The Queen B (6/2/1940-12/1/2018)

I wrote this blog after seeing my birth Mom, Betty Jean Padgett back in July of 2017.
It was the last time I would ever see her…

Betty Jean passed away this evening, surrounded by her loving husband Doug, son Doug Jr., daughters Laura and Ellen.
I was privileged and honored to know and love Betty Jean and the whole family, all of  whom received me into the fold as a true family member with all of its rights and privileges just twelve years ago…
I love you Betty Jean! I will miss you!
We will see each other again, and together we will once again… Dance!
David!

 

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The Queen B sits on her throne, a rocking chair from Cracker Barrel.

Her reign covers towns with names like Gloucester, Mathews, West Point, Ware Neck, Gwynn Island, Urbanna, and Saluda.

Her reign reaches out to bodies of waters with names like Chesapeake, Rappahannock, Mobjack, and York.

From the Commonwealth of Virginia down to the Sunshine State called Florida, so has the train of her regal robe traveled.

The Queen B is married to King Doug, better known in the royal family as Senior.
The King’s thick Virginia accent is soothing to the ears as the phrase, “We are going about the house” would be pronounced, “We are going aboat the hoase.”

The royal family consists of two Princes and two Princesses, an equal balance of beauty, brawn, brains, love, and loyalty.

Prince Doug, commonly called Junior.
Princess Laura.
Prince David
Princess Ellen, the Baby Sis.

Three of the Royal Children share the Queen B and King Doug’s full DNA genealogy, with Prince David only sharing the Queen B’s genes as a traveling Court Jester made his way through the kingdom during the difficult Civil War of 1962-1963. With Prince David’s striking resemblance, the family has teased the Queen B that perhaps the traveling Court Jester was actually the King of Rock N Roll in disguise…

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Like a bridge over troubled water…

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Can you picture it in your mind?

Art Garfunkel, high forehead, wild and wiry hair stretching in all directions, sitting on the piano bench, maybe he’s wearing jeans, donning a wide blue and white striped crew neck shirt, his hands ever so gently placed on the well-worn keys. He leans forward ever so slightly and begins to play the intro to the song you have heard a million times. You pause from whatever you are doing and your mind halts, shifts gears and takes you back however many years it is to the place where you first heard this song. Your heartbeat slows, your blood pressure lowers, and in a bizarre and peculiar way time stands still for just a nanosecond right as the intro comes to a close and you hear Art Garfunkel breathe out the words ever so softly and yet powerfully which you know by heart –

“When you’re weary, feeling small”…
You know this song by heart. Imperceptibly your mind gauges if there is anyone nearby, hoping and yearning for the opportunity to let these words become your own in song, out loud, allowing your heart to just “let it out, loud and proud!”

“When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all
I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can’t be found”

And now comes the tagline… the line you have been patiently waiting for, the line you have used in context and out of context for the last forty-eight years, five months and twenty-eight days…
“Like a bridge over troubled water”
Not just any bridge. Not just some bridge. Not an “other” bridge. No. Heavens no!
YOU are the bridge. You were the bridge. And… You will always be the bridge! Not a passive bridge, but rather an active, living, breathing bridge that spans the troubled waters, not confined to geographical boundaries or borders… No! Wherever you are, you are the BRIDGE that will lay down…over the troubled water.
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down…

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Extra, Extra, Extra Onions

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My first “paycheck” job was at the hamburger restaurant chain “Carl’s Jr.” founded by Cark Karcher back in the 1940’s (originally a Hot Dog stand), in Los Angeles.

It was the summer after my junior year in high school and there I was putting frozen hamburgers on the grill, submerging French fries into 48,000 degree grease, making burgers, running a cash register, cleaning the dining area. I had it going on! All the while wearing my ultra-cool “brown and orange” polyester uniform with the classic Carl’s Jr. hat.

One day, my friend Fred and I were in charge of making the hamburgers. The order came back, “Famous Star (name of one of the hamburgers), with extra, extra, extra onions!”

I asked the cashier, “Extra, extra, extra onions?” She vigorously nodded her head in the affirmative. I looked at Fred. Fred looked at me. No words needed to be exchanged. We were going to give this lady, EXTRA, EXTRA, EXTRA ONIONS!

And so we did… I bet we piled ten to twelve rings of large raw onions on this lady’s hamburger. The burger was “stacked” with the extra onions. We could barely get the wrapping around the burger it was piled so high.

We wrapped the burger, placed it on the tray along with the large fries and medium drink.

We looked on with a great deal of satisfaction as the lady who ordered extra, extra, extra onions picked up her tray and headed to the dining room.

About five minutes lady, the “extra, extra, extra onions” lady appeared at the counter with her “half-eaten” sandwich laying on the wide-open wrapper with a very discouraging and yet sheepish smile on her face. I asked her, “May I help you?”

Her reply made me and Fred laugh out loud…

“You forgot the hamburger!”

And sure enough… we had forgotten to place the hamburger on the bun!

What made Fred and I laugh even more was this lady had eaten half her sandwich before she realized there was no burger!

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How’s your day going so far today?

I am just wondering… are you so focused on the “onions’ of life, the “extras” of life, the “condiments” of life that you have forgotten to feast on the burger (the main thing) of life?

Happens to me all the time!

There’s an old saying, “Keep the main thing, the main thing.” Easier said than done.

I don’t know what the main thing is for you, but for me, it is “seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Matthew 6: 33) and “loving one another.” (John 13. 34).

When I start focusing on all the “EXTRA, EXTRA, EXTRAS”, that is when I miss out on the burger of life and end up having nothing but a mouthful of bad breath…

Enjoy your burger today…

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

www.daviddendy.com

 

 

Rest

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It’s the first Thursday of June!!

Do you remember how God made the world in six days?

Day 1: The heavens, the earth, light and darkness.
Day 2: Heaven
Day 3: Dry land, the seas, and vegetation.
Day 4: The sun, the moon and the stars.
Day 5: Living creatures in the water, birds in the air.
Day 6: Land animals and people.

Do you remember what God did on Day 7?
I’ll type it in here for you…
“So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2: 3)

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Compare

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Have you ever thought about the meaning of the word  “Compare.”
Here’s the definition….

com·pare
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verb
1. estimate, measure, or note the similarity or dissimilarity between.

“individual schools compared their facilities with those of others in the area”

synonyms: contrast, juxtapose, collate, differentiate

“we compared the data sets”

 

If you didn’t know the exact definition as defined by the dictionary, you most certainly have felt its impact.
When we come out on “top”, comparison can feel great!
When we come out on the “short end of the stick”, comparison can sting worse than a hornet!

Have you dealt with being “compared” to some thing or some one lately?
Me too…

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Happy Birthday!

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We celebrated my daughter Faith’s thirteenth birthday yesterday. Actually, we have been celebrating all weekend the fact our little girl is now a “TEENAGER!!”

As we sang, as we blew out candles, as we watched her face beam as she opened presents, the question arose in my mind, “Why do we celebrate birthdays?”

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…

This question really fascinated me.
It seemed so simple and yet the question itself took me down lots of roads, highways and byways…

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On being connected

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Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

On being connected………….

In our modern iPhone, Galaxy, Samsung, Android, Google Pixel, Twitter, Computer Gaming, Facebook, texting and Instagram driven technological world, we as a people have never communicated more than at any other time in the rest of human history combined.

Just walk around the mall, the Outlets, the Casinos, or even down on The Strip. People’s posture is horrendous as we are bent over at some awkward angle with our hand or hands firmly gripped on our smart phones while checking email, the news, gaming, Twitter, Facebook and every other type of social media.

Communication is at an all-time high!!
Connectivity is at an all-time low…

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Why?

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“Why?”

 This strange yet sterling star leads the Wise Men every step of the way.

They are traveling from the East.
Bethlehem would appear first.

And yet, the star bypasses Bethlehem and leads them to Jerusalem to meet the jealous and insecure King Herod first.

I only have one question…

Why?
Why would the Star lead the Wise Men to the bad guy first?
Why would such leading lead to such destruction?
Why would the “roundabout way” be “the way” to the newborn king?

Forgive me.
I guess I really had four questions…

I only have one answer…
I don’t know.

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
Merry Christmas!
David!

www.daviddendy.com

daviddendy@daviddendy.com

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey…
They’re calling you Harvey as you blow your breath up to 160 miles an hour. Your arms gather the seas and with one swing of your limbs you surge the sea six to twelve feet. You threatened to hit the shoreline with your “eye wall” for hours on end and then you did, obliterating everything in your path.

They’re calling you Harvey…
But you are a multi-personality monster…
I know you by the name of “Divorce”. Three times this week I talk with victims of your destruction as your storm surge have broken up marriages and families..
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