The painting " The Word Made Flesh"
From the book:
Through Painted Meditations and Stories Appreciate and Understand Jesus Anew
The painting "Jesus and Mary"is centered around the tradition that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was among the large crowd that followed Jesus; Luke 23:27.
From the book:
Through Painted Meditations and Stories Appreciate and Understand Jesus Anew
The painting "Jesus and Mary"is centered around the tradition that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was among the large crowd that followed Jesus; Luke 23:27.
The painting and meditation of "Jesus and Mary" is based on the tradition that Mary, Jesus' mother, is among the large crowd following him as he carried the cross as reported in Luke 3:27, but, the dynamics of this setting are changed in the painting by the addition of the magi. This painting and meditation begins with Jesus, who is pictured as transcending all time, walking on paving stones that, for a moment, change to sapphire tiles with each passing step. In the past, the first appearance of sapphire tiles occurs in the book of Exodus where Moses and the seventy elders see a vision that includes the sapphire tiles as related in
Moses then went up [Mount Sinai] with Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel,
and the beheld the God of Israel. Under his feet there appeared to be sapphire tile work,
as clear as the sky itself. Yet he did not smite these chosen Israelites. After gazing on God,
they could still eat and drink. (NAB)
The men who saw God were not injured or killed, for they could still eat and drink thus demonstrating God's loving kindness. This confirmation of god's loving kindness is the reason the sapphire tile work has been added to the Way of the Cross, for it manifests the compassionate side of God even during the most trying of events.
The image of Jesus carrying his cross while wearing a crown of thorns imparts multifaceted ideas. The exploration of this image begins with a look at Jesus' purity represented by white clothing. Purity in Greek, hagnos, means to be free from contamination and to be undefiled. Throughout his life on earth Jesus remained pure and undefiled. Even when he faced imminent death, Jesus' purity freed him from any extraneous contamination like anger, revenge or hate. Another facet in this figure of Jesus, are the green branches shaped into a crown of thorns resting on his head, for they will decompose in time, thusly they serve as a reminder that people have a limited amount of time on this earth to change, and live a life doing God's will. but no matter what our age, Jesus can help us change ourselves, so we too can possess his purity, that frees us from the contaminations like anger, revenge, and hate. For Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to teach us and guide us in God's ways as told in
But the counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you
all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
There is still more to this image of Jesus, for he carries, on his shoulder, a cross beam of green wood. This use of green wood is unique for Jesus speaks if it in Luke 23:31:..."for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?" An analogy can be found within this statement that says; if life is taken away from this living green tree, the wood will dry and rot away: The reality of the trees' fate is the opposite of Jesus' own life, death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven where he not only lives forever, but he secures eternal life for all believers.
The story in the painting continues on the path of sapphire tiles as Jesus trudges past his mother. In this mystical setting, Mary has the company of the same three magi who met Mary years ago leaving the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, now find Mary filled with grief, so great it pierces her like a sword. Mary knew this sword of sorrow would come, for the words that Simeon spoke to her, when she presented Jesus in the Temple, now echo within her as told in
....This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign
that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed-and a sword
will pierce your own soul too.
These mystical magi now bring to Mary the different gifts of comfort, compassion, and love. The magi are symbolically in this setting, for they represent the fullness of god's love, a love that reminds us that we are never alone when we have God: God is love as we are told in
1 John 4:7-16:
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves
has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God,
because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and
only Son into the world that we might live through him. This love: not that we loved God, but
that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has
ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete
in us. We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has sent his son to be the
Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives
in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
Picture God's love holding you during your great times of grief and anguish.
The symbolic barren desert landscape represents the people who have lost or cannot grasp an understanding of Jesus, the Messiah. This dry desert appears endless as if disappears in a tumultuous sky. The great turmoil in the sky is symbolic for the great chaos that explodes on the earth over and over again, but amid all of this disorder hope shines forth pictured as brilliant sapphire blue streaks appearing in the sky, Crepuscular rays. These streaks of blue pointing heavenward are a continuum of the sapphire tile path Jesus walks upon, the pathway to eternity. These hope filled sapphire rays shine out from behind dark storm clouds as if proclaiming: "Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer," Romans 12:12.
The seventy elder's who stood with Moses, then "beheld the God of Israel" with sapphire tile work under God's feet, did not hold on to this vision of hope and assurance of God's fidelity. They and the Israelite community would fall away from their God time and time again, lost and without hope. the word, hope, defined from Greek, ephis, means that there is a positive or confident anticipation for that which is good.
We as Christians should feel hope and rejoice in the "full assurance of hope to the very end, so that [we] may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promise," Hebrews 6:11-12. The promise in the above quote is Jesus, as these verses also from
Hebrews 13:20-21 proclaims:
Now may the God of peace, who was brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you
complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which
is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever, Amen.
Jesus walks upon the sapphire tile pathway, in front of a desert setting, to bring hope in knowledge that we have an eternal covenant with God, a God who is love.
Pray to know this God, who is love, more and more everyday.
Question to consider:
1. Reread Exodus 24:9-11 quoted above and note the verses that say; "after gazing on God ...God
did not smite them...they could still eat and drink." Can you relate these verses to the story of
the life and death of Jesus?
2. Who are the magi today and whom are they visiting? What gifts do they bring?
3. Can you picture lost souls in the desert scene?
4. Do the Crepuscular blue rays display hope to you?
5. What impacts you in the painting?
1 "hagno's" Pure, purness, Vines, 1996 ed.: p. 498
2 "elpis," Ibid, 311-312.
This painting was completed in August 1999, and is 12' by 24.' I took a photograph of the Crepuscular blue rays from my backyard under unusual circumstances. A blue jay was calling for more peanuts, so to answer his demands I went outside, put out the peanuts, and beheld this most beautiful sky. I ran back into the house, and got my camera and took some pictures. God is very kind to me.
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From the new book:
"Through Painted Meditations and Stories Appreciate and Understand
This book contains thirteen original paintings and stories some of which are: "The Visitation"
inspired by Luke 1:35-45: "The Transfiguration" inspired by Luke 9:28-36: "And They took Him
Down" inspired by John 19:38-40. The story "Hot Chocolate" follows below along with the painting
"Behold Your Mother" inspiried by John 19:25-27 and the story "The Last Laugh."
"Hot Chocolate: The Gifts of Comfort, Compassion and Love"
Irma was going home to visit her grandmother and her mother at the house they shared in a small village in northwestern Guatemala. The village was nestled in a lower elevation of the mountains in a tropical rainforest climate. In other words hot and rainy. Irma's grandmother was up in years, but still active keeping busy going to the market daily, cooking, visiting friends or enjoying the company of friends that visited her. One of the fondest memories Irma had was of her grandmother serving fresh hot chocolate to her and the friends that would drop by that might ask for advice or need consoling. Grandmother Maria was always there to help, as was their mother, Maria Juanita.
Grandmother, Maria, had a cacoa tree, with its' shiny twelve inch long tapered leaves, growing in the rear of her patio. so several times a year, when the fruit was ripe, she would pick the thirty, or so fruits that would form out of the thousands of small pink flowers. She enjoyed making the chocolate even though it was a lot of hard work. first the yellowish fruit, large enough to fill both of her hands, had to be crushed to allow a three to nine day fermentation to occur. Without this process the eighteen seeds, the size of large almonds, that fit snuggly in the fruit like corn cornels, would have no flavor. When the white seeds were fermented they turned dark brown or purple. Maria would then peel the seeds, and then pound them into a fine powder. At this point some cane sugar would be added to take the natural bitterness away. She did not separate out the butter fat that made almost half of the volume of the powder, rather she put the powder into a dozen two-inch by one-inch molds. The next part of the job was time consuming, for with her forth and fifth fingers, she would tap each mold until it was solid, a process that took hours. Maria's fingers had long ago become bent, and miss shaped from ding this activity for so many years. When the cocoa to chocolate process was complete the tablets of chocolate could be stored in paper for some time. Irma was looking forward to taking the memory of making chocolate into drinking the wonderful hot chocolate.
Near sundown Irma Arrived at the small village with her older sister, Juanita, who lived about two hours away. They got out of the car driven by Juanita's husband, Mario, at the far end of the village to walk the rest of the way. Different families greeted them as they walked to their grandmother's house on the other side of the village. They passed through the different shops, and market place, stopped at the church, and then said a prayer of thanksgiving, afterwards they proceeded on to their grandmother's house. Nearing the house, grandmother Maria saw them, and ran out to greet them hugging them both. Their mother, Maria Juanita, also came out, and gave them welcoming hugs. they slowly made their way out to the patio were their cousins, and close friends were gathered. More hugs and kisses. Maria went to the small outdoor cooking area, than started to make hot chocolate by placing a tablet of chocolate in some hot water allowing the tablet to slowly melt.
Grandmother Maria also made some fresh coffee as she had several coffee trees on the family's rather large plot of land. Making fresh coffee was less arduous than making chocolate. For this undertaking she would cut the red beans, then let them dry in the sun until they were brown. Always keeping an eye out for rain, for at that time the beans would be taken under cover. The dry beans were put into large sacks, then beaten with a large bat, a man's job, until the husk became separated from the beans. Later using a large fan that tossed the beans and chaff in the air the beans were winnowed. The beans were taken to the village grinder, and ground for use. The coffee was steeped in a pot of hot water, then strained using a cloth making a delicious cup of not to strong coffee.
Family and friends came over to welcome Irma and her sister home again. After all the well wishes were said, Irma went over to help her grandmother serve the drinks, but there was not much to do for each person came up to grandmother Maria to receive their special gift of hot chocolate or fresh coffee, the gifts full of comfort, compassion and love that could be savored for a long time.
Pray that you may find a way to give the gifts of comfort, compassion, and love.
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The Painting "Behold Your Mother"
"Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother, his sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary
Maedalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing
nearby he said to his mother, "Dear women, here is your son,' and to the disciple, Here
is your mother.'" From that time on, this disciple took her into his home, John 19:25-27.
The painting " Behold Your Mother" is a story inspired by the love Jesus held for his mother
coupled with the love of a mother for her son and the love Jesus had for the disciple John.
The symbol for Jesus' love is the white light flowing down from the cross that tenderly embraces both Mary, and the disciple John. The pain, and turmoil of the horrific crucifixion, is captured by the multi-hued black, red and yellow tumultuous clouds that envelop the pair, along with the streams of blood flowing from the cross down the face of some rocks, and then into the clouds.
Representing the anguish ,and grief of the event are the dark ominous waters beneath the figures
of Mary and John that appear ready to swallow them up as found in Psalm 124: 4: "the flood would
have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away." Psalm 124 is a song of thanksgiving to the "maker of heaven and earth" who saved Israel from an enemy: It is this same divine help that saves Mary and John from this symbolic "mighty waters" that represent grief, despair, and anguish that attempts to engulf them. Mary is tenderly embracing John, her new son, a young man who needs her as much as she needs him. Jesus know his mother, and John with the same intimate knowledge that enables him to know us. This knowledge is spoken of in Psalm 139:1-18:
O Lord, you have searched me and know me.
You know when I sit down and
when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away,
You search out my paths and my
lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue. O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Shoal, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning and scale at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, become night,"
even the darkness is not dark to You, the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to You.
For it was You who formed my inward parts,
You knit me together in my mother's womb, I praise You, for I am fearfully
and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are Your works, that I know very well.
My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth,
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In Your book were written all the days that were formed for me,
when none of them as yet existed.
How vast is the sum of them!
If I try to count them are more than the sand; I come to the end- I am still with You.
Jesus knew how much Mary and John would need each other during this time of suffering. John,
still so young, needed a mother's love and Mary still had so much love to share: "Lord, you have probed me, you know me."
During the crucifixion of Jesus the Christian virtues of love and forgiveness are expounded for Jesus lived what He taught. As He hung from the cross, Jesus' words of compassion flowed for His tormentors as well, as told in Luke 23:34: "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing..." The love and compassion of Jesus flowed to the repentant thief from the cross as well as told in Luke 23:39-43:
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him:
'Arent you the Christ? Save yourself and us!' But the other criminal
rebuked him, 'Don't you fear God,' he said, 'since you are under
the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting
what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.' Then
he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.'
Jesus answere him, 'I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in
God's love and compassion never stops, for Jesus knows the choices we make, whether to take
the paradise, the new "garden of Eden" (Revelation 2:7), or reject God's ways and paradise. Jesus
exemplified love by giving His life, so each of us can choose to be refined away from sin with the help of grace, like dross from silver. Every person has a choice through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, to
draw close to God filled with God's love, thereby living a life of virtue here on earth, and then join Jesus in life everlasting in heaven.
Let us pray everyday to feel more of God's love and compassion.
Questions for your consideration:
1. Can you perceive love as the moving force that carried Jesus to the cross for our salvation
in this painting?
2. Have you felt the compassion of Jesus in your life?
3. Reflect on Psalm 139. Do you believe that God knows you?
4. Why do we have to choose to follow Jesus?
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The story "The Last Laugh"
When you work in a hospital, as a nurse, you witness a lot of people dying in many different ways.
Heart, problems, strokes, accidents, and many different types of diseases. Jane remembered a man
in his late eighties who was languishing, not speaking or eating. He was given fluids througha vein in
his left arm, turned, and made as comfortable as one could with a non-communtative person. He
looked like he had worked hard during his lifetime for his hands were strong, and the skin was
tough. His body appeared lean, and strong, and his face was weathered. He had a full head of gray hair.
The man had a large extended family that took turns sitting with him as they waited for him to
die. From their conversations, Jane learned that he had been a construction worker on high-rise
buildings making a very good income, but always lived frugally. His four children two sons, and two daughters often talked, in their father's hospital room, about how stingy he was when they were
growing up. If they wanted anything extra they had to work for it, they were given no allowance,
such as all their friends received. They had felt deprived all the years they had spent living at
home. Their mother had died some years before, and all the children blamed their father for
making her work, so hard around the house, cooking, cleaning, yard chores, and shopping. They
never saw how much she enjoyed all these different activities especially the large vegetable garden
she made to provide them with fresh vegetables.
The man's grandchildren visited him too, and they also talked about how tight he was with money. They would ask for things all the time, and his standard reply was, "Work for what you want." Well they were not about to do chores around his house, like pull weeds, and wash windows. No, not them. Each group of family members wondered how much money the old tightwad was going to leave to them when he died. None of them had seen his will, but they knew the attorney who had it, and one of them had his number on a speed dial on their telephone. All of the nurses, who took care of the old man, heard the family members talk about how much money he still must have. They never ask about how he might be feeling, or if he had pain, but each group would ask how much longer the old
man would live.
One evening Jane asked the family members to leave the room, so she could turn him and see to
his needs. They filed out of the room, and then Jane closed the door behind them. She turned to the
old man, and as was her usual practice, addressed him by his name. When she said: "Mr. Vine I am
going to clean and turn you," he opened his deep-set blue eyes then spoke these words: "Thank you
that would be nice." He then proceeded to tell her that he had been lsitening to every word his family members had said, and that they were going to be surprised, because he had left all of his money to the widow's fund, designed for high-rise construction workers. He laughed and laughed quietly as Jane went about her different task. He asked Jane to say nothing to his family members about his will. He wished he could see the expressions on the faces of his loving family members when the will was read to them. Serveral hours later Mr. vine died peacefully. Indeed he had the last laugh.
Let us pray that money never blocks out love.
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From the book:
Painted and Written Meditations with Stories Inspired by the Holy Spirit
The painting of "The Mercy Seat" inspired by Luke 1:78-79.
The idea for the "Mercy Seat" draws from scriptures relating to God's mercy from both the Hebrew Testament and the New Testament. The following quotation from the Hebrew Testament presents the image of a God in control from the first contact with Moses. In these quotations God gives specific and detailed information on how to build the mercy seat and how to use it:
Exodus 25:17, 21-22:
Then you shall make a mercy seat of pure gold. You shall
put the mercy seat on the top of the ark; and in the ark you shall
put the covenant that I shall give you. There I will meet with you,
and from above the mercy seat, from between the cherubim that
are on the ark of the covenant, I will deliver to you all my
commands for the Israelites.
And from Numbers 7:89:
When Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the Lord,
he would hear the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat
that was on the ark of the covenant from between the two cherubim,
thus it spoke to him.
These words form-commanding images of a no nonsense God, but they might cause difficulty
when connecting them with the divine mercy that people would come to know of God through His
Son, Jesus Christ, so this painting symbolically attempts to bridge that gap.
Rather then paint a commanding image of a mercy seat as described in the Hebrew Testament,
I was I was inspired to paint God's mercy radiating benevolence and tenderness in a forest setting
as a result the painting portrays a pathway leading up to ancient tree stump that naturally forms the
mercy seat amongst trees, rocks and water. The mercy seat is formed from a tree stump because vegetation preceded God's creation of humankind on the sixth day and later the fall of man where sin entered the world; thereby one could surmise that vegetation is free from sin. the creation of vegetation
is found in Genesis 1:11-13:
Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation; plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the third day.
Behind the mercy seat nestled among the trees in the forest an old tree can be seen that has formed
itself into a figure that resembles the crucified Jesus. For it is Jesus who showed God's great mercy by redeeming humanity in giving up His life on a cross as told in 1 Peter 1:3-3:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His
great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance
that can never perish, spoil or fade-kept in heaven for you, who
through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of
salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
The mercy seat rests in the midst of some of the earth's precious or semi-precious rocks that
contain metals, minerals and crystals, such as gold, silver, diamonds, amethyst, copper, marble
and jade. These rocks epitomize the perception that even though these valued items exist they are not needed to adorn this simple tree stump mercy seat. Pictured below the rocks and minerals living waters of life flow from a spring enhancing the areas serenity. The telling of the "water of life" are
found in Revelation 21:6:
He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the
Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give drink
without cost from the spring of the water of life.
All pictured in this mercy seat, presents a peaceful setting where one can find God's mercy.
God's mercy should be welcome and pleasant as told in this quotation from Sirach 35:26:
"His mercy is as welcome in time of distress as clouds of rain in time of drought." This quotation
from Luke further emphasizes the pleasantness of God's mercy, Luke 1:78-79 (from the
prophecy of Zechariah):
By the tender mercy of our God the dawn from on high will
break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the
shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
One compassionate and merciful portrayal of Jesus is found in Luke 5:17-26. It is about a paralyzed man who is lowered in his bed from the roof by his friends. "When He saw their faith, He said,'Friend your sins are forgiven you...I say to you, stand up and take your bed and go home.'"
Whatever he, the paralytic man had done or did not do it was forgiven: Jesus bestowed mercy
on him like falling rain. Jesus called him a "friend" something that should always be remembered.
We are all Jesus' friends and are welcome on God's "Mercy Seat." We as followers of and
believers in Jesus Christ are asked to "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful," Luke 6:36.
Finding and feeling God's mercy and being merciful to others is a tremendous step to take
on the pathway to heaven.
Ideas to consider:
1. How do you see the Hebrew Testament image of God?
2. Which mercy seat would you rather approach, the Hebrew or New Testament?
3. Luke tells us to be merciful. What makes this easy? What makes this difficult?
4. How do you picture divine mercy?
5. How is mercy shown in the story of the paralytic man?
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"The Peanut Machine"
During the times that Ruth and John had volunteered together as teenagers they would find a
high place with a view of the forest, share lunch and stories of their childhood. Tom, John' father,
little know to others was quite the bargain hunter and would buy the most unusual items. John's
first tale about his father was spellbinding for Ruth.
It all started one Saturday morning when Tom arrived home with a peanut-roasting machine he
found at a local second-hand store. Tom loved the smell of freshly roasted peanuts that he always
smelled when he took his family to the movies, but they were a much too expensive indulgence.
So, Tom's peanut- roasting machine was the answer. Tom got busy right away with checking it
out, plugged it in and the hundred-watt light blub burst into brilliance. All was good, so he thought.
He spent hours cleaning and polishing the peanut- roasting machine as he had planned on taking the family to the movies that night. His wife, Grace, had been sent out on a mission to find and but
Later that afternoon the three children shelled the peanuts and carefully placed them in the machine from the opening on the top filling the glass container up to the marked full line as the rest of the space on top was for the light bulb. Eagerly around six-o'clock, the family changed their clothes and left for the movies to go see a double feature plus a carton. They were sure they would come home to freshly roasted peanuts. At the movie house they all paused to savor the aroma of the peanuts roasting knowing that soon they would have their own treat at home.
After the movies ended, one western and the other an adventure filmed in the desert, the family could hardly wait to get home. There was some talk about the movies and cartoon, but mostly they all had roasted peanuts on their minds. As they drove down their suburban street they all noticed something very odd coming from the location of their house. What they saw was bright light for seven seconds and then darkness for another seven seconds. Tom drove past their house in disbelief. They had forgotten to close the living room drapes in their haste to leave for the movies and now, their home looked like a lighthouse. Light on and light off. Tom drove around the block past their house again and saw the same event taking place, light on and light off, on and off. Grace suggested they drive around the block one more time. Tom did and they all saw the same thing, their entire house would light up and go dark. How embarrassing thought Grace. She ask Tom to stop the car around the corner as she had a plan to stop the lighthouse look.
The plan was for John to sneak in the back door of the house with the key she gave him then proceed to house close the living room drapes, unplug the peanut machine, turn on the porch light and a lamp in the living room and then rejoin the family in the car after they circled the block again. But by now all the neighbors, unknown to Tom's family, had been watching Tom's lighthouse with great amusement. So, Johns sneaking up on his own house was seen by them all along with the closing of the drapes and the turning on of the lights. John raced back to his family's car and they proceeded around the block again and pulled in the driveway. Tom ask John if he had eaten any of the roasted nuts beings the house must have smelled wonderfully full of the peanut fragrance. John recoiled at the question for he had not smelled anything. John just answered: "No."
Tom pulled in the driveway as if nothing had been going on, but he did think he heard peals of laughter in the distance. The family hurriedly walked up to the front door. Tom unlocked it and they went in expecting to smell peanuts, but alas no fragrance of roasted peanuts filled the air. Tom slowly walked over to the peanut-roasting machine took off the lid to touch the nuts and found them as cold as a stone in ice. So disappointed Tom fell into a kitchen chair and said nothing. Grace realizing that the nuts were cold turned on the oven, got out a cookie sheet and placed all the nuts on it and placed them in a warming oven. Just as Grace said it would not take long for the nuts to warm their telephone rang. It was Janice their neighbor that lived across the street asking her if everything was alright at their house? Grace gave a short version of the peanut story and hung up the phone only to have it ring again, a call from another neighbor. Then another neighbor called. Tom's peanut machine was gone the next morning. There would be no second chance for the peanut-roasting machine.
We should be so thankful that God gives us countless second chances when things do not go
as they should. Say a prayer of thanksgiving!
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