37 You know what happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism John preached.38 You know about Jesus of Nazareth, whom God anointed with the Holy Spirit and endowed with power. Jesus traveled around doing good and healing everyone oppressed by the devil because God was with him.39 We are witnesses of everything he did, both in Judea and in Jerusalem (Acts 10:37-39a, Common English Bible).
I cannot begin to tell you just how much I hate going to the dentist. As a teenager, a senior in high school, I had two teeth broken out. Root canals had to be done. Despite the dentists best efforts, the teeth never became numb. The most excruciating pain I have ever been through was the end result. To make matters worse, the crowns put on the teeth didn’t last six months and had to be replaced.
When I was in the Navy, they insisted we go to the dentist regularly. I once went when we were at sea. That resulted only on another reason to dislike going to the dentists.
After the Navy, nothing particularly bad happened except 1) I was already ruined and 2) I was going to face medieval torture and pay for the privilege.
Did I mention, I hate going to the dentist? I avoid going like the plague. I have a long history of skipping over the times I should have gone to the dentist for preventive care. Sometimes it was because of expense. Sometimes it was just because I didn’t want to go. When I did go, the deep cleaning necessary resulted in yet new reasons for not wanting to go to the dentist.
At one of my last visits to the dentist I was told those old crowns from the broken teeth so long ago, was causing some problems with the corresponding lower teeth. Eventually, I was told, root canals would be necessary.
About six weeks ago, I started having tooth pain in one of those lower teeth. I made an appointment to see Dr. Driggers. He did a root canal and started me on the road to both upper and lower partials.
Yesterday I had five teeth pulled. Well, three teeth and two crowns that had far outlived their life expectancy.
Knowing this day was coming, I stressed about the day. I was so uncomfortable with even the idea of going to the dentist and even more so with having teeth pulled. Since losing my baby teeth I have never had a tooth pulled.
When Dr. Driggers began his work today, he immediately numbed my mouth. At no time while he was working did I feel real pain. I felt pressure, I felt mild pain. I never felt the kind of pain I felt back when I was a teenager. I am grateful for that.
As I write, I am experiencing some level of pain but I expected as much. Without question, Tylenol helps. When I finish my writing, that is next on my list.
I believe healing comes from God and doctors, including dentists are part of that healing. I think Luke makes that pretty clear in our lesson today.
I am grateful for Dr. Driggers, for his knowledge, his experience and his patience with a big baby who would rather have been just about anywhere other than his chair. Thank you Dr. Driggers.
That is what I am grateful for today. What about you? For what are you grateful. Write it down in your journal. Take a few minutes to share that with someone who needs to hear something from God.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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