Pat’s Chat (September 23)

All the news is not good. Our church lost a very special brother, bringing me and many others to tears. Gerald “Jerry” Heckert has been a loving friend to all of us. Someone who could laugh with us (not at us, usually, unless we were doing something really silly). He was there to listen to our woes and sympathize. If there was some sort of work to be done, he always was the first one there. If expenses and bills needed to be paid, he was faithful to help. He and his wonderful wife, Alma, have been friendly, loving and helpful to all of us and to whoever might come to visit.

The good news is that you and I can look forward to seeing Jerry again soon when Jesus comes in the clouds of heaven and resurrects him, and all His children who died believing in Jesus’ blood spilled in loving sacrifice to pay the penalty for my sins, your sins, our sins. I hope each of you wants to be a part of that glorious soon-coming of our Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I was also sad to hear that Craig Smith of the Braxton newspapers also passed away. I wish I had sent him some more recipes. I didn’t know him well, but I believe he loved Jesus and I will see him again when Jesus comes back.

Some sad news for me is the excruciating pain I have had in the last few weeks because of my right knee pain. It is finally getting better and I can walk in the house without a walker and so much pain. I have been able to lower my doses of Ibuprofen the last couple of days. Will see my doctor this week and see what I have to do now. Hopefully not surgery.

I read an article by Rebecca Young that I agree with wholeheartedly, entitled, “Children Need Better Examples of Good Behavior.” If I could have gotten permission to share it, I would have typed it right into my Pat’s Chat and shared it with you. I am sure many of you would agree. I will add this. Too many adults forget that the main way our children learn HOW to behave and act is by watching and listening to the adults around them, in the home, in the school, other places where people gather. I want to be a better example to the children I am involved with, which is not much anymore, sad to say. I miss my younger family members. I still really love it that my daughter and two sons are nearby. They make my life worth living.



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