Breath of Life

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A few days ago a dear friend of one of my sisters underwent a twelve hour surgery at the University of Michigan for a double lung transplant. It was successful and she is on her way to a gradual recovery. More importantly, she is on her way to breathing fully again after a life of breathing difficulty due to cystic fibrosis. To inhale completely without pain or restriction will be exhilarating for her. I have asthma so I get it.

My emotional response was one of pure joy and amazement as to the ability of medical science to perform such a surgery. I recall the first open heart surgery and the successful separation of Siamese twins many years ago and was just as dazzled by these momentous operations. For the University of Michigan, they have performed 700 of these double lung replacements to-date. A wonderful statistic.

As amazed as I am of man’s keen abilities and all of science’s achievements, I stand most in awe of our Creator who gave man the intelligence and abilities to do such wonderful things. The human body alone is the most complex and wondrous entity in the universe.

I am reminded in Genesis 2:7 where God breathed the breath of life into man, and man has been breathing ever since. Isn’t this a beautiful thing? I think so!

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With so much talk about down sizing these days, I thought it might be a bit thought provoking to explore the opposite end of this spectrum: up-sizing.


Small house. Much larger house. 1,000 square feet. 10,000 square feet. Ten times larger. One house is old. The other is new. One house is short. The other house tall. Sounds like lines from a Dr. Suess book !


Both houses serve the same purpose; to shelter humans from nature’s elements and to protect them from harm’s way. How many square feet does it take to do that? For some a Tiny House is just the thing…kind of like a camper on a permanent lot. And for others room to spread out including amenities that a small house cannot encompass. Things like eight bathrooms, ten bedrooms, a kitchen large enough for several families to cook in at the same time, a dining room that seats twenty-something, a family room with multiple TVs, a pool table, game tables, lots of couches, a wet bar and the list goes on.

Is a large house, the up-size one, built for practical purposes or for prestige? Maybe both. Not my place to judge. It appears the new house will be beautiful when completed. It appears the little house served its purpose for fifty-plus years. Times change and so has the economy. Values, needs, wants, locations and so much more are different than in the 1950s. So, which house would you choose to live in?


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One piece of nature’s tree. One sculpture of a man in pose. What did the artist have in mind when he/she carved this fine sculpture? It is rather life-like, wouldn’t you say?

Is he thinking? Looking at something? Simply posing? Relaxing? Arranged for our amusement? Whatever he was meant for, he is certainly enchanting!

Perhaps he is wondering what 2019 will be like. There are so, so many possibilities that I dare begin to list them.

Let us hope that he is contemplating a grand new year full of wonderful surprises. Wouldn’t that be great?

Too much negativity and hate in our world these days. Let love win out for once. Please.