Archive for November, 2007

The Other Side

Posted in Uncategorized on November 25, 2007 by Sherman Gardner

So I’ve been having these thoughts in my head…I know, thoughts in my head may seem like a miraculous event to some of you! This week is an interesting week. It is a week where most people have short work weeks and most students are out of school. This happens of course in respect of Thanksgiving, which happens on the fourth Thursday of November. This is a time where we give thanks for everything that we are blessed with…family, friends, jobs, health, freedom, stuff, etc. I think we as a country and society do that quite well by celebrating with lots and lots of eating!
We have so many people to thank for these blessings. Our military, our families, friends, and of course first and foremost, our Father. Thank you Lord for all these blessings. And this particular week, I have a new found (or at least a rekindled) appreciation of the things that are important to me.
As most of you know, Darla (my wife) had surgery this week. It was major surgery; the kind of surgery that ‘women’ have. Enough said about that. She is doing great…kind of slow, but completely understandable. I am so proud of her. She has been brave, even in the face of fear, she stood strong. And she is showing me stamina and strength that makes me smile and be proud again for her and of her. I am also very proud of Darla’s mom, Ernestine, and our kids. They have all stepped up so much to help out.
In my line of work, I am the one who always is rendering aid to people in times of need. That’s what I do. That’s who I am. That’s what I’m good at. This time however, the people in need are us. In times of sickness and surgeries and injuries, people rally around the affected family and bring food and support for that family. Well, ‘that’ family is mine this time. And I am on ‘The Other Side’. And it’s making me uncomfortable. I am supposed to be strong and take care of things. But sometimes in life, things are beyond our ability to take care of them right, or completely. So, I have this constant parade of food coming to my door. There is a continual knock on the door of people wanting to say hello, and to see what they can do to help. There is a deeply meaningful and spiritual word that describes this…the effort and love and commitment that God’s people have for each other. It is a very complex word with deep meaning that I know you will get right away. Get out your paper…etch it in your heart…because next time, it could be you and your family.
The word? What word is it that describes being on ‘The Other Side’ and be taken care of? The only word is this one…WOW!

I love you all!!!
Sherman

Construction

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9, 2007 by Sherman Gardner

I was talking to a friend the other day about a couple of things…can’t really remember what it was we were talking about, but after we got through talking about whatever that was, she asked how the church was doing. I told her that Christ Community Church was doing great, and that we are off to a great start! She was very excited for us and asked if we had our new signs up and I said yes and asked her why she didn’t notice them. She said, “Oh I don’t go down Paige Road because of all the construction.” I said something back to her that was quite profound, if I do say so myself! But I do give full credit to the Holy Spirit for it, because honestly, I couldn’t have come up with it on my own. I told her, “Well, sometimes you gotta go through the construction to get to the best things.”
Ahhh construction on Paige! It really is a pain. But it’s just an inconvenience. That’s all. It will get better, just not fast enough. That’s the way life is…under construction. It will be better when it gets done. We have some major inconveniences as we go through life, but it will be worth it. In the meantime, we have to live with it, deal with it, work with it, around it, avoid it, adjust with it…get the picture? But the end product will be worth it. When Paige is done, it will be a very nice six lane road. When life is done…it will actually just be starting…all the lanes will be open…and it will nice, smooth, and full of unending joy. In the meantime, I’ll deal with the construction, because sometimes you gotta go through the construction to get to the best things.

The Extra Hour

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4, 2007 by Sherman Gardner

Here I am, trying to settle in for my night’s sleep (that obviously isn’t quick enough in coming) and a memory came to my mind. It was when it dawned on me when I was a kid that we changed time a couple of times a year. It registered with me during the fall daylight savings time change. You know, it’s the one where we ‘fall back’ an hour, as opposed to the ‘spring ahead’ one in the spring. With the ‘fall back’ time change comes an extra hour’s worth of sleep tonight! Yes! When that concept registered with me as a kid, it was my mom who told me about it. But, I guess I didn’t catch the whole explanation at first, because I thought the extra hour happened every night! Okay, now don’t laugh too much at me. It takes a real man to admit something like that.
Sad thing is in this day and time, an extra hour doesn’t make that much difference in our day, or time. We’re too busy. We go too fast. We miss too much. And we’re always too tired from trying to play catch up on it all.
I was at a nursing home many years ago, visiting one of our church members. It was obvious I didn’t have much time (let alone an extra hour) because I kept looking at my watch. The older man I was visiting commented on how nice my watch was and asked to see it. I showed it to him and he asked me to take it off my wrist so he could look at it closer. I did. He took it, looked at it and then put it in his pocket. He then said “Follow me”, which I reluctantly did (I’m in a hurry, remember?). We went out on the front porch to sit in the rockers, which I did, impatiently. He talked for a moment, then got quiet. I looked at my watch, and then I remembered that he took it, and so I started to ask for it back, and he shushed me! He asked me to sit real still and be quiet for a few moments and the hummingbirds would come up. I sat quietly, waiting for the hummingbirds (impatiently) in the warm afternoon sun. Next thing I knew, I was waking up! I looked up at the old man who was just grinning at me, holding my watch out to me. He leaned over to me and whispered as I took my watch back, “I love you Sherman…slow down.” I had been ‘out’ for almost an hour.
Hey you…shhhhh…slow down…