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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mac, Printer, Prayer

Three hours of frustration cut into my afternoon. The other day our Mac store upgraded Gloria’s Leopard computer to a snow leopard. Today, her upgraded computer wouldn’t talk to her printer. I called the Mac store. The technician said he couldn’t fix the problem, and we should call Applecare. We did. After quite awhile, the Applecare technician said Applecare could not fix the problem. We would have to call Epson. When I called Epson, I received about ten digits to call, but when I called, I heard nothing.

Back to the Mac store. This time the technician gave me a special number to reach Epson. It worked. The call was routed through California to the Philippines, where a knowledgeable female technician walked us through the process of introducing the printer to the computer. At the end of the third hour, the printer was working.

Whew! I’m glad prayer works efficiently. When we pray, we don’t have to contact Michael the Archangel and then get bounced to Gabriel and then get connected to a cherub in charge of celestial communications. Praying is so simple. We simply voice our concerns and requests to God Himself in the name of Jesus. God instructs: “Call to Me, and I will answer you” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Another good thing about prayer: no serial number required!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Niagara Falls

My son-in-law Brad accompanied me to Niagara Falls last week. It was his first visit there. I grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, about 10 miles from the Falls. I had almost forgotten how beautiful and lush the Niagara region is, especially on the Canadian side. Parks and lawns are manicured and graced by an abundance of multi-colored flowers. Numerous fruit stands along the Niagara Parkway testify to the health and vigor of the orchards and vineyards that flank the road.

The region has changed in some respects. Niagara Falls is much more commercial than it was in my youth, and it costs $13 now to park within walking distance of the Falls, whereas parking used to be free. When I was a kid, the cost to cross the Rainbow Bridge from Canada to the U.SA. was 25 cents for car and driver and 10 cents for each passenger. Today it is a flat toll of $3.25. However, one fee remains the same after all these years. It still costs only 5 cents to ride the carousel at Port Dalhousie, Ontario.

The purpose of the trip to Niagara was to visit my brothers. My older brother, who lives on the American side of the Falls, is battling cancer, but is maintaining a good attitude and reliance on the Lord for daily strength. My younger brother lives on the Canadian side of the Falls and is in good health. My son-in-law and I played golf with him at Thundering Waters, Niagara Falls, Ontario, and at Niagara on the Lake, Ontario.

Life moves along quickly and change is inevitable, but the Giver of life does not change (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). His grace flows even more abundantly than the waters that cascade over the Horseshoe Falls, and that grace flows to you and me every day. If you visit the Falls, you will see a rainbow. The Bible identifies history’s first rainbow as a sign of God’s promise, and Revelation 4:3 describes a rainbow around God’s throne. Life often challenges our faith, but God’s grace and promises support us at all times.