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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Berries along Donegal Creek 11/18/19
Brooksyne saw this American Bittersweet shrub showing off its brightly colored berries  along Donegal Creek yesterday on her afternoon walk with the dogs.

"The Value Of The Plumber"

Message summary:
Today let us value all work that benefits others, including the plumber. "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord" (Colossians 3:23).

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"The rest of the deeds of Hezekiah and all his might and how he made the pool and the conduit and brought water into the city, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?" (2 Kings 20:20). "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord" (Colossians 3:23).

Ryan, plumber at JK Mechanical 11/15/19Each week I visit with a team of plumbers at JK Mechanical, including Ryan, shown in the photo to the right. Ryan is big man with a colorful personality who serves as a worship leader in his church. Plumbers like Ryan are on the front lines of public health. If your plumbing stops working you can easily have a crisis and a mess.

Indoor plumbing is one of the greatest blessings of modern living. Fresh potable water coming into your house and running through it, essentially invisible, till needed. Then a system to get the waste water out. If you are really blessed you have hot water. But if either the inflow or the outflow stops working you will quickly realize the value of the plumber.

But in our age we probably take indoor plumbing for granted. It is a relatively recent innovation in human history. My grandparents on Mom's side did not have indoor plumbing in their small Missouri house till they were in their 60's and Brooksyne's grandparents were in their 70's. My dad, who was a plumber among other trades he had learned at the prestigious SOHK, installed indoor plumbing, including an indoor bathroom, for them (his in-laws) when he and Mom got married in the mid-1940's.

Old water pump In my childhood they still had the old water cistern with a hand pump beside the house although we were told to never drink from it. But they still maintained and used the old three-seater outhouse all through my childhood in the late 50's and 60's. It was especially helpful when we had large family gatherings! We consider how many now in America have never used an outhouse, though many of them have used a porta-pottie!

John W. Gardner, President of the Carnegie Corporation and Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) under President Lyndon Johnson wrote, "The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water."

don't appreciate the notion of man's reckoning what vocation is or isn't an "exalted activity" and think I can shorten that quote. Simpler* put the society which scorns excellence in plumbing will have pipes that won't hold water. If we ever have a shortage of plumbers because their work is devalued and you have to wait several weeks to get your toilet working you will probably exalt the plumber and not really see much value in the "exalted activity" of a philosopher with a PhD!

King Hezekiah was one of the good kings who did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. In the record of his life we read, "The rest of the deeds of Hezekiah and all his might are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?" (2 Kings 20:20).

However injected into this sentence is something the historian apparently recognized as notable enough to include concerning Hezekiah: "how he made the pool and the conduit and brought water into the city". In reading through our Bible we may tend to gloss over this detail but it was a significant achievement. The populace surely valued this plumbing innovation!

Today let us value all work that benefits others, including the work of the plumber. "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord" (Colossians 3:23).

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer:  Father, Scripture indicates that You want us to serve diligently, not carelessly. When we work heartily we can be a blessing to our employer, supervisor and co-workers and we honor You as well. We want to be whole-hearted instead of doing just enough to get by as we go about our work. There are those duties we enjoy and those which are done of necessity. Help us to remember that we add dignity to our work when we apply ourselves fully to the task before us, no matter how menial. All work is sacred when it done not just for the boss, not just for the pay check, not just for the title but when we do it heartily for You. Amen.

Some scenes from Brooksyne's walk along Donegal Creek yesterday afternoon

Ultralight aircraft along Donegal Creek 11/18/19
I heard an engine sound from a distance and finally the Ultralight Aircraft came into view. Even the dogs stopped and watched with me as he glided over the farmland.

Pets along Donegal Creek 11/18/19
I wonder if the pets are hoping I'll let them cross this makeshift bridge the children built so they could stay dry when they cross the stream next to their house. I wasn't going to chance it, but I like the creativity of industrious children.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Great I Am"  Video  New Life Worship

* Is it simpler or simplier? (correct spelling)

Finally today:

2019 Smucker Community Day team (Click to enlarge)
Here's a group photo of the Smucker team at their community work day last month. They were featured in a regional business magazine for their service to the community. These men represent a variety of skill sets including roofing, exterior home improvements, laser cutting and metal fabrication.

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