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Jennie Whitmer

Weekly report from here at General Hospital: Junior couldn’t have an MRI done because he has a pacemaker. So, he had a CT scan instead and we do not know yet what, if anything, may be revealed. He still has times of pain, but for the time being Percocet and Prednissone are keeping him afloat. He appreciated it when I tell him about all who have asked me about him and send their good wishes. He is not used to being a homebody. Be sure to tune in next week for the next exciting chapter.

I’ve been thinking about last week’s article and I believe I should add that after the blessing of “being” and the blessing of initial salvation through Jesus, the next essential blessing is the promise of forgiveness for anything untoward that you may be perpetrator or party to for the rest of your life. Now that is a real deal, but it’s not as loose as it sounds, for God knows before, during and after the fact, the very thoughts and intentions of your heart. For the one who is really trying and really cares, this is such a relief, for we are still human and tend to slip sometimes. All others need not apply. This would be the time for the rebellious or insincere to pray the same prayer that David prayed: “Create in me a clean heart, Oh God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not the Holy Spirit from me”        (Psalms 51:10-11).

For our latest culinary adventure I boiled the shank portion of a ham. Later I took the bones and some of the broth and cooked a big pot of lima beans and ham, served with fried potatoes and hoe cakes (yes, I’ve heard of cholesterol. Maybe I should pass out cholesterol pills with the after-dinner coffee?). After that we had ham and dumplings (previously made and frozen), and in between all that we did away with several ham sandwiches. Delicious! This was a “Cook’s” ham, my favorite. And, of course, every time we eat, we’re enjoying garden tomatoes and Vidalia onions. Bon appetit to you and yours.

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