Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! We have sunshine this morning! Yay! There was a pretty sunrise and now a few clouds are in the sky, but it is a beautiful day so far!
Yesterday I had an appointment with my doctor to check up on how I am doing recovering from the side effects of the new med he put me on. In order to get to his office, I have to go through the huge mess at 83rd and 9th St. where the construction takes up more and more of the street. I Got through OK, but had to wait about 5 or so minutes, maybe longer, for the light to change and the long line of traffic to get through. Doesn't look like they will be done any time soon!
But when I got to the office and signed in, I only had to wait a few minutes, got called in to the exam room and just another few minutes and the doc was there! We had a nice long chat of about 20 minutes. He did not seem to be in any hurry, so we chatted about living wills, plans for the future when an older person falls ill, his personal experience with a family member who is on life support, church, and why he thinks they are social clubs . He does not like that they ask for money. (I did not point out that giving is to the Lord and churches do not ask; it is voluntary), His viewpoint is colored by his experience of being raised Catholic and going to a Cath. school until fifth grade. Apparently, it was a bad experience. I told him he should come to my church to get a different take on why church is not a social club. All in all, it was a good chat and I was happy that he took so much time with me.
After I left there, I decided to go on to the park, where I saw a lonely wood stork perched on the bank of the canal by the weir. Wood storks always look sad to me...just something about their hunched up stance, I guess. Then I saw the baby gopher tortoise again, and also a young woman throwing out peanuts to the squirrels, strictly a no-no, as she walked rapidly toward the office. Not much use saying anything to someone about it, since no one is around to enforce the rule. A lot of people were hanging over the bridge looking down at the small stream of water in the canal which is really down. But God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to rebuild.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.'
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak up.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy
Love and hugs