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In Memory of Dan – Part 2

Some who came to the Texas Memorial Service to honor Dan

Some who came to the Texas Memorial Service to honor Dan

100 LITTLE THOUGHTS ABOUT GOD,

MAN AND SOCIETY 

by Dr. Dick van Geet, Utrecht, Holland,  (con’t)

 

“THE BLOOD OF CHRIST  (which blood saves ?)

Speaking about the saving blood of Christ maybe we should not only think of the Cross. Perhaps there is more ‘blood’. Think of the story of the good Samaritan. Along the road between Jericho and Jerusalem, a wounded man was lying probably bleeding seriously. According to Matthew 25: 40 – 45, this suffering man was Christ. Now what happened.  Some people went by on the other side of the road. By doing so they despised the blood of Christ. But the Samaritan who helped him got the blood of ‘Christ’  on his hands. He was purified and saved.

 

BODY AND SOUL

The body is important but real man is in his face. The eyes are the mirror of the soul. Maybe other religions might know something or even a lot about the ‘body’ of God. However, no other religion than Christianity has knowledge about the ‘face’ of God. Only he who has seen the loving eyes of Jesus knows the real God.

 

CREDIT-CRISIS AND CAPITALISM

1. The basic presuppositions of capitalism are (1) that human nature is good (all evil is supposed to come from outside) or (2) that no meaningful difference could be made between good and evil. The economic crisis and its causes regrettably lteach us otherwise.

 2. Capitalism is to a great extent based on two statements of  Adam Smith : (1) Human beings are primarily motivated by self-interest. (2) Pursuing this interest promotes and coincides with common interest. We should fear that the first is right, but the second wrong. If  Adam Smith tells us that the pursuing of well-understood self-interest by everyone is a sufficient condition for the wellbeing of a society the credit crisis convincingly demonstrates the opposite.

3. If it is true that ‘a tree is known from its fruits’ we could learn from the  causes of the economic crisis that there are quite a lot of rotten trees in our society.

4. It is not difficult to prove that everyone would be better off if everyone would pursue the common interest (‘love your neighbour as yourself’) instead of only pursuing his self-interest.  But therefore we would have to trust each other, and we don’t do that enough.

 

CHARITY

1. The Bible teaches us: if you have two coats and your neighbour none, give him one. But what if we have three and our neighbour one: should we in this case also give one? Socialists would say: yes. Basic need philosophers say: no. The Bible gives no answer: probably having three coats was   unusual in that time. 

2. ‘Treat your neighbour as you want to be treated yourself’. But don’t we want many things that are neither good for us nor for our neighbour ? “

(to be continued)

The table of photos and photo albums was appreciated by the guests.

The table of photos and photo albums was appreciated by the guests.

 

 

About Anne – Today, I began to come out of the fog.  I returned to California Tuesday, but I still can’t bear to open Dan’s closet, or look in his drawer of personal things like his iPod, etc.  I’m thankful the sun drove away the fog that was settling over the Pacific.  That helped me get 2/3’s of my suitcases unpacked and put away.

When fatigue began to settle in, I went to the beach.  The waves were angry, wild, rushing up to the beach crashing loudly.  Sad to say, someone drowned last week.  Now there is a large sign – “DANGER – DUE TO UNPREDICTABLE HIGH WAVES, WADING OR SWIMMING IS NOT ADVISABLE.”  After an hour, the wild sea had made me even more tired, so I came back to the house.  Later, a tasty hot meal and a nice long telephone visit with my North Caroline son turned this into a pleasant day. — Anne

July 9, 2009 at 7:25 am 2 comments

In Memory of Dan Boyd

100 LITTLE  THOUGHTS

ABOUT GOD, MAN AND

SOCIETY

 

about subjects I had the privilege to discuss with my dear friend, Dan Boyd, during 48 years.  — Dr. Dick van Geet, Utrecht, Holland

 

THE ABSENT GOD

Sometimes  people say:  ‘I never perceive something from God’.  But probably their ‘telephone’  is always engaged.  We are so busy with other things !

 AID

If it is true that every human being has eternal value this would mean that saving one man is as important as saving the whole world.

 ART

What marks the difference between real art and kitch ? One important distinguishing mark is this: if we look at or listen longer to the former,  we appreciate it increasingly. Kitch however is increasingly boring the more we hear or see it.

 ATHEÏSM

1. Atheïsts are people who disprove something they have invented themselves. The god they reject does not exist indeed. From the real God they have no idea.

2. Some people cannot believe in a God because they cannot imagine there might be things beyond the abilities of their sense-organs (Thomas !). Without any good argument they consider these organs as absolute.   

 BIBLE

 1. The Bible is Gods Word. But of course not meant to replace the Living Christ. It is not meant as a code of law

 2. How important it is, if there is a living God we should not only pay attention to what He said and did 2000 years ago, but also do it.

(to be continued)

I returned to California Tuesday, 07/07/09.  This message came in while I was pondering what to share on my blog…I was asking myself, “Should I share my feelings of despair and loneliness, or maybe just share the words to the song, “My God, He Is Alive.”  Then Dick’s message arrived. My feelings of despair dissolved.  I knew immediately that this is what I must share.   God bless.  — Anne

July 8, 2009 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

The Best Solution

The time to return to California has arrived.  I board the plane Tuesday 11:40 a.m.  This has been the best of times and the worst of times.  Loving friends have filled my time here with blessings to help me during the newness of being without Dan.  I leave with some things unresolved.  Since I am not a mind reader or a magician, I do not understand.  Nor do I know how to fix broken relationships that do not want to be mended.

Looking forward, I do my best to leave these things in the hands of God.  The best solution to a broken heart is to keep on praying, giving your pain to God, as you seek His guidance, listening for His answers as you read His Word…and choosing to follow Him.

“Jesus spoke to His disciples to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: ‘In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

” For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ ”

 And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says.  And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?’ ” Luke 18: 1 – 8.  Think on these things.  Let God help you.  Will you be one of the intentional followers of Jesus when He comes again?  — Anne

July 7, 2009 at 5:17 am 3 comments

Why Am I So Afraid?

Life is always full of challenges.  It feels like adjusting to being a widow is the biggest challenge of my life so far.   At church today I got hugs from many dear friends and made some new friends.  Again, I was immersed in love which is very healing.

After eating at my favorite restuarant , La Bistro, we came back to Judy’s home where I had a long rest.  I got up in time to attend the small group Bible study.  They were studying what God says about worry.  Philippians 4: 5 – 7 says, “…the Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, present your requests to God.  And, the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

Well, I ask you, “HOW do you do that???  Philippians 4:8 gives us the answer.  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.”  I’m working on doing that.

However, I must need to do much more thinking about things that are excellent or praiseworthy, because the Lord also gave me the Scripture AGAIN today, “Why are you so afraid?  Then Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the waves, and it was completely calm.” – Matthew 8:26. 

This message is for all of us who are grieving over losing Dan, feeling sad or confused that he is gone from this earth.  We will be okay if we follow Jesus.  That’s Who made Dan the person he was.  God’s Word has the answers.  God will send the Comforter to us – of that I am positive. — Anne

July 6, 2009 at 6:19 am 1 comment

The Firm Foundation

Today was more like a “normal” Saturday.  All that was missing was Dan.  Judy prepared a lovely breakfast for Rosemarie and me; we sat and talked for a long time; we went together to Dottie’s to pack the rest of my things at her house; we went to lunch at Appleby’s; we unloaded my things from the minivan (with one lady holding one end of a suitcase, and another holding the other end).  Then we all went to our beds and took a nap…except that I did not have enough energy to get up until 830 p.m. (20:30).

After a week of temperatures of 99 – 100 F (40 C + – ), and high pollution…a week in which we placed Dan’s ashes in the earth, and packed the last of our things that we had in Ft. Worth, I am exhausted…physically and mentally.

But I am filled with thankfulness for all the wonderful people that God has moved to step up to help me, and for all the people who are now praying for me – a new widow floundering in a world full of change and challenges.   I have a Firm Foundation Who supports me.

In God Calling, by Bruce, this message gave me renewed strength:

“I am the Firm Foundation on which you can dance and sing and celebrate My Presence.  This is My high and holy calling for you; receive it as a precious gift.  Glorifying and enjoying Me is a higher priority than maintaining a tidy, structured life.  Give up your striving to keep everything under control–an impossible task and a waste of precious energy.

My guidance for each of My children is unique.  That’s why listening to Me is so vital for your well-being.  Let me prepare you for the day that awaits you and point you in the right direction.  I am with you continually, so don’t be intimidated by fear.  Though it stalks you, it cannot harm you, as long as you cling to My hand.  Keep your eyes on Me, enjoying Peace in My Presence.” (Based upon Psalm 5; Ephesians 3:20-21; Jude 24; Joshua 3:5)

Small miracles today – companionship on a National Holiday that I always spent with Dan; even though my exhausted brain did not work well, there was help with packing; Judy walked me through paying a bill online.  God showed me that He will provide all my needs because I chose Jesus for my Firm Foundation. —  Anne

July 5, 2009 at 5:07 am Leave a comment

Adjusting to Change

Dan is safe.  I’m thankful that he is whole, free of pain.  But each day I am reminded that I must walk on without him.  It was such a strange feeling the last two days sorting through and packing our things that we  here.  We fully intended to return after 6 weeks with our family in California.  I did return 6 months later, but not with Dan.

Sorting through his things, I came upon a small plaque that reads, “The footsteps of a righteous man are guided by the Lord.”  That was talking about my Dan.  Suddenly, I felt ill – a physical pain.  Then the tears and sobs began to pour forth from me.  It seemed to me that he should be there somewhere.  Why was I having to do this without him?

But I was not alone.   Three godly women who had lost a husband were with me.  They packed everything!   One of them asked her fine 2nd husband if he would take the boxes to FedEx.  He could have been taking it easy, but he changed his plans, took about 15 heavy boxes to FedEx. 

He stayed with me through the long, drawn out process of weighing, addressing labels to Romania (for my things), to Searcy (for things for the container going to the Sfantu G Red Cross), to California (our mission, counseling and business records that I have to sort through).  God put these intentional followers of Christ in my life for such a time as this.

I am staying with Judy N. for the next 3 days.  After being on an LST team together in ’07, we are very close.  She had invited us to stay with her when Dan was ill, but it never worked out.  Now she is providing me with shelter.

God let Dan go Home, but He is filling my life with loving friends who see to my every need while I am going through this challenging process…sorting, discarding, shredding, packing, shipping…and remembering the man who helped me walk closer with the Lord.    God is good.  — Anne

July 4, 2009 at 4:40 am Leave a comment

Too Much to Do, but God Keeps Helping

This was a “too full day.”  However, it was full of blessings too.  God blessed me with a good Skype study in Romania. God sent Charla and Tom v H to help me with sorting through a room full of things we left at Paul & Melissa’s. Friday a.m., Nancy and Rosemarie will help me pack them in boxes for shipping to CA, and Romania.  Are we having fun yet?

Seeing special things of Dan’s is painful, but God is helping me deal with it.  

I’m falling asleep even as I type.  God continues to send very special friends who are intentional followers of Jesus to help me.  There are little miracles every day.  Today, Tom thought, “I want to talk to Anne.”  He called Judy thinking I was there.  She told him I was sorting and packing things for shipping.  He immediately called to offer his help.  It is absolutely amazing how many people change their schedule so they can help me.  

The word God gave me tonight is very encouraging.  “…I will make a righteous branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land….This is the name by which he will be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.”  Jeremiah 13: 15,16. — Anne

Supporters provided Easy to Read Hungarian New Testaments which tell about the Branch that sprouted out of David's line.  Asked to write something in the New Testaments, I wrote, "May the reading of this Book bless you."
Supporters provided Easy to Read Hungarian New Testaments which tell about the Branch that sprouted out of David’s line. Asked to write something in the New Testaments, I wrote, “May the reading of this Book bless you.”  And it has!  

Using a cloud by day, God guided the Israelites through the wilderness.  Today He guides us with His Word, The Bible.

Using a cloud by day, God guided the Israelites through the wilderness. Today He guides us with His Word, The Bible.

July 3, 2009 at 5:02 am Leave a comment

A Day Full of Blessings

What a blessing to discover that there were only 6 boxes in the storage unit!  A new friend is going to shred the contents of 5 boxes.  I only have to keep 1 box.  Thursday afternoon, Charla, a friend of 9 years is going to help me pack the things we left at Paul & Melissa’s.  Friday, if there is anything left to do, Nancy will help me with packing.  God is surrounding me with loving intentional followers of Jesus who provide everything I need.

Tommy, Nancy and Tracy took me to dinner tonight.  They were so kind…they let me talk and talk about the work God gave me to do in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania.  Tommy’s mother and father helped Dan and me through some challenging times in our lives 40 years ago.  This family loves and helps people because Jesus loves and helps people.

Tonight, God gave me words of Jesus found in Matthew 10:28-42.  All of those verses talk about my life in particular.

Our Supporters Bless the Children in Ghana, West Africa

Our Supporters Bless the Children in Ghana, West Africa

Maybe you will look them up in your Bible.  These stand out about the people who are helping me —  “…anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me…..if anyone gives a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”  Matthew 10: 38 – 42.  These six verses talk about people like the ones God is sending to help me.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  — Anne

 

Our Supporters Blessed This Family in Romania with "Let's Start Talking."

Our Supporters Blessed This Family in Romania with "Let's Start Talking."

July 2, 2009 at 5:06 am Leave a comment

The Beginning of the End

Today, our eldest son and his sweet wife drove my sister and me back to Texas.  We kept our promise to bury Dan’s ashes in the simple country cemetery in the plains of Southwest Oklahoma.  I still have difficulty grasping the fact that Dan is truly gone from this earth…nothing is left.  But is that true?

Think about it.  What is left?  There is much more left on this earth besides his ashes.  There are hundreds who have the Bible as their Guide, and Jesus as their Lord because Dan cared enough to help them understand God’s will for their life.  There are hundreds of solid marriages because couples came to Dan for Godly counseling.  There are now countless intentional followers of Christ who have studied the great books from his personal library that Dan donated to Ghana Bible College.  

Dan helped establish Lake Cisco Christian Camp in Texas, and Camp Manatawny in Pennsylvania to bless children.  These camps are still going strong.  The Bible Chair where students study God’s Word for College credit at Cisco Junior College is still in operation.  Thousands of Christians in Ghana (W. Africa) can say “thank you” to Dan for helping  The Cedars Church began the work there of presenting the Word of God to the nation of Ghana.

It would be easy to list many more things.  But God knows what Dan accomplished.  That is all that matters. Dan’s labor is finished, but his influence will go on and on passing from generation to generation like the quiet ripples in a lake .  His name will one day be forgotten, but his positive influence for God will go on and on.

And, what about me?  Wednesday we begin sorting what Dan put in storage.  Boxes of business papers must be shredded, and, frankly, I don’t remember what else Dan put in that storage room.  But it must be disposed of one way or the other.  Thursday, I hope to be able to sort and pack things we left at Melissa and Paul’s house.  Some boxes go to Romania, some to California.  This cannot be a time of rest.  This work has to be accomplished before I return to California next Tuesday.

God will help.  How do I know?  Tonight, He gave me this message from His Word in Matthew 8:26,  “Jesus said, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”  He can calm the storms in the winds and sea…and He will calm the storms in our heart if we but turn to Him. — Anne

July 1, 2009 at 4:53 am Leave a comment

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