Now at Lystra there
was a man sitting, who could not use his feet; he was a cripple
from birth, who had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking;
and Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith
to be made well, said in a loud voice, "Stand upright on your
feet." And he sprang up and walked.
I am in considerable pain, having been revisited last week by arthritis
(that's a self-diagnosis) in my left knee. I treated it by pressing
on, doing my first stationary bike workout at the leisure center (that's
UK-speak for "gym" or athletic club), going to a couple
more nature walks after the one reported here
last week, and doing considerable walking on the dock on Sunday
and Monday. While hobbling on my left side, I was compensating by
using my right foot to carry most of my considerable weight. I could
walk on the left leg by keeping the knee straight, but could not use
it to lift myself up a stairstep or even a curb (or to use the UK
spelling, kerb). This morning, though the left knee is some but not
all better, most of the pain is now in my right foot . . . .
has kindly brought me some pain relieving gel today, called Flexilica
(which describes itself as glucosamine+silica+chondtroitin), which
sems to have measurably helped the knee and made both pains less noticeable
when I'm off my feet, but I can still barely put any weight on my
right foot. So the lesson learned is to stop keep pressing on when
arthritis flares up (as that in my knee did in the middle of last
week) but take it easy. I did bring a large bottle of glucosamine
tablets (taken orally) from California, which I started taking sometime
during the weekend. They seemed to help the previous times I had bouts
with arthritis, the worst of which occurred a week after son Kevin's
wedding (where I danced more than I had in three or more decades).
That time, both knees were in so much pain that I then purchased my
first stash of glucosamine.
of my old man's complaints; on to the business at hand. When we arrived
at the Dock Cafe for this week's dock walk (see
the earlier report on that ministry here) on Sunday, we were surprised
by the sight of thousands of people enjoying the partly sunny afternoon
on the quayside, where something of a carnival was going on. Maybe
as many as ten tall ships were in dock, and visitors were going aboard
to explore, others were taking to tour boats in the harbor to get
different perspectives, dozens of booths were offering wares and edibles,
and performers were putting on free shows. Dock Church rector Chris
Bennett suspended this week's prayer walk in favor of making the cafe
available to fairgoers, and after my photojournalism stint I joined
other regular dock walkers as volunteer cafe workers, bussing and
washing the hundreds of cups and other dishes and cleaning up for
the next patrons after a previous batch moved on.
usually closed on Sundays, the Dock Cafe did brisk business during
the past holiday weekend's Maritime Festival. The ministry cafe advertises
itself as Ireland's only cafe where patrons can pay whatever they
choose by contributing to the 'honesty box.'
video below captures some of the tall ships, family activity, and
colorful exhibitions going on during the Maritime Fest.
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Between Pascha and Passover, the church services retrace the stories
in Acts of the miraculous works of the Apostles. I am struck by Luke's
assertion in the passage above that Paul could tell by looking in
the crippled man's face that he had faith to believe that he could
be healed. Paul was not a mind reader, but was a reader of faces.
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I got to an automobile dealership to pick up my car, I was
told the keys had been locked in it. I went to the service
department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock
the driver side door. As I watched from the passenger side,
I tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked.
"Hey," I announced to the technician, "it's
open!" He replied: "I know. I already got that side."
of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better
to change the locks.
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