P.S. With apologies to hard-working hospital ER workers, this warning: if you don’t have an illness or disease when you must sit in the waiting room, or lie on gurneys, for hours at a time—two nights out of three—you likely WILL before you leave.
Now, to conclude this 2-parter....all taken from the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Fourth, Fred Basset, the dog exits his house barking freely, even joyously. When called by name, he retreats into the house. He hadn’t made a good start; he had broken his New Year’s resolution to stop barking just for the joy of barking. 1/1/19
Comment. Maybe we should just put more substance into our resolution to stop complaining, criticizing, contesting...and whatever else makes relationships difficult or toxic.
Fifth, Hagar the Horrible. A locked castle door stymies our favorite Viking. He called for his personal locksmith. After watching him work overtime on the project, Hagar demands an explanation. The underling admits he can’t do the job but loves to eavesdrop. 12/31/18
Comment. Incompetent as we are serving Jesus, we can’t afford to divert our best efforts in discipleship into extraneous, often irrelevant, sometimes dangerous, contingencies.
Sixth, Marmaduke. A classic. The lovable rascal lies on a vet’s table, being examined. The unspoken conversation centered on the dog’s overweight problem. Which he didn’t like. The picture has him looking sternly at and patting the vet’s protruding tummy, as if to say, “You shouldn’t lecture me.” Leading the vet to riposte that he, not the dog, gave the advice. 12/31/18
Comment. Jesus told his people to listen and obey whatever teachers of the Law taught. However, they should be careful not to follow their behavior Matthew 23:1-4. A doctor may not live his diagnosis, but that doesn’t diminish its value. Professional knowledge, not personal lifestyle, is his strength. Every preacher knows that his example can diminish the value of his message. (Though Jesus doesn’t allow that as an excuse.) Since all Christians are sinners saved by grace, those falling into sin—even leaders—should be corrected and restored gently. For those correcting can soon be the corrected Galatians 6:1-5. Fini