Saturday, February 11, 2012


Wednesday through Friday, my Beloved Husband could not breath without an oxygen mask. Without it, it was as though he were under water, seeking oxygen, gasping for breath. Friday was the worse for me, as he was so hungry and needing to eat, but could not be without the oxygen.  Let’s see, eat or breath? Hunger or drowning? Such limited choices, but breathing won out.

We also learned the difference between ‘shortness of breath’ as hospital personnel use the term and ‘shallow breathing.’  According to an emergency room doctor, BH was experiencing shortness of breath in its definitive meaning.  Shallow breathing, what I had described as shortness in my explanation to her, was not nearly as frightening, and meant that the patient could breath. 

Knowing the difference helped in understanding, though it did not change my concerns.  Education sometimes is that way.

Such as knowing what sin is. Each of us have our own idea about what sin is.  How it is defined.  What levels there are.  Which ones apply to us, and which to others.  We know when we have sinned against someone, don’t we?

David, for an excellent example, we think sinned against Bathsheba, against Uriah, brought his servants, his general, into his sin.

David, however, knew exactly, and told us:

I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee. (Psalms 41:4 KJV)
And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. (2 Samuel 12:13 KJV)

An e-Sword search with “sinned against lord” shows many others who understand that when we sin, when we go against God’s commandments, we sin against Him.  Too often, we ignore that fact.

And, we ignore the sin, too.  We hold on to it and keep it with us, when there are two commandments to let us know better.

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40 KJV)

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