I saw her across the room I immediately began to pray God, please, let this be her I didn’t know her name Or if she had arrived with Someone else on her arm I only knew I needed to seize The moment before It passed by A long story short We wed several months later And she was the most Beautiful bride I’d seen Ever The envy of my friends The Queen of the Prom The joy of my life… All in one Perfect Until one day A terrible crash Lights of the ambulance Flashed Paralyzed from The waist down Scarred features On her face She barely spoke For a while As I wondered What to do No one envied me Or spoke of her beauty Some stopped visiting Or even bothering To call I could see it In her eyes The fear The sadness Her hope in us Was gone Dear Lord What am I supposed to do A fairy tale no more Some suggest I leave her ToContinue reading »

The sunshine comes out everyday The sky is always blue The clouds stay away There is no sign of rain The roads are always clear The traffic kept at bay Every light stays green Nothing bad will ever happen to you Or me The doctor says we’re in good health The kids stay well behaved They all excel in school College is already paid Absent are the days of Earthquakes, tornadoes And hurricanes Smooth sailing for The rest of our days I bow to one knee As you take this ring Only for the Better For the Worse? No… Things will never change

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Friendship Delights – Part Two

Days ago in Rest in Hope, I posted Part One of “Friendship Delights” that shared about the bond of David and Jonathan, the son of King Saul. Another favorite bible friendship story is that of Naomi and Ruth. Naomi’s two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah became widows, as did Naomi. After her husband passed, returning to her homeland, Judah, was Naomi’s mission. Orpah and Ruth told Naomi that they’d go with her to her people. Naomi discouraged them both, but Ruth persisted. She said to Naomi these words from the book of Ruth 1:16 – KJV, “. . . Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:” How touching is that love, loyalty and devotion?

Naomi convinced Orpah to return to her kinfolk, but Ruth refused to be deterred. Off she went with her mother-in-law to a destiny of which she likely had no foreknowledge. Upon reaching and settling in Judah, Ruth listened to her mother-in-law’s wise and timely advice. Subsequently, Ruth gained Boaz as a husband and he gained a jewel of a wife. Ruth conceived and birthed Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David. Little known is that, according to the genealogy in Matthew 1:5, Rahab, the harlot, — Joshua 2 — was the great-grandmother of David.

Ruth 4:18 – KJV:

Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, and Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, and Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, and Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

Matthew 1:5 – KJV:

. . . And Naasson begat Salmon; and Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; and Jesse begat David the king.

Note: The spellings of the subject names differ in the Old and New Testaments.

I end this with a salute to my nearest and dearest best friend, Arnetta, who has passed on, but memories of her remain solidly in my heart. Ours was a proven and treasured friendship — indeed. The photo that accompanies this piece is of Arnetta and I from “back in the day.”

Ed is packing his tweed overnight bag for his regular weekend trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey to play his favorite game, black jack, at the Bravo casino. Sylvia stands in the door with her bed head hair donned in plaid robe and well-worn slippers. Deep disappointment is etched on her plump face. “Not again, Ed,” she whimpers. Sylvia knows he’s headed to gamble, a “hobby” that has almost ruined their once stable union. It has put a huge dent in their budget, as well. Sheepishly, Ed responds, “I’ve got to win back my losses from the last few times that I played, Sylvia. Don’t you remember, babe, that I sometimes win?” “Actually, I remember the odds and they stack up to — mostly, you lose, which adds up to — we lose, Ed.” Ed winks. “But when I win, I win big, don’t I — don’t we?” Sylvia responds with disgust. “In the WHOLE of the matter, Ed, you’re not even breaking even. You know it, and I knowContinue reading »

How could marriage ever be a sin? Isn’t marriage God’s will for our lives? Look at all the happily married couples in our church. How could God ever frown upon such a beautiful sight? If it weren’t for marriage you wouldn’t be around young man. These are thought you may have right now as you read the title of this article or perhaps you have some different thoughts. Regardless where you find yourself in life, be it married or single, everyone seems to have strong feelings regarding this topic. I should mention from the start that I have nothing against marriage, but with a divorce rate near fifty percent both inside and outside the church, I have to wonder if marriage is the best option for everyone. This seems like an odd thing to say in a society where junior high girls look at bridal magazines in the hopes of eventually finding someone to be happy with for the remainder of their lives. Yet it is this attitude that has causedContinue reading »