This was my view from Queen Mary Hospital The island on the right in the background is Lantau Island. Below, these were actually supposed to be pajama bottoms with long legs. On me, they came just below the knees. They were not made with tall Americans in mind.

Monday Fodder - January 18, 2016

I’m sorry that I was not able to do Monday Fodder last week. I got a call from the Queen Mary Hospital where my surgery will be done on my birthday, January 7. They wanted me to come into the hospital for an overnight stay on Monday and Tuesday to conduct their own tests on my heart. They were basically the same tests that I had done in December at the Grantham Hospital.

I wanted to clear up one thing that may have been confusing from a Facebook post. I used the word “urgent” when was describing my condition as the doctors determined. That made it sound like I could drop over at any time. The word they actually used was “serious,” which seems to be more of an internal term they classified my case as, to warrant an earlier surgery.

The doctors in Queen Mary said that the surgery Will have to be more extensive than just replacing that aortic valve. Said that because the heart was enlarged, the conduit or blood vessel/s was also enlarged, and in time could first. So he said they will need to replace that/some vessels as well. I’m not sure how many. The mitral valve may also need to be replaced because of the heart enlargement. They’ll determine when they operate if they need to replace that one.

The doctor did say that my heart valve will continue to get to deteriorate, the timeframe he mentioned was 5 to 10 years. In fact I have the green light to go to Thailand at the end of this month for our mission retreat come and also to do moderate exercise.

With the serious category they will do the surgery within three months, and at the moment it looks like it will be probably March when they do it. I did put in a request to have it done more towards the end of February, If possible, Which would allow a few weeks of recovery, and still allow Cindy to go back to the States in time to help my daughter, Becki, when our new granddaughter is expected to arrive.

In the meantime, I feel fine and if the doctors didn't tell me I had a heart problem, I still wouldn't know. I have plenty of energy to go about my daily duties.

I do appreciate the concern and prayers that have gone up on my behalf. I know God has been working to open the doors.

Please remember Cindy these next two weeks as she is extremely busy getting in some supervised counseling hours in requirement for her Elijah House Prayer ministry qualifications.

That’s my update this week. Make it a great week.  Blessings, Dave


I Knew You Would Come - Tim Levin

     Earl C. Willer tells the story of two men who grew up best friends; though Jim was just a little older than Phillip and often assumed the role of leader, they did everything together. They even went to high school and college together.     

After college they joined the Marines. By a unique series of circumstances they were sent to Germany together where they fought side by side in one of history's ugliest wars.

     One sweltering day during a fierce battle, amid heavy gunfire, bombing, and close-quarters combat, they were given the command to retreat. As the men were running back, Jim noticed that Phillip had not returned with the others. Panic gripped his heart. Jim knew if Phillip was not back in another minute or two, then he wouldn't make it.

     Jim begged his commanding officer to let him go after his friend, but the officer forbade the request, saying it would be suicide. Risking his own life, Jim disobeyed and went after Phillip. His heart pounding he ran into the gunfire calling out for his friend. A short time later his platoon saw him hobbling across the field carrying a limp body in his arms.

     Jim's commanding officer upbraided him, shouting that it was a foolish waste of time and an outrageous risk. Your friend is dead, he added, and there is nothing you could do.

     "No sir, you are wrong," Jim replied. "I got there just in time. Before he died, his last words were 'I knew you would come.'"

     Think of it friends. Someday, we'll be together in Heaven and I'm certain that we'll be rejoicing and saying the same thing.  "Jesus, I knew you would come back for me."

     He is the epitome of Loyalty. His love for us was so great that He gave up His life on the cross.  He said that He would come back and take his church back to Heaven to spend eternity with Him. You can count on that!

     I don't believe that it's a long time off in the future either. Be ready.

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    It was a sunny Saturday morning, and Joe was beginning his pre-shot routine, visualizing his upcoming shot when a voice came over the clubhouse loudspeaker - "Would the gentleman on the woman's tee please back up to the men's tee, please!"

    Joe was still deep in his routine, seemingly impervious to the interruption. Again the announcement - "Would the man on the women's tee kindly back up the men's tee!"

    Joe had had enough. He shouted, "Would the announcer in the clubhouse kindly shut up and let me play my second shot!"

    I am very familiar with not being as far down the golf course as I am expected to be after my first shot!  :-)  And sometimes, I'm not as far along spiritually as others think I should be.  There are some others who are not as far along spiritually as I think they should be.

    What is to be our attitude toward these "weak" brethren?  Sometimes the situation calls for some words of gentle rebuke (Heb. 5:12-14). Sometimes the situation calls for patient forbearance (Rom. 14:1).  In all things, our goal is to encourage and build up.

    "We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.  Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up." (Rom. 15:1-2, NIV).

    May we truly encourage one another as we live our Christian lives, with those who are strong helping those who are weak.  We need all the help we can get!

~Alan Smith - Helen Street Church of Christ - Fayetteville, North Carolina

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Make Up Your Mind, Oreo

(by Arthur Gordon)

    This morning our cat Oreo (so named because he is a handsome black-and-white), and I went through a familiar ritual at the back door.

    Oreo had been outside for a while and began meowing because he wanted to come in. I opened the door and waited, but he did not come in! He stopped and lowered his head suspiciously, as if I were a deadly enemy. "Come on, Oreo," I said impatiently.

    He sat down thoughtfully and began to wash his face.

    "Oreo," I said, "I give you food, and I supply all your needs. If you do anything in return, I don't know what it is.. Now I'm personally inviting you into my home. Please come in."

    Oreo put one foot across the threshold, then drew it back. He turned to look out across the yard with some remote, unfathomable expression, and he didn't come in.

    "Oreo," I said, "I'm not going to stand here forever. If you don't come in, I'm going to close this door. This is your last chance!"

    I started to slowly close the door. Did he come in? No, he sat there exercising his free will or something. He'd come in when it suited him and not before. He figured I'd be patient. So far, he's always been right.

    God made cats, He also made people. I wonder how He feels when He stands at the door and waits ... and waits ...and waits

    I think I know.

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This explains everything.

     I am a "Seenager": Senior teenager

I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later. I don't have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I have my own pad. I don't have a curfew. I have a driver's license and my own car.

     The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant, they aren’t scared of anything, they have been blessed to live this long.  Why be scared.

     Life is Good! Also, you will feel much more intelligent after reading this, if you are a Seenager.

     Brains of older people are slow because they know so much. People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe this also makes you hard of hearing as it puts pressure on your inner ear.

     Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full, so too, do humans take longer to access information when their brains are full.

     Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for.  It is NOT a memory problem, it is nature's way of making older people do more exercise.

     I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can't remember their names.  So, please forward this to your friends; they may be my friends, too.

     SO THERE!! And finally Happy New Year and a healthy, happy 2016!

@Sent by Anna Ruth



- A black cat crosses your path and drops dead.

- All your modeling jobs are for cartoonists.

- Nothing you own is actually paid for.

- The bird singing outside your window is a vulture.

- The bride's family throws rocks instead of rice.

- There are enough candles on your cake to set off your smoke alarm.

- The health inspector condemns your office coffee maker.

- You have to borrow from your Visa card to pay your MasterCard.

- You have to take out a loan just to get money for the down payment.

- You put both contacts into the same eye.

- You wake up and your braces are stuck together. (Or,

- You wake up and can't remember where you put your teeth).

- Your chauffeur is on parole for car theft.

- Your children's school calls to surrender.

- Your doctor tells you that you're allergic to chocolate.

- Your engagement ring is, upon closer inspection, plastic.

- Your plants do better when you don't talk to them.

- You have to hitch hike to the bank to make your car payment.

- Your suggestion box starts ticking.

- You see the captain running toward the railing wearing a life jacket.

- The plumber floats by on your kitchen table.

- The pest exterminator crawls under your house and never comes out.

      See, now, it could be worse! Don't you feel better???

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     I'd been working on my business degree for about a year when I finally got to take a popular finance course. I went to the bookstore to buy the text and was shocked to find out that it would cost me $96. I asked how much it was worth if I sold it back at the end of the semester.

     "You'll get $24," said the clerk.

     "This is insane," I protested as I wrote out the check.

     "I know," replied the clerk sympathetically. "I've always thought that a person who buys a finance book for $96 and then sells it back for $24 should fail the course."

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