Merry Christmas

   I haven’t “Quit” this blog writing interest of mine, life has just thrown a few curve balls lately that have consumed my thoughts and my time. These curve balls of life have really hit me lately, causing a flooded mind, flooded with thankfulness. 

  I am currently on the winning end battle from a very scary time with the Chinese Virus, and now Covid Pneumonia. 

   I have had numerous doctors appointments, some good, and some very disappointing, but still continuing to look for pain management options. 

   Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer just a while back, had surgery and has now completed radiation treatments. Mom’s surgery went very well, I am thankful for the Doctors words “If you had to choose a cancer to have, this would be the one” I am so thankful for that . I could write more about these days, and will at some point. The testimony of thankfulness that Mom has, and broadcasts to everyone as she goes through this is amazing, she loves life, Loves God, and it shows in her fruits. So thankful for this dear lady that God has blessed me with being her son. Mom chooses to be happy, and will not let Satan steal that from her. 

   A few days after Mom started radiation, Dad (being a “Scrapper”) was cutting the top out of a 55 gallon drum but had forgotten to remove the bungs, causing the barrel to explode. The saw he was using and the exploding drum hit Dad in the chest and face. Bringing me to more overwhelming thankfulness. Different ones in Mom and Dad’s small town, some probably around 2 miles away heard the massive explosion. I was terrified when I answered the phone to my shaken Mother giving me the details as she was following an ambulance taking Dad to the hospital.

Overwhelming thankfulness as Doctors and Nurses gave reports of no broken bones, or internal injuries. Even they were shocked and puzzled that the intense blunt force trauma did not take his life, let alone not break anything. As we sat in hospitals waiting for Dad to have surgery to fix his tongue that he bit through from being hit under the chin (and didn’t even have his teeth in), we kinda joked with thankfulness about Dad being the toughest guy we know. Several hospital trips and a stay-over in the hospital, Dad is home with the black, blue, and orange bruises everywhere as he lacks sleep from overwhelming pain while his body heals. 

   Before leaving Dad at the hospital the night this happened, I told Dad that I was thankful he was in the hospital and in pain. I am so thankful that God had put his hand between Dad and the barrel, there is no other explanation. I was so thankful for him being here in pain, thankful we were not broken-hearted planning a tragic funeral. 

   Sara being an LPN in this crazy pandemic stricken world had received an email stating get the jab, or lose your job. Sara has a pre diagnosed health problem that could be very life threatening with possible problems known from the vaccine. We have also done enough research to know that we do not support things used in creating these vaccines and we will not permit them being injected into our bodies.

Everyone has a choice, I would not demand anyone not to get the vaccine, or demand that they get it, just that our personal belief is against getting it. I do not believe anything should be forced, scaring people to take or do something that is so questionable and unknown. Everyone has their own beliefs and should not be forced to sway from them for any reason, especially an unproven, possibly harmful one. Everyone’s beliefs can be different, and for as long as I can remember Governments have fought to protect one’s beliefs, and the right to live and work even if different from everyone else. So why is this so different now? I read articles, ones from here in PA where the Governor is offering money and forgiveness of student loans to those in, or going into the medical field because of the fading medical care with being overly short staffed. But yet if your beliefs or even just your comfort level differ on a rushed record breaking vaccine release, you’re fired…… makes no sense to me. 

    I am thankful for Sara’s unwavering steadfast trust in God that he will provide for us, even knowing that if she did not comply we could lose everything we now have in our “starting over” after giving up almost everything due to my medical problems. But she held fast, honestly, openly, and prayerfully filled out her medical exemption paperwork. Honestly, openly, and prayerfully filled out her religious exemption paperwork. After submitting everything, Satan would still try to show his ugly head, and try to swiftly put his thoughts of worry into our minds. But our God is bigger than any problem that scumbag can throw at us. Sara held firm, stuck to what she believes and God blessed us with an email saying “Approved” PRAISE GOD!! So thankful for my hardworking, God trusting bride of 22 years.   

   So hang in there, look at everything we have to be thankful for. Even if in a questionable fear driven world. Even in rough patches, look for the blessing, it’s there, it’s in every situation.  

Live life, it can change in the blink of an eye.      

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Tim Gallaher

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Luke 2:8-14 ESV

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