A Merry Heart . . . . !!!

Posted: under "LOVE is LOVELY", Inspirationals.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Doeth Good Like Medicine

<><><><><><><><><>

photo

.

“A Merry heart doeth good like medicine.”

– Prov. 17:22 (KJV)

.

Hospital volunteers do no clinical work.  Volunteers have no physically therapeutic treatment of offer.  They dispense no medicine. But we cannot deny that they demonstrate the merry hearts as spoken of in Proverbs 17:22.  At the core of volunteering is the fervent desire to “doeth good like medicine.”  Because I am privileged to experience a daily confirmation of the good done by volunteers, it is very difficult to choose one vignette or narrow the choices of stories to one.

.

It was Christmas time and our elderly visitor was back to see her husband in the Intensive Care Unit.  We had watched her daily visits, and could tell she was becoming more distant and distraught with each day.  She was rather frail and unsteady on her feet, but refused any offer of assistance.

.

Volunteer John approached her on her way out, to offer her a ride back to her car in our shuttle as it was cold.  She accepted reluctantly, almost as if in resignation.  While helping her into the shuttle,

Read More

Comments (0) Mar 25 2012

A MountainWings Moment — The Rented Room‏

Posted: under "LOVE is LOVELY", Inspirationals.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

photo

.

    The Rented Room
    ================

    .

    Our house was directly across the street from the clinic
    entrance of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. We lived
    downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to outpatients at the
    clinic.

    .

    One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at
    the door. I opened it to see a truly awful looking man.

    .

    “Why, he’s hardly taller than my eight-year-old,” I thought as I
    stared at the stooped, shriveled body. But the appalling thing
    was his face, lopsided from swelling, red and raw.

    .

    Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, “Good evening. I’ve come
    to see if you’ve a room for just one night. I came for a
    treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there’s no
    bus ’til morning.”

    .

    He told me he’d been hunting for a room since noon but with no
    success, no one seemed to have a room. “I guess it’s my face…
    I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more
    treatments…”

    .

    For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me,
    “I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus
    leaves early in the morning.”

    .

    I told him we would find him a bed, but to rest on the porch.
    I went inside and finished getting supper. When we were ready,
    I asked the old man if he would join us. “No thank you.
    I have plenty.”  And he held up a brown paper bag.

    .

    When I had finished the dishes, I went out on the porch to talk
    with him a few minutes. It didn’t take a long time to see that
    this old man had an oversized heart crowded into that tiny body.

    .

    He told me he fished for a living to support his daughter, her
    five children, and her husband, who was hopelessly crippled from
    a back injury.

    .

    He didn’t tell it by way of complaint; in fact, every other
    sentence was prefaced with a thanks to God for a blessing.

    .

    He was grateful that no pain accompanied his disease, which was
    apparently a form of skin cancer. He thanked God for giving him
    the strength to keep going.

    .

    At bedtime, we put a camp cot in the children’s room for him.
    When I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly folded
    and the little man was out on the porch.

    .

    He refused breakfast, but just before he left for his bus,
    haltingly, as if asking a great favor, he said,

    .

    “Could I please come back and stay the next time I have a
    treatment?  I won’t put you out a bit. I can sleep fine in a
    chair.”  He paused a moment and then added, “Your children made
    me feel at home. Grownups are bothered by my face, but children
    don’t seem to mind.”

    .

    I told him he was welcome to come again.

    .

    And on his next trip he arrived a little after seven in the
    morning. As a gift, he brought a big fish and a quart of the
    largest oysters I had ever seen. He said he had shucked them
    that morning before he left so that they’d be nice and fresh.

    .

    I knew his bus left at 4:00 a.m., and I wondered what time he
    had to get up in order to do this for us.

    .

    In the years he came to stay overnight with us, there was never
    a time that he did not bring us fish or oysters or vegetables
    from his garden.

    .

    Other times we received packages in the mail, always by special
    delivery; fish and oysters packed in a box of fresh young
    spinach or kale, every leaf carefully washed.

    .

    Knowing that he must walk three miles to mail these and knowing
    how little money he had made the gifts doubly precious.

    .

    When I received these little remembrances, I often thought of a


    Read More

    Comments (0) Mar 25 2012

Prince Harry jammin’ to Reggae in beautiful Jamaica

Posted: under "Jamaica Labrish Korner", "Jazzy REGGAE ~ Irie Riddim", "SMILE" Jamaica ~ "Once You Go --- You Know", "Welcome to JAMrock ~ JAMAICA ~ NO PROBLEM".
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Jamprid.png Jamaican Pride Flag image by TFlareKC3

***

Irie!!!

.

Party Prince Harry danced his socks off in blue suede shoes during his royal visit to Jamaica.

.

The prince was visiting Kingston when he was pulled to his feet by attractive

Chantol Dormer.

.

The 27-year-old royal proved that his rhythm was on par with jammin’ style as he boogey-down to a rendition of reggae legend Bob Marley’s “One Love”.

 .

That night Harry attended a black tie state dinner with Prime Minister

Mrs Portia Simpson.

.

In a well-received speech the prince had his audience eating out of his hand with a few jokes in the local patois.

.

He said: ‘I count it a great privilege to be standing here tonight, representing The Queen in Jamaica on her Diamond Jubilee. Her Majesty has asked me to extend her great good wishes to you all, and is sorry that she can’t be here - so you’re stuck with me… but don’t worry, cos every liddle ting gonna be aright! ‘

 .

‘Your vibrancy and vigour, your wonderful welcome to visitors and your island’s natural beauties - all combine to make Jamaica unique. ‬‪The Queen recognised this.

photo

.

Read More

Comments (0) Mar 14 2012

A Scripture A Day…

Posted: under "A Scripture A Day Keeps The Devil Away".
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

photo

.

“A merry heart doeth good

like medicine.”

.

– Prov. 17:22 (KJV)

Comments (0) Mar 11 2012

FINGER-LICKIN’ GOOD ~ THOUGHT FOOD!

Posted: under "YUMMY FOOD FOR THOUGHT".
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

photo

.

 

    ——————————

The miracle is this–

the more we share,
the more we have.

.

- Leonard Nimoy

.

——————————

.

photo

.

Read More

Comments (0) Mar 09 2012

A MountainWings Moment - Tampons

Posted: under "A Slice Of Life", "LOVE is LOVELY", "When You're Down to Nothing God's UP to Something", Inspirationals.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

photo

.

Tampons
========

.

My son told me how wonderful the care packages we had sent them
from the ladies auxiliary were and wanted me to tell everyone
thank you.

.

He said that one guy we’ll call Marine X, got a female care
package and everyone was giving him a hard time. My son said,
‘Marine X got some really nice smelling lotion and everyone
really likes it, so every time he goes to sleep they steal it
from him.’ I told my son I was really sorry about the mistake,
and if he wanted I would send Marine X another package. He told
me not to worry about Marine X because every time I send
something to him, he shares it with Marine X.

.

He said when my husband and I sent the last care package, Marine
X came over to his cot picked up the box, started fishing
through it, and said, ‘What’d we get this time?’

.

But my son said they had the most fun with Marine X’s package.
He said he wasn’t sure who it was supposed to go to, but the
panties were size 20, and he said one of the guys got on top of
the Humvee and jumped off with the panties over his head and
yelled, ‘Look at me, I’m an Airborne Ranger!!!!’

.

One of the guys attached the panties to an antenna and it blew
in the wind like a windsock. He said it entertained them for
quite awhile. Then of course…….they had those tampons. When
he brought this up, my imagination just went running, but he
continued.

.

My son said they had to go on a mission and Marine X wanted the
Chap-Stick and lotion for the trip. He grabbed a bunch of the
items from his care package and got in the Humvee. As luck would
have it he grabbed the tampons too, and my son said everyone was
teasing him about ‘not forgetting his feminine hygiene
products.’

.

He said things went well for a while, then the convoy was
ambushed and a Marine was shot. He said the wound was pretty
clean, but it was deep. He said they were administering first
aid but couldn’t get the bleeding to slow down, and someone
said, ‘Hey! Use Marine X’s tampons!’ My son said they put the
tampon in the wound. At this point my son profoundly told Me,


Read More

Comments (0) Mar 09 2012