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November 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution


 

 

Matthew 5:7-9  

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

 

Well, it’s been since November 2. I appreciate the calls and efforts some of you have made. I won’t forget those acts of kindness. I have enjoyed a couple of conversations, I know some people have done things for Jamie while she was overwhelmed. I’m not on social media much right now because I am dedicated to prayer, but my phone and doorbell works should you feel the need to check up on me and our family

Twenty days, problems and I have yet to stand on my feet. Someone has done a horrible  job, Ten minutes of basic nursing bed management has caused what could be a 3 or 4 month problem. Just spent a panicked night at Mercy ER because my knee doubled in size within an hour or two. Mercy double checked and found nothing serious. I will make it until I see the surgeon on Tuesday.

Angry and frustrated and a little depressed....you bet. This is where things usually go off the rails and the wheels fall off. I have spent 3 weeks, suffering and unable to proceed in my rehab. If they get infected...the options become worse..

I am not the best patient, I freely admit that. I could definitely call an attorney friend of mine and score a huge payday for everyone involved.  But is that part of the solution or part of the problem?

Somewhere, nested in the excuses and blame shifting among medical people I have claimed to be different; a changed man, a man growing in Christ. . I even was wearing my Aydlotte shirt in the Emergency room. It got looks. But I no longer belong to myself but to Christ. I have frustrations and anger. I am sure someone is nervous and people are scrambling to disavow any responsibility.

But I am different now. Human justice looks different. When I am trying to grow and change and something happens that totally screws it up, It is a true trial. Could I get a half million for what they did…easier than you think. Will I…no. That’s part of a problem, not a solution.

I have a chance for them to see Christ. Greed and revenge is part of the problem. Serving Christ is the solution. Not always so easy to do, but my spiritual physician is much greater than that.

Before I knew God (late 1980’s) I was in a long term care ward at a VA Hospital in Memphis Tennessee. My life was a mess. I could not take care of myself. Everday I was given massive doses of morphine and valium and just waited. The most traumatic part was in a ward of about 20 men with similar injuries. One or more died a week. Many times it happened on weekends, when let’s just say, attendants just wanted to be left alone and I know of 3 people who died because something went wrong and the staff was too intoxicated or whatever to help. So I sat, in their room and watched them die. Later, we heard an “official cause” but I knew it wasn’t the truth. And there was no one to tell. Just get zombied up on more  drugs and hope you’re not the one to get sick at the wrong time. These people were our heroes, from Viet Nam, and other times. They were helpless and it traumatized me greatly because I couldn’t help. They were tossed aside like yesterday's trash. The same military they gave everything to, turnd their back on them and it made me sick and very bitter. Good people, who tried to make  a difference were ground down by the system until they just couldn’t help. Get an inspector in and we were prettied up and “what problem” There was a secret outdoor deck, for the long-term spinal cord patients where we hung out. It was our safe place. Will the system ever get fixed? I’m doubtful. But where is my retaliation? I have prayed for those guys and I hope God has spoken to them as He has me. My representatives in government hear from me regularly about it. And the veteran’s groups whom I won’t name, said they would get me money and that was it. If anyone ever wonders why our enlisted men are heroes, take the time to ask me. I can tell you.

Back to the present; I need them to see God. God is Sovereign in my life right? People need to know it. You can minister the Gospel anywhere. And I tried. I learned more discipline. Spritually I am growing through this. What a blessing! Does anyone else feel so blessed that God will use you in your time of need to comfort others? I wish I was better at it.

Given the events of the last couple of months who are you? How do we take a 50% / 50% country, work together and become a nation that God can once again do great things through. The answer should be obvious. Are you different? Are you a listener, a voice of reason and comfort? Israel was having the same political problems back in the day, What was Christ’s answer. He wouldn’t be a part of either party or movement. His mission was so much more than that. He spread the Gospel. We, as citizen’s are completely missing the point. You are just a noisy gong…

1 Corinthians 13:1-7
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

One of the cool things about the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy hospital is they get things done. They are quiet, in the background mostly, but they are different and you know it as soon as you encounter them. They serve God and you just forget about everything else when you speak with one and after a few kind words with them actually listening to you, you are changed. They change hearts and minds, much more than any of the social media rants I watch with sadness. I want that. I pray for that. Anyone who knows me knows my mouth is not my friend. I’ve been priviledged enough to have many conversations with them over the years and they are different. I strive to be that person…do you?

I am going to rise above this mess and take it to the God who can fix it. I choose to love.

I am praying for you all!

 

Blessings!


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