Why Do Good?

“Why does God want us to do good works?” asked the preacher yesterday morning.

I had a “new” answer pop into my head. But before that, another photo from the Mother’s Day excursion Ruby and I took the day before Mother’s Day.

Ruby at Jefferson, Scio, Crabtree Food Bank coffee wagon at Albany I-5 rest area

Food banks are a great way to do good. And when they have coffee at interstate rest areas, they do even more good! If Hubbard (Oregon) has no food bank, perhaps our congregation (Hopewell Mennonite Church, two miles distant) should start one.

Anyway, may God bless and prosper the Jefferson-Scio-Crabtree Food Bank as well as those who make it work. And thanks for the good coffee!

Now, back to the question: “Why does God want us to do good works?”

And what popped into my head: Because He wants us to have faith!

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17).

Is Faith in God Enough?

Last update for this post appended at the end

I don’t know what to title this post. That will have to do. Maybe it fits; maybe it doesn’t.

Early this morning I got an email from one of my cousins about one of her sister’s sons, D.

They had found a hole in [his] heart and he had surgery on Thursday… yesterday. Things have taken a very unexpected turn and unless God works a miracle… he will not make it. Please pray. [D] and [L] have 6 children and the 7th is due in December.

D was losing blood faster than they could give it.

In faith, I rest in God’s love, wisdom, and power.

And in His nearness to D and L and their children, and to their extended families.

I posted the above on October 24 at 7:01 am Pacific Time.

UPDATES: October 25 at 8:47 am PT

At 9:15 (Eastern) last night: At the same time the doctors are being very honest with the family saying there is little chance for [D] to live. They say if you could put it into percentage they might say it is an 80/20 percent chance for him to live. The doctors have been very reassuring that they are there to help him survive, and not at all ready to pull life support. His body is under tremendous stress. He is very swollen, up to 48 extra pounds. There is a possibility of brain damage but not permanently since the whole body is swollen. There are many side effects. His hands are so swollen that they have had to cut them open to relieve pressure. They had to do this or he might never have use of his hands again. They are trying hard to stay ahead of all the side effects that the shock is putting on his body. Vital organs like kidneys and lungs could fail and then be the next most urgent concern. At this point they are not planning to do a heart transplant. His heart though not working on its own yet, is a good heart.

At 9:30 (Eastern) this morning: He made it through the night. PTL! The doctor told the family this morning that the truth was that he had not expected [D] to make it through the night. Things are still very touch and go. BUT- quoting the doctor, “we can be cautiously optimistic.”

UPDATE: October 25 at 9:41 pm PT

At 6:30 (Eastern) this evening: They have done some tests on [D]s brain. There is still blood flow there. This is a very good thing. Now the next major prayer request is that he would wake up so they can see if there is brain activity.

UPDATE: October 28 at 11:55 am PT

For missing and further updates and for a guestbook to sign: Danny Ewing.

Above all, love God!