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Reflections by the Pond #402: Life in the Body

Reflections by the Pond #402: Life in the Body

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Published by David S. Lampel
The members of Christ's body--the church universal, as well as the church local--may, on occasion, play out the worst of the species. Like voracious deer, we nibble away at each other, gossip and fret, say hurtful things that leave gaping wounds.
Yet, as brutal as life can be in the body, these same people can also be a source of great strength and consolation. The body of Christ is comprised of individuals who laugh together, weep together, and earnestly care about each other. We encourage, we inspire each other, we sit by hospital beds. We hold each other by the hand through hard times, and we hold each other up when trials are more than we think we can bear. We rejoice in seeing each other's children grow and mature in the Lord. And every person in the body is another rung on the ladder leading us upward to Christ.
We are not just fellows in a club; we are brothers and sisters in Christ. We are kin. We are all of the same blood type: the blood of Christ. Thus we are ready and willing whenever a transfusion becomes necessary.
The members of Christ's body--the church universal, as well as the church local--may, on occasion, play out the worst of the species. Like voracious deer, we nibble away at each other, gossip and fret, say hurtful things that leave gaping wounds.
Yet, as brutal as life can be in the body, these same people can also be a source of great strength and consolation. The body of Christ is comprised of individuals who laugh together, weep together, and earnestly care about each other. We encourage, we inspire each other, we sit by hospital beds. We hold each other by the hand through hard times, and we hold each other up when trials are more than we think we can bear. We rejoice in seeing each other's children grow and mature in the Lord. And every person in the body is another rung on the ladder leading us upward to Christ.
We are not just fellows in a club; we are brothers and sisters in Christ. We are kin. We are all of the same blood type: the blood of Christ. Thus we are ready and willing whenever a transfusion becomes necessary.

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Published by: David S. Lampel on Sep 20, 2009
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Reflectionsby the Pond
No. 402 July 6, 2009
seedlings, and, of course, anything and every-thing planted in the vegetable garden. Practi-cally anything we set out will quickly becomeappetizer or main course for a deer dinner.Tis time of the year their voracious gazefalls lovingly upon the delicate and sweet-tasting new growth in the gardens. So wetake extraordinary measures to protect thatwhich we hope will grace our dinner tablelater in the season. For the first time, this yearwe have erected continuous fencing aroundthe entire perimeter of the vegetable garden.Te taller fence stops the deer, while the baseDuring my weekly sojourn about theproperty mowing off the grass, it is my habitto take mental inventory of all the nooks andcrannies: the progress of the growing things,the rotted oak limbs that have fallen, newholes and runs made by moles—as well as allthe latest nibblings of our hoofed friends.Tey fancy the fruit trees, and the matureapple, cherry, and pear trees in our orchardhave all been pruned from the bottom up bythe browsing deer. But also on their diet arethe decorative bushes, gladiolus, red twigdogwoods, hostas, evergreen trees, elm tree
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ut of all the beasts with which we live—
acongregation which includes wild turkeys, possums,squirrels and chipmunks, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, andthe odd badger and bobcat—none is as destructive as the deer.
Life Life Life 

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