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Puppy Love

Puppy Love . . .

 

Some of the greatest lessons of life, I learned from my dog.

 

I thought I was getting my daughters a cute little cocker spaniel puppy; the owner of the "mom and pups" even had his tail docked, cocker-style.  The girls named him Jody.  It turns out, though, that Jody's dad was obviously no cocker but more likely the shiftless cur down the road.

 

Jody had hunting instincts and he was just beginning to learn to tree squirrels when his downfall came.  While on a late night escapade, he collided with a Buick, and the car won.

 

The thing I remember most about this pup were the times I headed to the woods to deer hunt and left him at home.  Looking in the rear-view mirror at those sad eyes as I drove away flooded me with guilt.  Each time I returned home after a hunt, however, Jody rushed out to greet me, stubby tail whipping side-to-side, slathering me with kisses, so anxious to see me.  I learned a lot from Jody about unconditional love . . . a love that held no grudges.

 

1 Corinthians 13 is a "love" chapter of the Bible. I read where love is patient, kind, not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 

"And now these three remain: faith, hope, love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

 

I never read this chapter without thanking God for His unconditional love and for remembering Jody, that little half-breed cocker spaniel pup who showed me what genuine love is all about.

 

 Glynn Harris

 

Award-winning Outdoors Writer/Broadcaster, who is married to Kay.

Deacon, First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana

 

 

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Lesson Learned from Sharing

Lesson Learned from Sharing . . .

 

On this Christmas Eve, my thoughts turn to my growing-up days in the country. My brother, sister, and I grew up in a family that by today's standards . . . could be considered poor or "under privileged."

 

We always had plenty to eat, thanks to our mama's expertise at baking biscuits, bread, cakes, and canning produce from our garden.  . . . And there were always hams and sides of bacon curing slowly in the smoke house out-back.

 

We had ample warm clothing and as the oldest child, I'd get something new to wear and hand-down last year's apparel to my younger brother.

 

Our existence may have been rather meager, but we had qualities handed down to us by Christian parents that have endured.

 

Christmas was the most special time of year for my siblings and me. The tree was a cedar that our dad found in the woods and brought home for decorating. Strings of colorful lights? Not a chance; electricity didn't come to Goldonna until later. Our cedar was decorated with sweet gum balls wrapped in foil, icicles, and what we called "red roping." Mama fashioned a star for the tree top by cutting one out of cardboard and wrapping it with foil.

 

Sister Linda would get a doll or tea set while Tom and I were thrilled to find a BB gun, toy truck, or cap pistol under the tree.

 

While all these send my memory into overdrive, the Christmas meal our mom prepared still stands out vividly in my mind . . . chicken and dressing, a baked wild duck, ambrosia, and her famous applesauce cake.

 

Before we sat down to this special meal, mama would prepare a tray piled high from our table . . . and the whole family would walk through the pines to a simple wooden house where an old couple lived. I don't remember seeing a Christmas tree or decorations when we knocked on the door and walked into that house.

 

What I do remember is seeing the delight on the faces of that old couple because without what mama had prepared for them, they would have had no Christmas cheer.

 

I am reminded of the parable in Mathew 26:35-40 (NIV) that culminates with the Jesus' statement . . . "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers or mine, you did for me."

 

Memories of events of Christmas' past may have become blurred, but that one unselfish act my mama taught is a lesson that will never ever fade.

 

Glynn Harris

 

Award-winning Outdoors Writer/Broadcaster, who is married to Kay.

Deacon, First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana

 

 

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NEVER ALONE

NEVER ALONE . . .

     . . . Genesis 28:10-22

 

"Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you." Genesis 28:15 (NKJV)

 

Esau was so angry at Jacob that he threatened to kill him after his father death.  Rebekah learned of his plans and sent Jacob to her brother Laban's house in Haran, which was 550 miles from where Jacob lived.

 

PURPOSE REVEALED (Genesis 28:10-15)

During Jacob's 550 mile journey from Beersheba to Haran, he stopped to rest.  That night he had an encounter of the divine kind.  He saw a ladder with angels ascending and descending on it.  God spoke and told Jacob He would give him and his offspring the land on which he was lying.  God further told him that his offspring would be like the dust of the earth and all the people on earth would be blessed by his offspring (See Genesis 28:13-15).  Jacob had his own secret service protection by none other than the "All Mighty God Himself."

 

PRESENCE REALIZED (Genesis 28:16-19)

Jacob exclaimed, "Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it. Genesis 28:16(NKJV)   Jacob exclaimed. "This is none other than the house of God.  This is the gate to heaven!" Genesis 28:17 (NKJV)   Have you ever felt this way after a worship service?  This makes us shy people want to lift our hearts and hands to heaven!  Jacob named the place "Bethel' which means "House of God" (See Genesis 28:19).  What a difference a divine encounter makes!  As a result of powerful pugilism, Jacob limped off with a new name "Israel."

 

COMMITMENT MADE (Genesis 28:20-22)

Jacob was the only Patriarch to make a vow.  He said if God would watch over him, protect him, and provide his food and clothing and return him safely to his father's family, then he would fully trust the Lord (See Genesis 28:21-22 ).  Baptists, hold your hats, Jacob even pledged to tithe. (See page 26 of your Sunday School quarterly for an overview of the tithe.)   Jacob's vow was an expression of confidence and faith in God alone.  Like Jacob, we too must take a "leap of faith" in response to God's goodness!

 

Charles Foxworth

 

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Education (Ret.)--Louisiana Tech University -- Ruston, Louisiana

Supply Minister for Concord/Union Baptist Association -- Ruston, Louisiana

 

 

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