the springs of the water of life.

(Isaiah 12:3) With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation.

(Colossians 3:2) Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.


Musings 30, Global Insanity

Has the world gone insane? I am relieved to say, “NO! It has always been bizarre, but we were not constantly bombarded by its craziness.”

The WSJ reviewed a book written by Scott S. Greenberger, The Unexpected President, and it is not about President Trump, but about President Chester A. Arthur. Arthur was a New York politician elected vice president for James A. Garfield. When Garfield was assassinated, Chester A. Arthur became president. . . Doomsday was predicted!

Corruption and the spoils system and the fleecing of taxpayers were rampant, and it was greatly feared that Arthur would perpetuate the corruption. Arthur was closely tied to New York Senator Conklin, who dominated the Republican party and was chiefly responsible for Arthur’s vice presidency. Both had profited from the corruption in government, and it  was feared that as president, Arthur would return the country to unsavory practices.

Conklin reminded Arthur of his debt to him for the powerful office he had inherited after the president’s death. Arthur is remembered to have said, “For the vice presidency of the United States, I have you to thank. But for the presidency of the United States, my debt is to the almighty.” Chester A. Arthur went on to become a fine president – one term only, but a good one. We will have to read the book to get the details.

Ah! The wonderful irony of history. God has an awesome sense of humor. Sometimes what we think is insanity, isn’t.

(Psalm 62: 8) Trust in God at all times. Pour out your misgivings before him. God is our refuge.

(Revelation 22: 5) And there shall be no night, and you shall need no candle, for the Lord gives light, and he shall reign forever and ever.

(Habakkuk 3: 17) Though the fig trees have no blossoms, and no grapes shall dot the vines, though the fields be barren, and the flocks shall die, I will rejoice in the Lord.

(Psalm 42: 5) Do not be downcast, O my soul, do not be disquieted, for my hope is in the Lord.

Musings 29, All My Heart

Blessed is the one who loves with the entire heart.

The audiology office called to reschedule my appointment. “The doctor’s wife is in the hospital, and he will be unavailable for several days. Can I reschedule your appointment?”

“Of course,” I responded as I checked my calendar. She named a date and time which I approved, busily writing it down. Now, at my age, I have found people go to the hospital to have things fixed, and only when it is certain the condition will not cure itself, but the doctor is probably a little older than my grandson and I supposed his wife, also young, must have a serious condition.

When I saw him, I said, “I hope your wife is feeling better.” He looked surprised. “I heard she was in the hospital,”I explained.

“Yes,” he said, looking rather strangely at me. “We brought home our son. Didn’t they tell you?” Love and joy were written on his face. He could scarcely contain himself as he brought the infant’s picture up on the computer. “Meet Solomon,” he said.

Sweetest little fellow, everybody knows. Don’t know what they call him, but he’s mighty like a rose —  The song popped into my head when I saw the cherub in the picture.

“Why Solomon?” I questioned. “You have an Irish surname. Were you thinking of the smartest writer in the Bible.”

“Actually,” he responded proudly, “the name means peace in Hebrew.”

Solomon is loved with the doctor’s entire heart, and I can pray for Peace with all mine.

(Colossians 3: 23) Whatever you do, do it with all your heart for the Lord.

(Genesis 2:7) And the Lord formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into him life; and he became a living soul.

(Luke 1: 13-14) And an angel told Zacharias that his wife, Elizabeth, would give birth, and they would have a son, and many would rejoice at his birth.


Musings 28, Prospects

We are born with prospects, a future, and an anticipated life. In the 19th century in the golden state of California, prospectors searched for gold to enhance their life. Some found the gold, but others did not. Few women were among them, but there were probably women who searched for the prospectors who had found the gold. And so it goes. We all are prospectors searching for something – – – searching, searching.

Tomorrow my friend Mary will reach the astonishing age of 90. Her health is tolerable, she has managed to maintain a driver’s license and her home, she has a plethora of friends and many interests. Plus – I find this fascinating – she can lift, one leg at a time, each foot straight out of four feet of water. Amazing feat!

What determines success? We all want a long, healthy, and meaningful life like Mary, but some do not attain that. Attitude? Maybe. Circumstances? Probably. When both are good,  prospects to find the gold and happiness in life increase.

For this we have Jesus. We can emulate his attitude by caring for others. We can copy his circumstances by obeying his Father.

Happy Birthday Mary.

(Proverbs 10: 28) The hope of the righteous shall be gladness.

(Isaiah 61: 10) I will rejoice in the Lord. My soul shall be joyful in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation and covered me with the robe of righteousness.

(John 10: 10) and Jesus said, “I come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Musings 27, Praise Him

“Praise him, praise him, all ye little children. God is love. God is love.” The sweet voices of the children remain long after the church service, lingering in my heart. Of course we praise God, but do we all need a dose of praise? Do we give praise to others often enough? Do we offer compliments, the touch-stone of praise, freely?

Mark Twain wrote, “I can live on a good compliment two weeks with nothing else to eat.” He must have been starving for praise, and judiciously offered praise felt – – – well, delicious. He had earned it.

We may not realize we are starved for appreciation, but compliments satisfy our longing to be noticed. Praise feeds us. Catch someone doing the right thing and be free with a compliment, said the teacher of student-teachers. It is better to reach out positively for good behavior, than scold for bad behavior. One’s appearance, his performance and his social behavior can be changed with the reward of praise, reported a Harvard Business School paper.

Offer compliments and praise freely to help your friends and family feel good about themselves. We can’t be stingy with praise. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. God is good, and so are we- – – well, most of the time. He loves us and appreciates us. Can we do more for those around us?

My readers are wonderful – awesome – handsome – smart.

From your Patchwork Writer. Happy Thanksgiving!

(Psalm 100: 4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.

(1 Corinthians 13: 6) Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, or boastful, or proud, or rude. (8) Love will last forever.

(Hebrews 12: 28) Let us worship God with holy fear and awe.

A prayer of thanksgiving from Habakkuk 2, 3.  The Lord is in his holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before him. I know of his amazing works. He comes across the desert and across the seas, over the mountains as bright as sunrise. I wait patiently with gratitude for his approach.


Musings 26, High Beams

I do not like to drive at night, but on a dark road I put on my high beams. Suddenly I can see ahead more clearly, and others can see me. Sometimes animals scurry to the side. Other drivers drop their lights as I approach them, and I drop mine so they won’t be blinded, but having a good light to see what is ahead makes me feel safer.

Some people seem to have high beam smiles. Their smiles light up their faces, and when they direct that smile at me, I feel warmer. It would be difficult not to return a high-beam smile. They’re contagious.

There are many reasons to read the Bible, even when the print is small and you need extra light. Jesus is the light of the world, and as we read the New Testament we take in his light and radiate it to those around us. Reading the Bible is like getting our batteries charged. The world is a safer place when we have light – and we smile at the light. We can “pack up our troubles in an old kit bag, and smile, smile, smile” because there is light. Let’s use those high beam smiles to produce more light. Smile and the world smiles with you. (Then we will never cry alone.)

(Matthew 5: 16) Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

(Matthew 5: 14) You are the light of the world. Do not put your light under a basket, but use it to give light to your house.

(Genesis 1: 14-18) (On day one) God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from night. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth,” and that is what happened.Then God made two great lights – the larger one to govern the day and the smaller one to govern the night. He made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to govern the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.


Musings 25, Energized

Who or what needs energy? Everybody and everything that moves and/or operates – agree? The solar lights in the garden require little batteries which seem to need replacement often, the cordless clocks, the smoke alarm, even our cars require batteries to give them energy. Batteries, large and small, have temporary power. Time wears away at the power in a battery, and we need to restore the energy if our stuff is to be of any use.

We could plug that equipment into our electrical outlets, a wonderful a source of energy. Those outlets are stationary, so would require  extension cords to be useful away from them. Problems abound.

On this earth, we need energy, power of all kinds, solar, wind, horse, oxen – name it. Time and age wear away at our power. Samson had his own source of power, his hair, until Delilah found her scissors. Scripture reminds us that we are bombarded with the negative power of sin that would discourage and defeat us. But the power of Jesus goes beyond earthly power.We must reach out to heavenly power to be effective. Heavenly power is available, inexhaustible, and free. When we feel that lack of energy, we need to reach upward for the source of all power. This little light of mine, let it shine, let it shine! Amen?

(Psalm 96: 2, 3) Come before his presence with Thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with song. For the Lord is King above all.

(Ephesians 2: 8, 9) By grace you are saved, not by yourself or your work.

(1 Peter 3: 8) Have compassion, love as brothers, and be courteous to all.

(Revelation 12: 10) Salvation and strength will come, and the accuser will be cast down.