An October East Texas Ride

The drive was nice. It was a diversion. There is one thing that I can always do, and I should always see that one thing through.

15 He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
16 For everything was created by Him,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through Him and for Him.
17 He is before all things,
and by Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:15-17, Holman Christian Standard Bible).

Some of you know, some don’t but two weeks ago yesterday one of the staff members from the church I serve called me. “I have tested positive for Covid. We had another member with it earlier in the summer. i made an instant decision that it would be in everyone’s best interest if I went in for a test. Sure enough, I tested positive.

Cindy went in the next morning and tested. She was negative, as thankfully was the same for every church member I know who was tested. So, even though Cindy was negative we have quarantined at home. I thought that Monday (10 days later) I would be able to get released and could get back to working in my normal manner. As it is, I haven’t missed a Sunday. We just went back to online worship.

Well, the doctor’s office told us we had to wait two full weeks before being re-tested. I wasn’t happy but I thought it wasn’t such a big deal. I would still be back in church Sunday. Today we went in for our retest. This one wasn’t the instant test. They have to send it off. They told us it would be next week before the results would be in. So, once again, I am planning a service online instead of in-person, and just as I was beginning a new sermon series!

Though it has been two weeks, I still have a cough that keeps my ribs sore and I am still very tired almost all the time and things don’t seem to taste right. And,, I am always hot, no fever, but hot.

When Cindy and I went to the doctor it was the first time I had left the condo or at least the yard around it in two weeks. So I told her to take a drive. It was a gorgeous afternoon in deep East Texas. The sun was shinning and while it was warm it was a beautiful day.

Make no mistake, this virus is no fun. Many have had it far worse than I. Many others continue to suffer with it who have far harsher symptoms. They have been and continue in my prayers.

The ride was just a good opportunity to relax a bit. It was nice to see something different. I would say it was nice nice not to think about Covid for a while but before I could think of that the cough would start again. Do not, for a second, however, believe that I didn’t enjoy the ride and just being out of the house for a little bit.

When I got home I came home to news about more people I know who are dealing with it. I spent some time in prayer for them. And that friends, reminded me of who you and I are called to be. There isn’t much I can do at this point besides staying away from people until I get the all clear. I am not a physician. I can’t give medical treatment or do something as simple as sitting down for a talk over a glass of iced tea. I always have to remember the first of John Wesley’s General Rules, “Do no harm.” To do more, even with the best of intentions, could do harm while living in a pandemic.

But, there is one thing I can do. I can pray. It has been said that the greatest thing one person can do for another is pray. So, that is what I will do. And friend, when we are praying for others I just can’t see a way that we could ever do harm.

Be blessed!

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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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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