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The word EASTER written in vintage letterpress type

The HEART of Easter

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.”

Job 19:25

He is Risen-praise, honor, glory, power, king of kings-Hallelujah

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 “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ”

1 Corinthians 15:56-57

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Dr. Handel and his son the musician

I know  physicians who come from families of several doctors, including their parents, siblings, or children. My grandfather was a dentist, although I never knew him. But my sons had no interest in medicine and instead chose technology careers.

Georg Handel was a barber-surgeon in northern Germany in the 17th century. Barber-surgeons were physicians in medieval Europe who only performed surgery, often treating wounds from war injuries. Eventually, surgery and barbery became separate occupations.

His son George did not follow his father into medicine. Instead George Frideric Handel  followed his HEART and studied music and eventually composed his masterpiece , Messiah, first performed in 1742, and presented countless times since then.

 Modern choirs perform Messiah at Christmas, but Handel wrote it to be performed at Easter. The lyrics of the songs in Messiah  explore the HEART of the  Bible with passages that tell the story of God sending Jesus to earth to redeem His people.

 

 

The London Symphony Orchestra presents Handel's Messiah

Find Handel’s Messiah on iTunes.

 

 

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Creativity inspires worship

 

Revelation 4, NIV 

In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.

 The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle.

 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:

“‘Holy, holy, holy

is the Lord God Almighty,

who was, and is, and is to come.”

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives forever and ever,  the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever.

They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they were created
    and have their being.”

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“Dallas-based international worship leader and CCM songwriter Kari Jobe ministered around the world for over a decade with various worship groups before settling down as the worship pastor at Southlake, Texas’ Gateway Church in 2006.

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 In 2017 Jobe issued her third studio album, The Garden, which saw her working with producer Jeremy Edwardson (Jesus Culture, Hillsong United, Jon Foreman) and delivering a hopeful set conceived during a time of personal loss. “~ James Christopher Monger

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Let imagination take you where you want to go

I’m a physician who studied mostly science classes in school, so I don’t think of myself as artistic.  This blog serves as a creative outlet for me, but that’s about where it ends.  I  find inspiration in multiple sources- my family and friends, nature, the patients I treat, music, and reading but I don’t think of myself as creative.

So when Kathleen Aherne asked me to write a guest post for her website, Let’s Create, I was a little surprised but also excited at the chance to share some of what has inspired my life. She asked me to write a two part story, so I am sharing part 1 with you today.

You can start reading it here, and then continue with the link to the rest of the post at  Let’s Create.

Reading-The fastest way to everywhere

I grew up as an only child, in a home that was not well off financially. With no siblings, and few neighborhood kids, I used  my imagination to have fun. I watched television shows but there was no internet or digital devices for entertainment. Mostly, I read books which became my favorite pastime.

I still have my three favorite books-      Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes,

Better Homes and Gardens Story Book, and   

The Golden Treasury of Natural History,

all of which have survived multiple moves in readable condition. I don’t read them now, but reading continues to be my favorite way to pass a relaxing evening or rainy afternoon.

When I was young, my mother enjoyed country music and she never missed a TV show featuring a pretty young blonde singer. With her bouffant hairstyle and frilly dresses, I thought the singer was a famous star. I didn’t know she was new to country music, trying to break into the business, and this was her first major opportunity.

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Overcoming the dream killers

Genesis 37 Living Bible (TLB)

“Jacob’s son Joseph was now seventeen years old, and he loved Joseph more than any of his other children, because Joseph was born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob gave him a special gift—a brightly colored coat.

His brothers of course noticed their father’s partiality, and consequently hated Joseph; they couldn’t say a kind word to him.”

(Joseph had two dreams in which  he became so powerful that his brothers bowed down before him.)

“And they hated him both for the dream and for his cocky attitude.”

(One day Joseph’s father sent him to his brothers who were watching the flocks of sheep. He told Joseph to come back and tell him how they were getting along.)

“But when they saw him coming, recognizing him in the distance, they decided to kill him.

“Here comes that master-dreamer,” they exclaimed. “Come on, let’s kill him and toss him into a well and tell Father that a wild animal has eaten him. Then we’ll see what will become of all his dreams!”

So when Joseph got there, they pulled off his brightly colored robe, and threw him into an empty well—there was no water in it. Then they sat down for supper.”

(But then they decided it wasn’t a good idea to kill him; after all, he was their brother. So they decided to sell him to some traders instead.)

And they took Joseph to Egypt Genesis 37:28

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“So when the traders came by, his brothers pulled Joseph out of the well and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver, and they took him along to Egypt.

Then the brothers killed a goat and spattered its blood on Joseph’s coat, and took the coat to their father and asked him to identify it.

“We found this in the field,” they told him. “Is it Joseph’s coat or not?”

Their father recognized it at once.

“Yes,” he sobbed, “it is my son’s coat. A wild animal has eaten him. Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces.”

Then Jacob tore his garments and put on sackcloth and mourned for his son in deepest mourning for many weeks. His family all tried to comfort him, but it was no use.”

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I listened to this story on the Daily Audio Bible recently .(I hope you’re listening too.) Older versions of the Bible translate the “brightly colored coat” as “a coat of many colors”, or as songwriter Andrew Lloyd Webber called it “the amazing technicolor dreamcoat”.

Country singer Dolly Parton had a “coat of many colors” as a child in rural Tennessee. Her mother made it out of rags; the family was poor and couldn’t afford to buy her a new coat.

When her mother gave it to her, she told Dolly the story of Joseph, and Dolly was proud to wear her coat too. But when she went to school, her friends weren’t so impressed and made fun of her. But she knew better; she knew that the love that was sewn into her coat was more important than the price.

The joke was definitely on them since she grew up to become successful, rich, and famous. Not only that, she is generous. She established

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program spans four countries and mails over 1 million free books each month to children around the world.

On the web site she writes

“When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer.

The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.”

I know this is true, because it happened that way for me. My dream of becoming a doctor began and grew from books I borrowed from my local library and I believe every child should have that opportunity.

Like Joseph’s brothers and Dolly’s schoolmates, other people may mock and try to kill your dreams. Don’t let them. Out of our dreams come life changing experiences for us, and for those that we have a chance to help later on. And if someone- a parent, teacher, neighbor, coach-has encouraged your dream, thank them. They have given you a priceless gift.

Her experience inspired Dolly to write a song about her coat, a song she says is her favorite among the many songs she has written and recorded.

I invite you to listen to it here. I think you will understand why it is her favorite and why it reached number 4 on the country music charts in 1971.

If you want to know what happened to Joseph after he arrived in Egypt, you can read the rest of the story in Genesis, or watch

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Learn more about Joseph

Tammy Doil  wrote about Lessons that can be learned from the life of Joseph on her blog  Creative K Kids. Her post was from a lesson she taught for the children’s program at her church. The take-away was

” having faith in God means staying positive even when bad things happen to you.” 

The points in the lesson are aimed at children but we adults need them too.  She includes  instructions for a related craft project for children (or even adults) to do. Here is a link to the post.

Teaching children about the faith of Joseph

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Weekend Words -1 John 5

1 John 5 NIV

 

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.

This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,  for everyone born of God overcomes the world.

This is the victory

that has

a statue of Christ and a small church

Har-Ber Village museum in Oklahoma

overcome

the world,

even our

faith.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The University of Oklahoma- where my medical journey began- Tuesday Travels

 

The original post at this link concerned an ugly racist incident at the University of Oklahoma  years ago.  The university administration lead by President David Boren, promptly investigated and held the perpetrators  accountable. Those involved apologized, and  made restitution.   

Administration, faculty, and students together pledged to make changes to prevent further incidents, efforts which continue through the Office of University Community.

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art display in Hester Hall, home of the College of International studies

 

I  removed the description of the incident and replaced it with a gallery of campus art that I believe  represents the true spirit of the University of Oklahoma.

I took these photos during visits to the campus in Norman, Oklahoma, about 30 miles south of Oklahoma City.

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“State of Grace”, artist Robert Taylor

 

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Native American pottery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“The Guardian”

 

 

 

 

And The Bizzell Memorial Library, named by Architectural Digest as one of the 18 most stunning college libraries in the world  

 

 

 

 

University of Oklahoma campus library

The Last Supper

7 Then the day of Unleavened Bread came. That was the time the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John on ahead.

“Go,” he told them. “Prepare for us to eat the Passover meal.”
9“Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.

10 Jesus replied, “When you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house he enters.

11 Then say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, “Where is the guest room? Where can I eat the Passover meal with my disciples?” ’

12He will show you a large upstairs room with furniture in it. Prepare for us to eat there.”

13 Peter and John left. They found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover meal.

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles took their places at the table. 15He said to them,

“I have really looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you. I wanted to do this before I suffer. 16I tell you, I will not eat the Passover meal again until it is celebrated in God’s kingdom.”

 

 

ceramic replica of "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci; seen in an art store in Las Vegas Nevada; creator unidentified

ceramic replica of “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci; seen in an art store in Las Vegas Nevada; creator unidentified

 

17 After Jesus took the cup, he gave thanks. He said, “Take this cup and share it among yourselves. 18I tell you, I will not drink wine with you again until God’s kingdom comes.”

19 Then Jesus took bread. He gave thanks and broke it. He handed it to them and said, “This is my body. It is given for you. Every time you eat it, do it in memory of me.”

20  In the same way, after the supper he took the cup. He said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. It is poured out for you.

21 But someone here is going to hand me over to my enemies. His hand is with mine on the table.

22The Son of Man will go to his death, just as God has already decided. But how terrible it will be for the one who hands him over!”

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