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The Tamarack Ring

August 7, 2015

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The Tamarack Ring

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Tamarack Trees

The Tamarack Ring

This morning  I had to go  to the clinic.     While approaching the door  on the narrow sidewalk,  an old man  was coming my way.     He stepped  to the side  and said,  “Young ladies first.”

I laughingly replied,  “I’m  so far  from young.     May I still pass?”

He said,  “Yes ma’am,  and here is a ring  for your pleasant smile  and being willing  to greet me.”

He gave me the ring pictured above  that he had carved  from a Tamarack tree  and said he likes  to spend his time carving toys  and other objects  to give away.     Because of his age,  I imagine  he could be a widower  and that his children might not live nearby.     Carving things  is a pleasant way  for him  to fill his time.

We had a very nice visit  about him being  in the Navy  years ago  and about the pleasantness  of carving things.     This was a very nice encounter  in which we made each other’s day  more special.     Several times  he said,  “Never lose your pleasant ways.     Never lose your wonderful smile.     You made my day…..     Remember  —  everyone needs  someone pleasant  to make their day.”

Needless to say,  he made my day special.     Such pleasantness is spoken of  in Proverbs 16:24,

Pleasant words  are a honeycomb,
Sweet  to the soul  and healing  to the bones.

We not only need  to be pleasant  to those we meet  —  but we also need  to be pleasant  every day  in God’s presence.     Psalm 147:1  says,

Praise the LORD!
For it is good  to sing praises  to our God;
For it is pleasant  and praise is becoming.

Remembering God’s sacrificial love  for us  in Christ Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  blessed be Your name  for Your lovingkindness  day by day.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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