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“And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.”
~Luke 9:5

This is probably the hardest of things for us to do…to rid ourselves of what has no purpose, no direction, no positivity, no vested return. We can often think of material things that we really don’t need, but want, and how many of us (me,me,me) have a storage area or three closets filled with non-closet stuff? I also have an attic and basement that I have started clearing. Good things going to the AmVets resale center, one of my favorite donation places and a great place to pick up used odds and ends. The stack of clothes that don’t fit any longer (too large or never getting that slim again) or that don’t fit in to our lives any longer (that green/tan leisure suit)…but…what I am really intending for us (me) to shed…

There are people that bring negativity with every thought, whisper and action. My problem? I have a constant thing I’ve been told is called “Broken wing syndrome”. I’m not sure if that is a real technical term but so many of us have it and it hurts us in our time and place. It stops us from growing and it stops them from growing, as well. When someone speaks of their bad luck life, I lend the ear, but I have also learned to remove myself from the well-intentioned advice and the follow-up feeling badly for them and continuing to prompt them to a better place, even if after months and years that isn’t going to happen. The hardest part when removing yourself is the turn to nasty that happens all too often, making us feel as though we have done something terribly wrong to them. It leaves a stain we feel guilty about, returning again and again. This is not to say that all people who have a hard life turn on us. Some of the finest people I know have been hurt badly time and again but they keep on striving and humping the load and they, too, shed their inhibiting load but they have a sweetness that has come from their life that they share which allows us to grow without going through what they had.

“Sing to the LORD a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful”
Psalms 149:1B

Sing to the Lord a new song. It is okay to change and to find your new place among others, others with which you have not been associated before while remaining in the garden of the good people we have come to know and to love.

I had this beautiful corner garden in my yard, it was full of all kinds of Asiatic lilies. Each year this little garden seemed to transcend to a greater beauty than I had remembered from the year before. It stopped people passing by to take a look and to comment during their short lived bloom. In the last house I had several Rose of Sharon which lined the fence, but here I had none. I wanted one so I planted it right in the corner of that little wedge with my lilies and it took and it grew and within a few short years it started to bloom and became its own beauty with its own love and comments from people passing by. I also noticed, though, that my beautiful Lily patch had sprouted less and had far shorter stems and they no longer bloomed. I had thought perhaps the soil was overused and it no longer had the correct nutrients for the lilies to grow. It appears now that what I had done (with love) is I had placed something which had grown rapidly because of the warmth of sun in that spot but it had taken all of the sun, shading the entire rest of the garden inhibiting my Lilies to such an extent that they could no longer produce their beautiful blooms. The plants that I had replaced the lilies with under that tree thrive in the shade. People are much the same; some need light, some need the limelight, some need shade. Plant yourself with others, like-minded, unless they are wrongly planted, whether it be something hides their sunshine and warmth or the soil is not fertile. Find your sunshine or your shade. Shake off the dust from that other garden and grow in the fertile soil.

“For the LORD takes delight in his people,
and honors the poor with victory”
Psalms 149:4

I wish you peace!
God Bless you!
~b
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There is a way to read the Bible,in which everything of the New Testament are prescribed from the Old Testament. When Jesus came to the earth He was sent to relieve man and not to chastise nor find contempt for us. Some things have lasted from the Old Testament that go on today, even in the medical field. We need to read and reread some things to gain the satisfaction of knowing these things and, quite often, another persons deeper perspective like a matured preacher (not me), can bring to us what are new meanings or fuller meaning of the texts from so long ago.

From Numbers 21:4b-9:
With their patience worn out by the journey,
the people complained against God and Moses,
“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
where there is no food or water?
We are disgusted with this wretched food!”

In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,
which bit the people so that many of them died.
Then the people came to Moses and said,
“We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.
Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us.”
So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses,
“Make a saraph and mount it on a pole,
and if any who have been bitten look at it, they will live.”
Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole,
and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
The Lord had taken against the complaining and caused the people to suffer. The suffering made those bitten die and those who lived were turned back to God and to Moses and understood that they had truly been relieved of a horrible life in Egypt even though they had not garnered great tidings yet. A people stubborn for their wants and not sated by having their needs met. Sounds a lot like today, sadly. So,Moses is told to “Make a saraph and mount it on a pole which he did and then “who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he lived”.

God had opened a door for those who repented and returned to Him. Those in the medical profession still wear that same saraph on a pole,although the caduceus is more likened to Hermes staff with two serpents wrapped around a staff, I find it interesting that Moses staff brought healing where Hermes staff was to bring a sign of peace.

In a move back to the New Testament, Jesus Himself and in His own words compares the healing of people from Moses staff to what will happen to Him, and did happen. Jesus was also raised on a pole and brought healing to those who “look” to Him, bringing them “eternal life” not just an healing on the earths face.
From John 3:13-15:
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

While in our Bible study groups, we should try to find how Jesus life and words are a reflection of how things were forecasted to happen from the Old Testament, yet make no mistake, we are no longer tied to Mosaic law, the laws of Moses to the Jewish people but to the laws and words of the Christ Jesus. Jesus greatly simplified the law when He had given us an additional commandment beyond the first”Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.~Matthew 22:37,38

39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”~Matthew 22:39,40

 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

I also find it interesting that the word “hang” is placed within this context.

To love your neighbor as yourself, to me, relieves all of the writings,but not the actions, of the continued nine other commandments,as it would not be possible to go against any of the nine others if following Jesus command.
Read the Bible. Contemplate its meanings and dig in to respected others who have made it their lifes work to digest the Word of God and to simplify it for us so that we may tune our lives,as an instrument,to act and reflect the words with our lives. In this,we bring an example to follow instead of preaching where we may be found guilty of not practicing but only preaching.

May the good Lord Bless you!

I wish you peace!

~b

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Brothers and sisters:
As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him,
rooted in him and built upon him
and established in the faith as you were taught,
abounding in thanksgiving.
See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy
according to the tradition of men,
according to the elemental powers of the world
and not according to Christ.

For in him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily,
and you share in this fullness in him,
who is the head of every principality and power.
In him you were also circumcised
with a circumcision not administered by hand,
by stripping off the carnal body, with the circumcision of Christ.
You were buried with him in baptism,
in which you were also raised with him
through faith in the power of God,
who raised him from the dead.
And even when you were dead in transgressions
and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
he brought you to life along with him,
having forgiven us all our transgressions;
obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims,
which was opposed to us,
he also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the cross;
despoiling the principalities and the powers,
he made a public spectacle of them,
leading them away in triumph by it.
~Colossians 2:6-15

This is a letter from Saint Paul to the Colossians. It describes everything that is for a Christian and it comes from the pen of a man who had chased the early Christians from their homes, very often made them endure horrific pain and death at his hands and the hands of those he had recruited. Paul had chosen himself as the lead in these trials and had no mercy upon anyone bearing Christ Jesus as their Savior. He himself approached the authorities that were present and had asked for a free hand in reigning in what he had seen as apostacy to the Jewish Hebrew faith. He knew if he hadn’t taken charge that it would destroy everything he believed in…until Jesus stopped him in his treacherous route of Christians, while he was chasing down more people in the next town where he was headed. Jesus had struck Paul down and blinded him. Paul had asked aloud who it was that held such power to stop him in his tracks and to blind him without so much as one physical touch.
From the book of Acts…(Acts9:4,5)
He dropped to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”
He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The voice said, “I’m Jesus, whom you are persecuting”.
Saul understood that it was a higher power that had afflicted him or he could not, would not have afforded this address, “Who are you, Lord”.
Jesus had hand picked His Disciples and made them Apostles of His
church, His teachings and love. Not one of them came to Him asking to be integral with His crew. From John 15:16,
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name He may give you”.

Interesting enough,Jesus had chosen, hand-picked His crew to bring to the Earth His glory to include the one whom would choose against himself and Jesus. The Apostles sat and chose another who had followed since the beginning, one who would take the place at table with the eleven, making them twelve again, although Jesus Himself chose another man to come in to the fold. Saul, who Jesus would rename as He did Peter, to Paul. Paul would live out the rest of his life proclaiming the word of Jesus. Imagine being in Peters shoes…errrrr sandals…just for a minute here. He was surely a go-getter and could talk people in to becoming what he spoke for. He had no problem, as Saul, getting people to band together to pull people from their homes and to kill them, also having the attention of the scribes and all of those considered the upper echelon…and then for the rest of his life, pursuing souls for Jesus Christ, being beaten, whipped and jailed several times for just that. Jesus literally left the flock He had assembled and found the one “lost” and carried him to the fold of His twelve.


“I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance”
Luke 15:7
I can’t even imagine the sound of the Angels as Saul took on the righteous journey of Paul for Jesus had chosen him and he, Paul, answered the call. He knew he would die for it and he knew there were going to be beatings and imprisonment and chasings across the continent and waters. That same person, while imprisoned wrote the letter at the beginning of this blog posting. Take one moment and reread that passage. Let it sink in and become what we are instead of just something our eyes have read. Let’s be a Paul.

Sweet Jesus, You have surely called our names to bring the Good News to our fellow women and men. We who can become distracted by a sliver, still have Your enduring love that is like no other. When people misuse the ability of “Free will” and we don’t often realize it isn’t for the choices of food, sex or the ways in which we live. It is only for the one question,”Do I choose You?”!! Pray for us, Saints and Angels on high. Most Holy Jesus, guide us.

God Bless you!
I wish you peace!
~b

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He [Jesus] said to him,
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments”
~Matthew 22:36-40

Throughout Matthew 22 Jesus is tasked with testing from those in the law. He has established a crew that He rolls with,educating them in His ways but these are common fishermen and tax collectors…sinners. His actual place in the town and surrounding areas has not yet been solidified. The villages He visits have their own governance,per se,and those in governance have become comfortable in their place on the shelf of dominance. The Pharisees and Sadducees and Scribes come to Him often with questions while He is in the crowds. They don’t really seek answers to their questions,as they know the Mosaic law implicitly. They have the words of King David in the Psalms and have meticulously studied the words and actions and the accounts of the prophets. What Jesus has done is not a crime but He has made them uncomfortable.

When we are young,we want to start at the top. We are so very sure that we could run a company,make it more profitable,buy the sweetest car,the best clothes,perfumes and cologne we ever dreamed of and we will live in the lap of luxury. As we move in to the employment market,we find things that stun us to reality.
Has anyone gone to college whether it be for technology,medicine,politics or learning a trade,and when hired,find out that the trash cans still need to be emptied,the restrooms need mopped and all of the “jobs” we had figured on did not entail us doing any of these things? Perhaps we could not land the job in our field quite yet but the loans we had taken out still need to be addressed within six months…which means we have to have enough money to live and to pay back every dime we borrowed…and it’s all in a time frame not dependent on us actually using our education.
Okay,now thirty years later,we sit on the Board making decisions for the whole company or industry. We have a seat in the senate or congress and have been re-elected enough times to have name recognition. We had labored through all of the menial jobs and now hold a place few get to hold in any company…The positions which demand respect from even the teenagers that thought they would be running the company. You really enjoy looking in the closet and seeing all the finest brands there. Your shoes,all your footwear indeed,is expensive and comfortable and could hold its value against any of the competition. You have been able to fill your beautiful home with the finest furniture and appliances. You have a wonderful selection of wines and the refrigerator is full if you don’t want to go out to eat,and when you go to any place you have been invited,you are seated at the head of the table and surrounded by those who respect you for any multitude of reasons.

Along comes this guy who has a great presence. He has a lot of knowledge and isn’t tripped up by questions. He maintains his ease throughout every possible situation and it looks like he is going to rise to the top very quickly,possibly unseating people that have given the blood,sweat and tears needed to acquire such a lofty position,yet He hangs with the sinners,the tax collectors and the commoners in the community. This man is going to unseat the people who enjoy being invited guests of the most prosperous and powerful of the community? Surely makes those with many tassles uncomfortable.
While testing the waters with this man,He gives them what they know to be the first and ultimate commandment but then He adds this second which He calls The second is like it“,making what He is about to say very important.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself”

There were no exceptions nor exemptions attached to this rule given.
Not one!

Love everyone as yourself. No rule which our government would surely make large enough to fill a book in the Library of Congress.Not one person could add to it,subtract from it,divide it,make it exempt from some but not others or attach it to themselves only. The man who took His seat with the sinners and the tax collectors,the prostitutes and thieves. This man never took to dining with the politicians or hierarchy before being seated with His friends. He cared nothing for the tassles or the head of the table. He lived as He preached and,especially in todays times,we could all use a dose of that.

“Love one another,as I have loved you”
John 15:12/John 13;34,35

I wish you peace! No exceptions!

God Bless you!

~b

A young man approached Jesus and said,
“Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”

~Matthew 19:16

The young man said to him,
“All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?”

~Matthew 19:20

After receiving his answer to the first question from Jesus,he had a second,as would we…at least I do. I think of this every day and most nights as I lay down to rest. “What did I do today that I could have done better,or could have gone without”?

I think it’s very important for us to ask these questions of ourselves. It is similar to a personal confessional with God. How was my temper today? Did I make a difference anywhere? Was it a positive difference? Were my thoughts in as good a place as they should be? Did I get down on myself for something that wasn’t in my abiities to do better? Did I judge anyone in any fashion?

Is there ever a day where I feel completely at ease with the past twenty four hours? I don’t think there ever has been,at least not since I returned to the church in 2006. It’s a good thing but also can be a very humbling thing.

I had raised my four children and now I am helping to raise two of my grandchildren. They are in an age of technology overtaking everything. They ask me quite a bit about God and I hope to always have an answer that guides them towards Him,but I do probably fall short. I praise them for their good suggestions,intentions and actions and I do hold them accountable for their missed steps while trying not to be too judgemental. I do find that if I need to reset a rule more than a number of times that I question them a bit harder. It isn’t possible for a grandparent to raise a grandchild in the same manner as they had raised their children and to still keep open the special bond and extras as a grandparent. There isn’t a way to just show up and take them out for ice cream or a special “us only” meal. I can’t explain it but it is different.

I know in my past I had not worried of such things because it was easier to dismiss than to correct my activities but when you get to the point of knowing and revering God,His Son and the Holy Spirit,knowing they are with you and hear you,care about you and care for you,it allows you to know the love they have for you,the mercy they have for you and the great intentions they have for your life and afterlife. My parents both rest in peace but I still honor them and having God in my life allows that I still have a parent to honor that is with me daily.

After the young man got his second answer,he left Jesus and he was sad with knowing what he needed to do and it seemed a great discomfort to him as it was a great mountain to climb. Imagine if we had a face to face with Jesus and could ask such things. I am not sure I would have the nerve to stand with Him or even be able to speak. My hope is that as I ask myself these questions,He still has a perfect way to guide me.Trust in that.

God Bless you!

I wish you peace!

~b

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“Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.” ~Matthew 18:19,20

This sites just how much a union,the precious Sacrament in marriage, with people of the same belief in God matters. We could site the plaque that states “The family that prays together,stays together” but it is backed up further by The Word than by something which can adorn a small part of the wall in a home.

The Word of God,gifted us through Jesus Christ,tells us just how closely we must be knit in prayer to not only gain the attention of God in our requests but to gain access and His Blessings through His Sons presence at the very time of those requests.

Now the lead in to this passage speaks about some one person sinning against another.The person who had been sinned against should take it to the offender and if the offender does not listen,the offended should take with him two or three others and then finally,the Church,in order to gain recompense. It just occurred to me this morning,though,that marriage between two believers in Christ can cause the same union within what the Christ is asking us to do,and if in fact,the family has children raised in the knowledge and are also believers in The Word it builds an even stronger benefit for the prayers petitioned to The Father.

“Where there are four knees,there He be’s” probably wouldn’t sell as a plaque but it would probably solve a lot of prayer requests.

The Word of God should be read daily,followed and taught as a place to find our peace. As I find it challenging,so do others,but the challenge committed to,also brings within it the ability to understand its full meaning,todays light on the meaning and the understanding that it stands for all eternity because it was meant to. It applies to today and tomorrow,not just yesterdays days. I think we have lost so many souls because it was thought of as too old to be of use,especially in such a complex and technology ridden age. How can we possibly bow down to something so simple as a physical rendering;placing two knees on a kneeler (or the floor works just fine) and praying to God with the one other we are destined to Heaven with. Two voices,their souls conjoined,praying to The Lord for their peace.

I wish you peace!

God Bless you!

~b

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By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac,
and he who had received the promises was ready to offer his only son,
of whom it was said,
“Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name.”
He reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead,
and he received Isaac back as a symbol.
~Hebrews 11:17-19

Having read or heard this passage too numerous times to know,as with other passages,there are times that something sinks in a little further than before. As a teacher of religious education since 2006,I love when this happens, although wishing I had known it well before this time.

My first day back at Mass after nearly 28 years,I found a new message in The Lords Prayer that I had not fully realized. It took me being critical of another to understand the meaning of “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive” and since then I have dissected prayer when it takes hold of me with passing knowledge.

In that tradition (let’s call it that) I had learned that Abraham and Sarah were plenty old yet had no offspring and no chance,really,for any to come along. They were plenty religious and pious (archaically so) and through their unwavering belief in God and His righteousness,were gifted one child,Isaac.

Skip forward with me,please.

The story I recall,then went to God asking Abraham to show his loyalty to God by taking Isaac on a trip to make an offering to God,unbeknownst to Issac,he would be that offering. This part always gave me the chills. As the father of four and the grandfather of another four,I could not do as Abraham did. The lack of courage and many other things would surely stop me in my tracks well before we headed out. God forgive me. The only parallel that could be drawn would be we both had one son.

(Any parallel I can draw to someone such as Abraham…I’ll take!)

The new point that I had been gifted this day is this…”He reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead” and then “of whom it was said,
“Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name”. I know it doesn’t read in that order,it is how I was able to digest what is written.

Although it seemed very cold and not-so fatherly that Abraham would trick Isaac into going up the mountain,Isaac asking along the way where they would find the beast they were to offer up as they had not brought the sacrifice with them that Isaac would have assumed would have been,Abraham offering that “God would provide them the beast offering,and Issac unassumedly allowing his trust in God to be with his fathers words.

Here is my point (although always long winded,thank you for continuing with me)…Abraham reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead. He would not be killing his son and lose him but would offer his son up in faith that he would be returning to his home from his trip to the altar with Isaac. Now the idea that God could raise from the dead was surely not a proven thing at this time. Jesus did it with Lazarus and the girl and,perhaps,other times not noted in The Word and Peter did it as well,but they were a lot further down the road timewise than was Abraham.But Abraham did believe it to be true. Why? Because Abraham was also told “Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name”.

Abraham had gone on pure trust in Gods word and His requests. God had promised Abraham descendants,through Isaac,so even if God had asked him to kill Isaac on an altar,as an offering,God would surely bring His own words and promises to life for Abrahams just rewards.

As an afterthought,imagine if Abraham had mentioned to Sarah what he was doing?

Trust in The Word. Trust that you can never be mislead. Look back at the promises and know them to be true,even when considering the worst.

God Bless you!

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~b

by William J Corbett

What we allow in our own life,can be where we indeed hold the fourth nail. This isn’t to say that those around us can do something and we will be held accountable,unless we have caused that persons demise. Planting seed is exactly what we do with every action,every word,every breath. There are many places in The Word that refer to planting seed and the effects it has on us and those around us.


” Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat;r but if it dies, it produces much fruit”~John 12:24


“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop”~Luke 8:15

“Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown”~Matthew 13:7,8

Consider the first from John. He speaks not only of Jesus’ death which has produced two thousand years of fruits (people,souls) but of our existence in this life,our “death” being the giving up of worldly things to accomplish more fruits for the Kingdom of God and,if we were in the times of Jesus and the Twelve,where eleven of them succeeded in dying for their pursuits.

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The Twelve Apostles were:

  1. Simon, who is called Peter
  2. Andrew, his brother
  3. James the son of Zebedee (known as the Greater)
  4. John, his brother
  5. Philip
  6. Bartholomew
  7. Thomas
  8. Matthew, (Levi), the tax collector
  9. James the son of Alpheus (known as the Lesser)
  10. Jude also known as Thaddeus
  11. Simon the Zealot, and
  12. Paul, who originally persecuted the Church

    So then:
  1. Peter died in Rome and was crucified up side down around 67 A.D.
  2. Andrew according to Wikipedia and New Advent was crucified by order of the Roman Governor, Aegeas in Patras, Greece in the mid-to late 1st century A.D.
  3. James the son of Zebedee according to Wikipedia and New Advent was beheaded in Judea by Herod Agrippa I in 44 A.D. (See Acts 12:1-2)
  4. Philip according to Wikipedia died in Hierapolis, Turkey by crucifixion around 80 A.D.
  5. Bartholomew according to Wikipedia was flayed and then crucified in Armenia (next to Turkey) in the first century.
  6. Thomas was killed in Southern India in 72 A.D.
  7. Matthew was killed in Ethiopia in the horn of Africa.
  8. James, the son of Alpheus, died in Egypt or Jerusalem.
  9. Jude also known as Thaddeus died in the Roman Province of Syria in the first century.
  10. Simon the Zealot died some time between 65 and 107 A.D. in either Pella, Armenia; Suanir, Persia; or Edessa, Caistor.
  11. Paul was beheaded in Rome by the Romans in 67 A.D.
  12. The Romans tried to poison John but failed. They may have also tried to boil him in oil but failed again — he wouldn’t boil : )After failing several attempts, they exiled him to the island of Patmos, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, where he wrote Revelations and lived out the rest of his days there.

Something as simple as spreading rumor,called calumny,is planting seed. Have we ever passed along something that we didn’t know for sure was the truth about someone? That is a nail.

How about simple “borrowing”? Had we not asked for those staples,ink and toner or paper products from the workplace? A neighbors tools that were never returned? Simply cashing the paycheck for work that was never done or where we were in the workplace on the clock but were not fulfilling in using every paid minute for the employer? Again,that is a nail.

We plant good seed on fertile ground at the correct depth in many ways. If in hearing a rumor,we could ask the person how they know it is the truth,not spread it any further and even to cancel the invitation as it comes to mind before it comes from the mouth. That ability to say ‘no’ when it comes to mind is planting good seed. Not a nail.

Do we place division in high esteem?

“I am in the one true church”, “Catholics are wrong because…”,”Baptists are wrong because…”, “There are 33,000 Protestant denominations”, “You don’t belong to my ___________ philosophic beliefs so you can’t possibly get to Heaven”.
All nails.
Saint Paul,in his letter to the Ephesians 4:4-6,notes this:

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5one LORD, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all”.

Ephesians 1:22,23:

“and he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23 which is his body, the fulness of him who fills all in all”

Saint Paul,no doubt,planted good seed,in fertile soul,at the correct depth. Strange for a man who had held the fourth nail for so long,right?

Plant good seed. If we have planted something other than this,apologize to the Great Redeemer and ask for His help and mercy,His redemption for you and I and the world, and ask for our hands,mind soul and bodies to be the bearer of such great seed that we can change the world.
God Bless you and keep you.
I wish you peace!

~b

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  • *The picture is called Forgiven and it’s by Thomas Blackshear**

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Cancer. Once again so prevalent in my life. It feels as though so many women and men in my generation have become the victim,some at a deeper level than others,becoming the sadder statistic of the disease.
I was (am) one such victim yet I was able to be cured through a surgical procedure alone with no follow up procedures or medications necessary,only follow up appointments to have my levels rechecked every six months at this point. I have remained at the .0001 status for 3+ years at this point in time. My abilities to strengthen the area came at little expense other than performing an exercise known as “Kegels”,yes,the same exercise that is prescribed for women to tighten the pelvic floor. There are surgical options which could further my abilities to return to a sex life,but as of now I have not followed up on them. It may at,some further point in my life,become more important than it is now and I will wait that out. Nothing about cancer is easy to talk about,but these points do need talking about.

My point made above is that I have been/am a cancer survivor,with little pressure or resolve. The stigma will always bring forth horror stories from everyone who “has a friend that…”. We need not let these stories affect our judgement to proceed with a cure,whatever road that takes us on. More often than not,we should stop people from these stories,as they never help. Cancer,the word,brings enough difficulty to our table especially when it is a tag attached to our own lives.

We need to feel out the doctors and health professionals who intend to be our caregivers. Bring your loved ones with you as I did,more with their support and want than I had given thought to. They asked more questions than I did and many of them I had never even given thought to,all of which were an education for each of us. They attended every discussion with each practitioner I was sent to,or I had chosen.
My first lesson learned…
I/we were sent to a local cancer treatment center that was fairly new to the area,in fact I hadn’t even known of its existence before being sent there. It had a very formal,yet comfortable,meeting room for us to meet the doctors and to ask our questions and to be fully informed of my cancer,its problems and its cures and percentages of cures. It was comforting that two doctors were assigned,one was the head of the unit. The problems started with the first answer we were given and several further questions we had asked allowed the same lack of power in answers.

“I don’t know”…is a harder pill to swallow than any other. This is a doctor,the doctor,that will be prescribing my care to a cure,hopefully. That same answer was given more times than the number of M&M’s you can fit in your mouth at one sitting. Uncomfortable does not reach the height of tension I had gotten to in that short 45 minute meeting. The only thing more scary is that when we were done,the doctor had announced that “we” were going to start radiation therapy for the disease the following week,actually in just several days. Now I can’t speak for everyone but “I don’t know”s don’t work for me from the guy that went to 20 years of schooling and is supposed to be curing me. I informed them that we would be “on hold” with their treatments and I would be satisfying my need for a second opinion.
In our backyard,so to speak,we have a comprehensive cancer center that holds worldwide acclaim. I had wondered why I wasn’t sent there first but you never really second guess your prescribing doctors,especially at that point in the game. I made an appointment at that cancer center and when I/we went there,there was paperwork that needed to be filled out with many questions,byut not too many to become stressful.
There are two departments there that work hand in hand. One is the radiation side and the other is the surgical side. You have a connection to both departments and,to me,it felt like interviewing them. Every question I/we had was answered,and fully. Both departments gave me the same answer as to what route I should go and they gave their particular answers with proof of past relationships in the same boat as me. Now some would think each department would try to make their side of the cancer center more money yet this wasn’t the case. They came together with an agreement for surgery and they had no qualms about it.
This is something I had never known and was delighted (as delighted as one can be with cancer and its stigma) with. It also gave me a boost that my discomfort with the first cancer center was real and right. Little did I know that just less than two years later the original center,the one I was left with such a bad taste of,had been closed down for reasons including the death of a patient that was over-prescribed radiation! Prayers of thanks to God for this path to the second cancer center,and my eventual surgical correction and the continued care and cure success.

Talk about cancer with your loved-ones and friends,close or casually related. We can help those with their continued journeys and uplift those who have fallen on a harder,more intense journey,especially those in their lives. When someone in the family has cancer,all have it,to a degree. Let’s talk about it so that the support overwhelms the stigma.

I veered carelessly from my original intentions with this blog but I let my heart take over when I write and this is where I ended up.

I have a very dear friend who is in the darkest of throes of cancer and I pray for him to still achieve full remission and health. He has lived an exemplary life,albeit it a short life. He is only in his 50’s but he made his wife and his children his main concern. Married solidly to one woman. Raised their children together,always,including the coaching of sports teams and always supporting their extracurricular activities and achievements. He has gone through this cancer for so many years now and they say there is no further abilities for the cure. I don’t believe this to be true but you would have to believe in God to follow me there.
With God there is nothing that can’t be done,or undone. If you would,please say a prayer for my friend. God already knows who you are speaking for. Bring your love and kindness with your simple prayer:God,please cure him of this illness and allow his life to flourish with his wife and children. Allow only old age to take him home to you.Lord please cure all cancer. In Jesus name,we ask these things,Amen.
Thank you for your time and the love of your prayers and intentions!
God Bless you and yours,may He keep you fresh and without illness!

I wish you peace!
~b

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Summertime

William J Corbett

“Summer”,the word brings back a flood of memories that would be hard to express in words as the pictures in my mind are so expressive and colorful,to even attempt a picture would do it disservice.
A myriad of soundbites includes the laughter and teasing,having five brothers and a sister, the local public pool,bicycle rides,hide and seek,the treasured minibike rides;the racecourse limited to circling the house and even one lap turns were highly treasured.
My parents first house,I have no memory of beyond the pictures,as I was less than three years old. The second house,much larger and able to accommodate a family of nine,is where my memories start. I remember watching my brothers leave for school and wanting to go,as well,to an unknown place called kindergarten where everything must be ice cream and games. I had been wrapped in jealousy each morning as they would leave and all I could do was stare out the big windows off the front porch. I don’t remember having younger brothers at this point but they must have been there. I remember “Church for Tomorrow”,my Moms favorite,watched daily soap opera…really called Search for Tomorrow. Along those lines,we would play act answering the phone as my Dad did;”Good evening,corbessence”…which in reality was “Good Evening,Corbett Residence”,but for some reason we turned these things into our own dialect.
Once I was finally able to attend the paradise called kindergarten,I was so nervous that I wouldn’t get there fast enough and I may miss something of the fun and candy. There was a wonderful woman named “teacher” or “Miss Peltoe”…I wondered why she had two names and I probably used my own dialect again for her name but didn’t know yet how to spell or worry about such small details.
The highest order of fun was this thing called the “airport”,which was a jungle gym where we could climb to the top with the toy airplanes and attend a world of imagination and I am very sure that not one five year old in attendance knew the first thing about airports,airplanes and piloting. None of that matters to an open imagination. The only things that mattered were being on the very top of that jungle gym and having the largest toy airplane. There was this disturbance which seemed to happen regularly and become more and more time 
consuming. We would have to put away all of the toys,neatly,sit on the floor in front of this large black wall and Miss Peltoe would draw shapes called letters and numbers and it ended up that “Billy” actually looked like something on paper that I was very happy about and could not wait to show Ma. I am not sure at what point I was allowed to walk home alone,not quite two blocks,but Ma stood at the corner watching for me,probably because of two sleeping younger brothers. I remember two of my classmates ‘walking’ with me…they were on my feet like slippers and I was trying to walk with them. I remember the sounds of their laughter and my grunts,my Mom bent over laughing as I trudged toward her,trying not to bend my latest piece of treasured artwork that would hang on the fridge…until tomorrows masterpiece could take its place.
Now most of this has little to do with “summertime” but without schooltime,summertime wouldn’t really be a thing.

I wish you peace!
~b

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