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Story about a Glass of Milk

Today, I am simply going to share a story I received via email in the last several days.  It has a great lesson and meaning.  Enjoy!!!

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One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way
through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.
He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his
nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.
Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water! . She thought he looked
hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then
asked, How much do I owe you?”
You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to
accept pay for a kindness.”
He said … “Then I thank you from my heart.”
As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but
his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and
Many year’s later that same young woman became critically ill. The local
doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they
called in specialists to study her rare disease.
Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name
of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.
Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.
Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at
He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her
life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.
After a long struggle, the battle was won.
Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for
approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill
was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take
the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something
caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words …
“Paid in full with one glass of milk”
(Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.
Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You,
God, that Your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands.”
There’s a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the water
comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you
love at the least expected time.  If you never see the deed again at least
you will have made the world a better place – And, after all, isn’t that
what life is all about?

And How Long Will This Miracle Take?

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Well, things can get very interesting if you let them.

For instance, I pray for something.  Now, if it is something difficult, then a miracle may be needed.  I believe that God is perfectly capable of bringing that miracle into existence.  But, that is often the point at which I also decide that, perhaps, He shouldn’t.  I mean, who am I to say that He should grant such and such?  What if granting that something would really mess us other good things that are going on?  What right do I have to demand (pray without ceasing) that my miracle happen?  Anyway, that is often where I, at least, used to go with the conversation.

I have addressed that question according to my current set of beliefs and am comfortable with my answer.  How do I feel?  Well, now, I don’t pray exactly for miracles, at least, not in the same way.  I ask for what I choose to have come into my life or to come into the lives of others.  However, now, I add a statement at the end of my prayers.  It goes something like this:

Lord, I have asked for these miracles to come into my life.  But, only, God, if they can be part of the best for all concerned.  You know better than I and I will accept whatever happens.

Then, I accept whatever happens.  It doesn’t mean, to me, that I have set myself up to accept failure.  What it means to me is that I have allowed God to do what He does best: work things out the best for all concerned.

If you have read much of my spiritual beliefs, you know that I don’t hold much account with any religion.  They are fine.  People are welcome to believe what they will.  My beliefs, however, do not fit within the confines of any religion.  I love God and know that He loves me and that He loves everyone, even those I have great problems with.  His love is total; I can only try and approach that level; it is a goal.  But, that means that He is always looking out for everyone and, sometimes, my “miracles” could make that rough.  So, if God wants to supercede my miracle, then I know that, if I wait, something even better will come along.  It always has.  It’s the basis of my belief system:

All things work together for good in the end; if it hasn’t worked out, it isn’t the end.

There are hundreds of examples of this rule all around us.  The usual problem is that we don’t see the examples.  Either we are too busy asking for what we want or we are upset that what we want has not come to pass.  Either way we are missing out on some great stuff.

I am happy with my belief system now.  It is still being tweaked, but the basics are done and I am satisfied that God is truly in my life.

How do you feel about miracles?  This post could go many directions.  I have chosen one.  If you want another direction explored, simply start the discussion in the comments.  If it grows large, then I can make it into a separate post!  Love to hear from you all!



A Busy Life – Who? Me?

My life has been taking extreme turns the last few weeks.   To begin with I have started a new job.  I won’t tell you a whole lot about it right now, other than it deals with service, can be done part-time, and should get me out of being on disability in about a year.  That has had me going from doing very little and having a free schedule to actually having to plan out my days and keep some notes on what I need to do and when.

“Oh, but Scott, why would give up a life of luxury and freedom?” I hear you all thinking I have gone nuts.  Why in the world would I try to get out of disability when it took so very long to get on it to start with?  The answer is pretty simple:  I would like to hold my own and get ahead.

Being on disability means that I am sorely restricted in any extra income I may make.  What I have had trouble understanding is that to lose my disability I only have to make about 60% of what I am making while on disability.  Since disability just allows me to kind of glide by on finances by the skin of my teeth, there is no way to live on the amount I would be making if I lost my disability by the minimum amount.

So, I begin to look for work that will pay me, at least, what disability is paying and that I can handle in my physical shape with my fatigue so low and my balance off and… um … something else…oh yes…my memory.

So, I turn to God and prayer and intention to help me.  The result has been something coming along that I enjoy and should turn out to be good for me.  When I am more certain that it is going to do what I need for it to do, I will clue you all in.  While almost all of you are among the most positive people I know, I just don’t want some outside (or family) comment to derail me with negative problems.  I hope you all understand.



Coming to Terms

how to pray the japanese way

how to pray the japanese way (Photo credit: jessleecuizon)

In the last two days I have had to really come to terms with understanding the vast difference between how I pray and how a lot of others pray.

This has been driven home by a situation that I will not discuss as it’s not my situation. I will talk about another situation in which the same thing would occur: people may not agree with how I pray.

Now, know this before I start: I do not believe there is only one correct way to pray, just as I don’t believe there is only one way to view God. However, when people ask me to pray for them, they are often asking for something different than what I may do.

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I am asked to explain it, I can; however, this can make things worse. So, here goes: let’s say that George is very sick. Let’s say it’s Cancer. People may ask (and have) me to pray for them.

Now, what I understand them to be saying is that they want me to pray that George gets well and lives out a normal life. I can’t do that. It is not in my belief set to tell God how to do things. I don’t mean here that people are ordering God around or doing anything that could be considered sacrilegious; what I am saying is that they are not, simply, asking God to take care of the situation, but are also telling Him how to go about that, in their opinion.

I really don’t have a problem with it. But, here is what can happen, and often does: George dies.

Now, if we look at this from a purely logical point of view, they prayed and God didn’t answer their prayers. But, we are taught to take everything to God in prayer and that He hears and answers all prayers.

Now, to look at that, if two people are praying the exact opposite prayer, one or both of them is/are going to be disappointed. What’s right here? How should we pray? I don’t have the answer, however, I do know that I don’t have that particular problem.

I fully believe in free will; I don’t think God will force us to change our minds. Now, I believe that He may well put a lot of resistance in our paths if we are heading down a not-so-good path; He may help us to think or lead us to a book, a movie, something to show us the best way. However, I don’t think God will force us to say “Yes” or “No”. So, I do not normally pray for God to “do” something particular. I may tell Him that I have a preference, this is what I would like to see. But, I always tell God to “let the best for all concerned be done.

Cover of "God Answers Prayer: A Season of...

Cover via Amazon(I am not promoting the book. I haven’t read it)

There are people who will look at me and say, “Scott, if you don’t pray for George to live, why would God make any intercessions for it?” My simple answer is because I asked for the best for all concerned.

What if George has accepted death and doesn’t want to be in all that pain? What if George is tired of being a burden and chooses to die? What if… I hope you can see what I am saying.

Just because it seems best to us does not mean it will be so. We don’t know everything.

I have looked at it like this, as an example:

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Skulpturenpark Köln / Cologne Sculpture Garden. Dirk Skreber: sculpture “Reaktor”, 2009. Car, steel, sprayed concrete, wood, and gravel (Photo credit: wwwuppertal)

I have a wreck and break my leg. That’s not good. But, what if, by having that wreck, I wasn’t a mile up the road and avoided a head-on collision that would have killed 3 people? And how about by being in the hospital when I was I shared my ideas with a nurse who, because of that, was able to not kill herself that night because she had hope? And what if, because she didn’t kill herself, she was alive that next day and was able to save a baby’s life next door who needed immediate medical aide that she was able to give? And… See?

My broken leg was, certainly, worth saving 5 people’s lives in 3 different manners. I don’t say God caused the accident; I say it was allowed to happen and God used it to help all the other people. We don’t know it all; we don’t have enough information to know what may be truly best for all.

Do I want George to die? No. And then people say, “Well, why doesn’t God just stop it all? Why do you even have to have your leg broken in the first place?” My answer? I don’t know. I can’t know. If I had known to go to the hospital and share with the nurse, would she have listened? I would not have been a patient and she would have been working.

No Greater Love

No Greater Love (Photo credit: kelsey_lovefusionphoto)

This discussion could go on all night. My point is that I simply pray to allow God to do what He does best. Perhaps, that’s not the best way to pray, but I feel that I am releasing God to do whatever instead of burdening him with “have to”s.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. What I do know is that things have always worked out for the best in my life. I am happy now and God just used a stroke and a near-death situation to allow me to choose differently. Would I have otherwise? I don’t think so.


A New Prayer?

"ὁ θεòς ἀγάπη ἐστίν" ó theòs agape e...

“ὁ θεòς ἀγάπη ἐστίν” ó theòs agape estín (Greek; trans. “God is love”) on a stele in Mount Nebo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A New Prayer
By Scott L Vannatter
September 6, 2012

Now, I lay me down to rest
I’ve always tried to do my best
But people do not understand why
I don’t do it their way and I don’t try.

I live the life God gave to me
He thinks it’s perfect don’t you see?
He worries not which games I play
Not what I question or what I say.

The Golden Rule is good for me
And for the most part, just let me be
Offer help and when I say no
Don’t turn in a huff and stomp and go.

Your way may be the one for you
I’d like to try mine to see me through
And, if I’m wrong and yours proves out
Don’t look at me and scream and shout.

And things you say are wrong and right
May change for you one day or night
You grow and change that’s good for you
Your body does, your mind should too.

I have one thing that you should know
God’s word is love; that word will flow
It’s like a river and like a dream
Not having love’s, kinda swimming upstream.

So, do what you do in city, on farm
Remember, first, please do no harm
Live your life and love all others
Treat them like best sisters and brothers.

I say this and only some will hear
What gets in the way is usually fear
“It’s different,” they say; “it must be wrong.”
But different can be just as strong.

It doesn’t follow your holy book?
Maybe it’s time to take a look
When it was written and what it was for
Perhaps some of its writings are no longer core.

Instead of telling me what my God won’t do
Please know He loves both me and you
He will watch over all that are in His sight
Never stopping to rest not even at night.

You say not all will be in Heaven there
That God will only give His care
To those that follow the ways of His order
But there are hundreds of those from border to border

I think if we start by tossing out fear
And know that God is always here
We might see a new way that really’s not new
It’s been talked through the ages by more than a few

We messed up the meaning; we have lost the true thing
It is staring at us and would have us to sing
We’re equal, all loved, God doesn’t throw away
The good He’s created; it’s in us today.

So, now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
‘Cuz no one loves me like He does still
He always has and He always will.

LOVE and CARE for you , my Dearest!!!

LOVE and CARE for you , my Dearest!!! (Photo credit: Thai Jasmine (Smile..smile…Smile..))

Beauty lies within yourself

The only impossible journey in life is you never begin!! ~Tanvir Kaur


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