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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Saturday Sermonette--Why Me?

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Why me? I'd be willing to bet I'm not the only one who has asked this question, right?

Given some of the things that have happened to me, I could ask this a lot.

*  Broke a finger playing softball when I was about twelve--the finger never healed right, and it is permanently crooked.

*  Caught in an explosion with my two-year-old daughter when I was twenty-one and still have the scars.

*  Appendicitus at age twenty-seven--the appendix had gangreen.

*  Inherited a defect in my teeth--too few (I had twenty-four instead of thirty-two) and very few of the ones I got were adult teeth. Lost all the upper teeth and now wear dentures.

I could go on, but why depress everyone?

I could push out my lower lip and cry, "Why me?"

I could blame God.

I could spend my time and resources to try to fix everything.

Or I could grin and bear it. I could look around me and notice many more worse off than I am. And try to help them when I can.

Or I could praise God for what I have. My family, my friends, my church, my home, my clothing, my pets, my garden, my occupation---well, you get the picture. There are so many more things that I have than those I don't have. Really, I have all that I need. Like St. Paul, I've learned to be content with what I have rather than to yearn for things I don't have. Thanks, Lord.

Can you?

I hope so. I pray so.