Author Archive: theshepherdspresence

What Would You Do?

With test results in hand, the doctor solemnly looks at his patient and says, “It is acute leukemia.  You have approximately two weeks to live.” This is not a hypothetical question.  Those words were spoken to an acquaintance of mine over the weekend.  Loreen has about two weeks left of her life.  Pastor announced it …

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Admiration

For the past two days I have been observing the construction of a new concrete driveway across the street.  On Saturday I saw a tree come down to make room for a wider driveway and that is a skill all its own too.  Then yesterday the bed was laid by taking out the old driveway. …

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Jellybeans

Easter and jellybeans seem to go hand in hand.  While I no longer have baskets to fill, still, I buy jellybeans.  Why?  I like them.  Most jellybeans are a mere ten calories each and eaten in moderation give just that little sweetness for which I yearn.  This year I bought two bags of the fascinating …

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Trust

  “To trust God in the light is nothing.  To trust God in the dark, that is faith.”   C. H. Spurgeon Please pray for a little girl, 10 years old, who was diagnosed with lung cancer this week.  Her name is Elana.

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Were You There?

        The Negro Spiritual song, “Were you There” evokes our senses to the death, burial, and rising again of Jesus, our Lord.  The tune is a mournful sound and the meter is slow moving.  The stirring words:  sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble almost causes one to want to shun the whole experience …

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Fifty-Six Years

  Take a stroll with me.  We will meander on a street called Memory Lane. That first car of mine, a 1951 Studebaker, was not a beauty by any stretch of the imagination.  It cost me ninety dollars back in 1961 when I was working at the local A & W root beer stand as …

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The Piano Tuner

A fine gentleman in my church is a piano tuner.  I am not exactly sure how piano tuning works although I do play the piano for my own amazement.  If the piano were only dreadfully out of tune would I know it.  Chris also plays the piano and on occasion blesses us with music during …

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Recovery Mode

Almost everything I know about document processing has been learned by trial and error.  Back in 1997, my son-in-law introduced me to my first computer.  He built it out of odds and ends of computers that had been dumped on his dad, and gave me a starter kit, so to speak.  It was Windows 3.1 …

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Locked Out

The weather was a pleasant and sunny day.  For that reason, I decided to take a few things out to my storage shed.  I also strayed from my intended job to pick up some fallen branches and sticks in the yard. To my delight, I also inspected some plants growing in the flower beds already.  …

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This and That, Here and There

Over the years, I have developed a method for remembering tasks that are standing in need of action.  Now that I no longer work daily, things get away from me.  My tickle file piles up because I do not look at it regularly enough.  This is not a new idea.  Abraham Lincoln used a similar …

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