Walking under trees in the park during that hot Summer helped clear my mind about the world around me. I came to realize it was all a part of God’s Creation. Science could explain how it was made and how it works, but science has yet to actually create anything brand new. We’re good at taking what God made and changing it into something else. Like little boys, we break things or knock them down and then try to make something else of the pieces. Sometimes for bad, sometimes for good. But, we still do not make anything brand new under the Sun. Continue reading
My life was turned upside down by God when He used my then future wife to witness to me. At the time I was living as an atheist, minding my own business and working hard. I was physically active with tennis and ping pong, and I played chess. I was not actively dating anyone, but at my work place, the wife of a match-making couple “pestered” me about meeting a nice girl her husband knew at his work place. She said the girl was hearing-impaired like myself, loved cats, not a “religious fanatic”, and lived in a mobile home. Meanwhile, her husband told my future date that I was hearing impaired like herself, played tennis and chess. The reminders finally got to the point where I gave up all resistance and took the nice girl’s phone number. I was to call and make a date. Continue reading
“Until death do us part” is a common part of many wedding vows. It is a promise to never separate before death.
But here I’ll also use it to describe when our own death parts us from this world. Recently there were two deaths in our family. So it’s a sad time for me and my wife to have two family members who recently died. The older family member died from old-age lung issues complicated by a fall. The death was sudden, but it was expected sooner rather than later. The other, a young family member, was shot to death in the home by two robbers. Suddenly, unexpectedly, and “before his time”.
My own father died from complications of cancer side-effects from drugs taken to combat his MS. That was many years ago and he died the day after I introduced him to my fiancee. It was an emotional period in my life to be faced by parental death and betrothment. Continue reading
There was a time many years ago when I was an atheist. At college I persuaded friends to try out an Ouija board. It’s supposed to connect with the spirit world and provide a way to ask questions of the dead or spirits. Being the only atheist in the room I, of course, asked them to pose the question, “Is there a God?” My friends were very reluctant. I was afraid they would maneuver the “pointer” to say “Yes”, but thought the Ouija board would simply “fail” to answer. None of us expected a foul-language response. But, the response was not an answer because it only swore at us. At the time this puzzled me. Why would my friends say that? My friends were upset. They were not the kind to speak vulgarly. I never stopped to think it was actually something evil from the spirit world responding. Continue reading
I was born Deaf, but became deaf through a marvel of technology: the hearing-aid. What’s the difference between Deaf and deaf? Heart language and culture. There is a range in the severity of deafness. Mine was severe enough so I could not hear well enough to use a spoken language. Fortunately, hearing aids became available to me when I was in second grade. They were very large and expensive. With the hearing aid I could learn to speak English with the help of a Speach Therapist. My therapist also taught me how to read lips. English became my heart language, not ASL. So I was able to make my way through public schools. I barely made it to college, but then almost flunked out in my first term. By changing to a different major and minor, I had more teachers who spoke English without an accent. That made all the difference for me. I struggled all the way to graduation. Continue reading
I was stubborn and unyielding. As an atheist I insisted there was no God. I said to myself that I tried to do everything the right way. I learned to deal with my deafness, and as a hearing impaired person I was able to survive. Yes, I survived the hearing world and I did “ok”. I was happy most of the time with that. Continue reading
I grew up not knowing I sinned and “fell short of the glory of God”. I did not know I was “dead in sin”. Also, I did not know of God’s gift through his Son, Jesus. Because I was hearing impaired, even while wearing a hearing aid, I did not appreciate church. My family took me to church. I could not understand the Preacher from where we sat. So I was bored with church. Continue reading