A "Close" Call

It was a “close” call. I picked up the phone and it was a long-lost friend telling me that he probably couldn’t go through another operation like this last one. “I’d think I’d rather die,” he said. However, he insisted on talking about how I was doing with my radiculopathy - an intense shooting pain down the arm to the fingertips. We’d alternately unravel the details of our respective sufferings which somehow, by the end of our talk, helped us regain years in our relationship. Distance and time made us lose touch until pain touched us in such a way as to make our phone conversation a “close” call. PORTAL TO HEAVEN: There are few things that can make us taste intimacy like pain…the kind God knows so well. For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21 NLT PLEASE SHARE THIS PIECE. Comments: norepcom@gmail.com


Recent Posts

See All

Fireworks & Fireflies & Firmament

The Fourth fireworks over dozens of small Upstate towns was mesmerizing and couldn’t help but bring to mind the line, “Bombs bursting in air.” It was reminiscent of when crowds would gather to watch t

When Your House is Complete, Will You Be?

“When you finally finish everything in your house, it’ll be time to move.” So said my wise spiritual father who was an accomplished builder in his own right. He had constructed his house from the grou

The Deadline Doorway: Is Yours Open or Shut?

Deadlines conjure up either stress or excitement. Some athletes are called “money players.” They love playing under pressure. That’s when they step it up as the clock ticks down. When goal-oriented pe