Monday Fodder - October 26, 2015

Another 'now and then" pair of photos. The top one was taken a little over a week ago of the Cheung Chau Ferry pier in the background with boats in the foreground. The photo below is from an unknown date, because it's from my scanned photos. But it's probably from at least 30 years ago. It's from nearly the same vantage point. The cement blodk in the right center is probably the same one.

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First, I'll give you a health update. One correction I have from last week's Monday Fodder is that I did not have an ECG in July, which is an electro cardiogram, I had a echo cardiogram, sometimes just called an “echo”.


On Monday we had dinner guests at our house, which seems to have turned out to be a “God-thing.” One of the lady guests is a pastor in a rather large church. In her church she has a friend who is a cardiologist and works for Grantham Hospital, which is a government hospital. Even while we were eating dinner she started texting him to see about his willingness to help us get into the government system.  He told us, through her texts to send us the information that he needed, one item of which was a referral letter from our cardiologist who is working in the private sector, and met us for the first time a week ago Saturday.


We’ve gotten all the information to him now, and are just just waiting to see when he can see us and get me started. We're praying that he can get me in on a faster track than I might get under normal circumstances, with normal waiting times.


I learned one thing after I asked the private cardiologist if it was okay for me to walk into town and around the track a few times for exercise. He told me I should not, as my heart is working only at about a 60% efficiency rate because of the aortic valve.


It’s really hard to understand how it got to where it is since I've been hiking trails and mountains for years without any trouble. In fact, in 2010 I did the 100 kilometer (62 mile) Trailwaker event in under 24 hours, my fasted time ever. And I really felt pretty good doing it! If my heart had been only at a 60% efficiency rate, there’s no way it could have happened.  It’s not provable at this point, but the best explanation seems to be from the GP practitioner that I might have had a viral heart infection a couple years ago. Most people who have that happen aren’t even aware of it.


I’m on some meds now that have greatly relieved the only symptoms I had, which were related to the respiratory system. I’m grateful for that. I feel fine, no pain or other symptoms. So I can only have a heart of  gratitude.


This will be a very busy week for me, not related to my own job responsibilities so much, but because of Cindy’s involvement in Elijah House. We’ll have house guests for a few days including the Executive Director of Elijah House, and there are also threescheduled events,  including a pastor’s luncheon on Wednesday, and a seminar on Friday evening and a meeting of the graduates of the Elijah Houses courses.  It seems the events will be well-attended, so Cindy is especialy grateful for the good responses from the churches.


Thanks for your continued prayers. They mean so much to us.  Blessings,  Dave


SERIOUS FODDER


My Child...

You may not know me, but I know everything about you...Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up...Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways...Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered...Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image...Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being...Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring...Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived...Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation...Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book...Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live...Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made...Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother's womb...Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born...Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me...John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love...1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you...1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child and I am your father...1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could...Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father...Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand...James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs...Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope...Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love...Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore...Psalm 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing...Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you...Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession...Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul...Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things...Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me...Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart...Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires...Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine...Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager...2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles...2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you...Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart...Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes...Revelation 21:3-4

And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth...Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus...John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed...John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being...Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you...Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins...2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled...2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you...1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love...Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me...1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you from my love again...Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen...Luke 15:7

I have always been Father, and will always be Father...Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is...Will you be my child?...John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you...Luke 15:11-32

Love,

Your Dad.

Almighty God

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GUFFAW FODDER

     A large, two-engined train was making its way across America.

While crossing the Western mountains, one of the engines broke down. "No problem, we can make it to Denver and get a replacement engine there," the engineer thought, and carried on at half power. Farther on down the line, the other engine broke down, and the train came to a standstill in the middle of nowhere.

     The engineer needed to inform the passengers about why the train had stopped, and always trying to look on the bright side of things, made the following announcement: "Ladies and Gentlemen, I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that both engines have failed, and we will be stuck here for some time until the additional engines arrive. The good news is that you didn't take this trip in a plane!"

~

     Once there was a millionaire who collected live alligators.  He kept them in the pool in back of his mansion.  The millionaire also had a beautiful single daughter.

So one day he decides to throw a huge party, and during the party he announces: "My dear guests, I have a proposition to every man here.  I will give one million dollars or my daughter to the man that can swim across this pool full of alligators and emerge unharmed!"

     As soon as he finished his last word there was the sound of a large SPLASH!  One guy was in the pool, swimming as fast as he could, and the crowd was cheering him on.  Finally he made it to the other side unharmed.

     The millionaire was impressed.  He said "My boy that was incredible!  Fantastic!  I didn't think it could be done!  Well I must keep my end of the bargain, so which do you want: my daughter or the one million dollars?

     The guy says "Listen I don't want your money!  And I don't want your daughter!  I just want the goober who pushed me into that pool

@Sent by Mary Sutherland

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     When I bought my Blackberry, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my > seven kids, their spouses, my 13 grand kids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could  handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

     My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. > I am not ready to  > live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.  The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they  say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or  library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it's red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.

    I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, "Re-calc-u-lating." You would think that  she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead. Well, it was not a good relationship...  When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me. To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven't figured out how I lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under chair cushions, checking bathrooms, and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

  The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden "Paper or Plastic?" every time I  check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but never remember to take them with me.

   I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered,  No, but I do toot a lot."                           P.S. I know some of you are not over 70. However, I sent it to you to allow you to  forward it to those who are. We senior citizens don't need anymore gadgets. The TV remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.

@Sent by Anna Ruth

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     One cold night my furnace died, so I went to my parents' house. In the morning, a neighbor called to tell me that my water pipes had burst and flooded my town house and hers.

     I raced home and on the way got a speeding ticket.

     Then the furnace repairman arrived and told me he didn't think he had the proper fuse but would check in his truck.

     Meanwhile, the plumber cut holes in my bathroom wall to locate the leak.

     When the furnace repairman returned, he held aloft a fuse. "I had the right one after all," he said triumphantly. "This must be your lucky day."

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