‘And How Do We Feel This Morning?'

Written by Rev. James L. Snyder

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The thing most disturbing to me isrepparttar sense onrepparttar 118071 part ofrepparttar 118072 nurse to personally identify with my pain. Hence, "And how do we feel this morning?"

I object to this vehemently. It is my pain, not "our" pain. I believe each nurse should go and get their own pain. I'm paying a lot for this pain and I deserve allrepparttar 118073 credit. I do not choose to share my pain with anyone, especially someone with a bubbly orientation so early inrepparttar 118074 morning.

It's my ailment and I haverepparttar 118075 right to not only enjoy it but also tell everyone about it. One reason it's so hard to tell people about my ailment is everybody wants to tell me about their own ailments instead.

My hospital room that I'm paying for should berepparttar 118076 one place I can indulge my ailment. I should not have to compete with nurses concerning my prevailing ailment. From a casual perusal of medical journals while waiting inrepparttar 118077 doctor's office, there are more than enough ailments to go around.

This is my ailment and I share it with no person, especially healthy nurses wielding needles and pain pills.

If I hear that phrase, "And how do we feel this morning?" one more time I'm going to throw some business to my favorite funeral home.

A related phrase brought just as much frustration. My good nurse came in one morning and quipped, "And are we having our breakfast this morning?"

Looking atrepparttar 118078 breakfast tray before me, with barely enough for me, I simply glared at her. If she had any designs of slicing in on my breakfast, blood would flow. I gripped my plastic knife menacingly.

This whole thing came to a head my last morning inrepparttar 118079 hospital. My evanescent nurse burst into my room and asked, "And are we ready for our bath this morning?" This wasrepparttar 118080 straw that sippedrepparttar 118081 last drop of patience from my languishing body.

Nothing is more personal to me then "my" bath. I will share my tub with nobody except my rubber ducky.

Getting rest inrepparttar 118082 hospital is a challenge forrepparttar 118083 weariest soul. Just when you think you have snuggled down for a snooze, someone asks how you are.

The best rest comes from Jesus Christ who invites everyone to "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30 KJV.)

His inquiry is always welcome and comes atrepparttar 118084 right time, like now.

Reverend Snyder is currently ministering at the "Family of God Fellowship" in Ocala, Florida. More of his articles are available for reprint at his website: http://www.godspenman.com/ Rev. Snyder is available as a guest speaker. He writes a weekly column and is the author of "You Can Always Tell a Pastor: But Not Very Much" available at: http://www.jamessnyderministries.com/

My Pride of Barbados

Written by Arthur Zulu

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We seem to liken our best flower to a loved one. Consider this: if you have a lover, to what would you compare her? A Morning rose or a sun flower? Certainly not a bramble. Or a thorn tree.

But there lived women in times past, who were bramble and thorn trees. And they still live today. God deliver thee from their hands. And mayrepparttar good Lord not give me thorns and brambles.

Give me not Samson’s bride who will give my riddles to my detractors. Or a nagging Delilah that would lay barerepparttar 118070 secret of my success and bring me to an untimely grave. But do give me a woman withrepparttar 118071 tenacity of Juliet and sensibility of Abigail.

Give me not Agememnon’s wife,repparttar 118072 unfaithful Klytaimestra, who murderedrepparttar 118073 warrior forrepparttar 118074 love of Aigisthos. But give me Penelope, daughter of Ikarios, and tenacious wife ofrepparttar 118075 much endearing man, Odysseus.

Give me not a wicked Jezebelrepparttar 118076 exterminator of imaginary foes, or a Marozia, Donna Senatrix of Rome, killer of popes and “holy men.” But give me a godly lady likerepparttar 118077 beautiful Queen Esther of Susa—shapely like a sculptor’s handiwork, skin like cinnamon, eyes likerepparttar 118078 dove’s and feet likerepparttar 118079 gazelle’s. And Minerva grant merepparttar 118080 power to compose sweet poems for fair maiden.

Give me not Helen or a Lucretia,repparttar 118081 causes of many fights and sorrows. Rather give me a Queen Elizabeth I,repparttar 118082 Virgin Queen, a woman hard to woo by men. Or a La Gioconda—the stately Mona Lisa withrepparttar 118083 bewitching smile.

I do not desire a Queen of Sheba,repparttar 118084 wealthy visitor of wise Solomon, who lacking honor ended up onrepparttar 118085 bed ofrepparttar 118086 libidinous king. But give merepparttar 118087 shepherd boy’s wife,repparttar 118088 Shulammite, “a garden barred,” “a spring sealed up,” and “a wall,” with “breasts like towers,” shunning “circlets of gold” and “studs of silver.” May her breasts like a cluster of pomegranates, continue to tickle me till my dying day. Let her very bosom delight my soul from summer to spring and from autumn to winter.

May I be inrepparttar 118089 ecstasy when she plants her sweet lips on mine as I look into her dreamy eyes. Let her angelic fingers caress my bones as we lay byrepparttar 118090 fireside in winter confirming our love to each other. May her rich mellifluous voice liven my spirit and make my day.

Let her—my Penelope, my Juliet, my Abigail—be beside me in my sleeping and waking hours. May she—my Esther, my Elizabeth, my Mona Lisa, my Shulammite—be with me in fair and in bad weather.

Let her berepparttar 118091 majestic flower inrepparttar 118092 fence of my country home.

Let her berepparttar 118093 flower of all seasons—purveyor of joy, harbinger of happiness. Let her be my forever red and yellow petals— yellow for sun rise, red for sunset— unfailing asrepparttar 118094 sun.

Let her, even she—my love, my life—berepparttar 118095 pride of paradisaic islands in far away waters.

Let her be my Pride of Barbados!


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