Archive for February, 2017

A Note About Yesterday

Christian Living, Encouragement | Posted by Eddy Damas
Feb 09 2017

After finishing and reading my post yesterday I wanted to clarify something:

My suffering is not as severe as I believe it to be. I know there are others who are suffering even more. I can’t even begin to say, however, how I wish I could really reach out to them. I know a lot of people who are suffering through bad and broken marriages, physical pain, and I have known people who have experienced alcoholism homelessness…one of them being a an older cousin of mine. We did everything we could for him, but in the end he sadly and unfortunately chose to take his own life.

As I said, there are a lot of people whom only God can help. Even the well intentioned Christian can only do so much. We can feed them, clothe them, we can heal them to some extent…but we are most often than not, only the beginning.

We can do somethings, but we can’t do it all…We can provide them with food, but someone else needs to provide shelter…

This is something that while one brave soul can start, another needs to carry on, until the lost, broken soul can survive on God alone.

What I say isn’t meant to discourage anyone, any Christian, but it is meant to encourage one to another to get together in unity and become a powerful force to do good.

This is what church is all about…the coming together of the saints.

Be Healed – By Suffering!

Christian Living, Discouragement, Encouragement | Posted by Eddy Damas
Feb 08 2017

One of the things I am struck with while reading the accounts of the Lord healing people in the Bible and by the casting out of demons, is the absence of any suffering going on while being healed. I believe I am not the only one who knows that healing is a process that starts with torture. None of us are healed overnight, none of us are healed instantly either. When we take aspirin for a headache, the headache lingers on for a while before the aspirin does it’s job. When we break a leg, the leg is broken for a few months until it heals. While the headache subsides and the leg heals, there continues to be pain. In the case of the broken leg there is the pain of the fracture itself, then there is the pain of healing, then the pain of strengthening while you learn to walk again.

In life we will go through various stages of suffering. It can be mental or physical, it can even be emotional. All require time to heal. You can never walk away unscathed from a relationship breakup anymore than you can walk away from the death of a loved one. Both take time to get over with.

If being healed instantly was entirely possible, we would be mindless robots and not flesh and blood.

Suffering teaches us a lot, or at least it’s supposed to. It teaches us to be humble. It teaches us not to look down on others who suffer (whatever type of suffering that is…) I know that I am watching my brothers suffering through a lot…I watch them as they work two jobs, doing what they can just to keep the house and family afloat. Or even work one job, with a lot of time off in between. I listen to the breakup of a family.

Right at the moment I am going through some major stuff in my body. There is the sleep apnea, obesity, my left knee and hand are experiencing moments of pain…probably either arthritis or gout. I notice my left index finger has moments of being stuck…normally I would think it’s due to my age…but who knows what is going on. My back is also hurting. God only knows what is next….

But I am becoming instinctively aware of things others are going through. Not that there’s much I can do to help them…that requires intervention from a God that is bigger than I am, and able to provide all the help that I can’t give. I mean I can’t actually cure such things as emphysema or alcoholism, cancer is out of my league for sure. I can’t touch neurosis…and unfortunately I don’t have the answer to homelessness and starvation. (Actually I do have that answer,   but no one would either listen or act on it).
 

All of what I have written are long term are relatively long term. Even a headache, a rather short term malady, can be long term depending on the state of the one who is going through it. But we can learn a lot through suffering, through our own, or through others….  

Get Smart

Christian Living, Thankfulness | Posted by Eddy Damas
Feb 01 2017


In a word…I don’t have a smart phone. Other than perhaps the built in video camera, the built in photographic camera, an alarm clock, and the phone calling feature, and the convenience of a GPS I don’t see the necessity of owning one. I see so many people actually stuck to their smart phones that they are constantly unaware of what’s going on around them.

I was with a group of friends once. We all were in the movie theater waiting for the movie to start. But it was really quiet (the seven of us were the only ones in the theater.) Nobody was talking. I made a joke about something, and everyone laughed. But then it fell silent again.

The situation reminded me of a marriage where the husband and wife never spoke a word to each other. It was really sad. The worst part of it was, everyone that was right next to each other, were basically texting each other. I thought that God must have gotten evolution all wrong. Perhaps one day it will work out that a couple million or so babies are born with no mouths, and with built-in smart phones in place of fingers.

I have a simple phone…only the cel phone itself, plus the ability for non-internet related texting. I don’t text much on it, if at all. If you call me, I will answer it and speak to you with my own voice. If you don’t call me then chances are that you were there in that movie theater.

Yeah, I also don’t have a $50.00 a month phone bill for things I don’t do with my smart phone.

Answer the call of those around you today. Those that aren’t there can wait…

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