Lessons from the dentist’s chair

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Sometimes perspective comes from the strangest places. This New Year’s Eve, God brought me a lesson from one of my least favorite places (and you’ll soon see why!) – the dentist’s chair.

What spiritual lessons can be gained from the dentist’s drill? Let me give you a hint. It has to do with our reactions to suffering and a process I’ve seen happen in my life. It goes something like this…

Discomfort creates self-focus. Continued hurts turn to bitterness. Control masquerades as conviction.

Yet, embedded in our suffering, both large and small, is a path to beautiful, priceless redemption of our God—a redemption that brings healing, hope and perspective.

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Gory, gory…hallelujah!

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us a glory that outweighs them all.”  2 Corinthians 4:17

One of the hardest letters for little children to pronounce is the letter l. It is even more difficult when it is part of a consonant blend like gl.  Dropping the letter 1 makes for some funny words, like gad (for glad), gobe (for globe) or gitter (for glitter).

But my favorite is when a small child with a big smile sings loudly, “gory, gory, hallelujah!”  Continue reading

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