Why Me?

23 A person’s steps are made secure by the Lord
    when they delight in his way.
24 Though they trip up, they won’t be thrown down,
    because the Lord holds their hand. (Proverbs 37:23-24, Common English Bible)

I know, I am late again. I debated with myself yesterday and ended up not writing at all. I wanted to write today (Monday) but to this point (we will see how the rest of the day goes) I wanted to write but couldn’t think of a subject to write on, My mind kept going back to a personal situation. I kept falling asleep. All my mind wanted to do was, sleep. I fell asleep trying to write. I fell asleep talking on the phone. I fell asleep talking to Cindy. Not surprising, I fell asleep watching television. And, I fell asleep trying to read. Whatever I tried to do I quickly found myself asleep. Even when I finished a two hour nap, within 30 minutes I was asleep again. It was a day I found frustrating. How can I go to sleep when there are many things I need to do. As it turned out, its now Tuesday afternoon, late, and I am just now getting it posted.

Last Thursday afternoon I found myself sitting outside my doctor’s office. One of the nurses came out and swabbed my brain tissue through my nose. A half-hour or so later, I learned I was Covid-19 positive. My doctor said I was to spend the next 10 days in isolation. Cindy tested on Friday. She was negative, twice.

When I got home, we quickly went into scramble mode. We had to get worship planned. How were we going to do worship without the sanctuary, and without all the people we need for us to have a worship service? All the people? I can’t expose all them to this. How can we have worship without Jim, playing the piano. I thought, “While I can play the guitar a bit, I can’t play the piano at all. We need Jim. Besides, Jim plays piano better than I play guitar. Where would we hold this service? There were several logistical issues involved but we got them settled and Sunday the service came off pretty well until I accidently deleted the video following the service.

Friends, I want to say to you, let’s make sure to do this thing right. As just about all of us have, since March, I have thought about this virus, hoping I wouldn’t get it, oops. Things have been anything but easy. For things to go well for us, we need to take the virus seriously and we need to do it right. First, assume it is real. We may not want it to be real but if my cough (which preceded my positive test by a couple of weeks) and my fatigue are any indication, this thing is real and others have had it FAR worse than me. I have made the assumption of a real virus all along. I don’t see what the benefit would be to lying lying about it.

We need to have concerns for those around us, so please, wear a mask. I know that some people don’t want to wear a mask. I know they aren’t comfortable. They even argue that masks aren’t really valuable in giving me protection from the virus. I get it. I really do. And, I believe they are accurate, as far a that statement goes. I don’t think that me wearing a mask does that much to protect me from your germs. But, what it does do is, protect you from the germs I might be spreading. My mask protects you. And, if we all wear masks, we are doing the best we can to protect one another from this disease.

Jesus said we should “take up our cross and follow him.” What thing could we do to pick up our cross and follow in the ways of Jesus than to put a mask on our face and tell people, “Let’s all do what Jesus said.”

Further, if we are to overcome this thing, we will have to watch our Rest, practice good hygiene, social distance. I did all those things and still tested positive.

I would appreciate your prayers. I would like nothing better than to be back to face to face worship. The sooner, the better.

Be blessed

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, 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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