What Am I Grateful For Today… Dr. Driggers

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,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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