Gratitude

On October 26, 2012, I suffered a cerebral hemorrhage from a burst aneurysm.  This is my first effort to express my thankfulness to God before my fellow men for sparing my life.

God,
realizing
all
the
interesting
things
undone,
delayed
eternity.

Thank you Lord Jesus.  Amen 

Betty Killebrew

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Stop the World

There have been times when I have gone around singing the song that goes, “Stop the world; I want to get off of it.”  On October 26 of this year (2012) it actually happened to me.

On October 25, I finally received approval for the last of some advertising articles I had contracted to do. I had been working for weeks on the project, a series of 30 unique articles to be posted on the internet for someone who lives a state away and whom I have never met. He proved to be an exacting taskmaster with strict rules regarding the titles, information in the first couple of lines of each article and general formatting.  My source material for quotes and for accuracy was a 10,000 word booklet written by the client, far too little information for thirty articles. The project ended up taking more than a hundred hours worked in over several weeks time during evenings and weekends as I continued my full time job and other responsibilities.

During that time, I also formatted and edited a book for another client and continued to keep up daily entries to my website, www.trovemagazine.com and to the website where I began my internet career, www.inspirationalarchive.com The website entries included my daily columns in “Through the Bible with Betty” and an article and/or a poem daily.

So there I was almost at the end of a hard couple of months, during which I ignored a number of signs that I was not well, when I awoke on October 26.  I washed my hair, and then went down the hall for breakfast.  I had eaten half an English muffin, interspersing bites with my many daily pills swallowed with ice water and sips of hot coffee, before my head exploded with pain, seeming to spread from my neck to my forehead and then throughout my skull.  I communicated the pain to my husband by a gasp and by the hands I held to my head as if to hold it together. Almost immediately I said, “I’m in trouble.”

My husband led me to the living room and told me to lie down.  I couldn’t stand it.  I sat back up.  He suggested I go to the hospital. I wanted to do something about my wet hair first.  I walked alone down the hall; but once in the bedroom, I could not stand up.  I sat down on the bed.  A pain ripped through me like pulsating lightning from the base of my neck all the way to my tail bone.  I asked my husband to call 911. He said, “Don’t you think you can ride in the car.”  I had him hand me my bathrobe and help me into it and he led me to the car. He may well have saved my life by getting me to the hospital more quickly than it would have taken had we waited for an ambulance. 

During the five minute drive I held my head firmly, pressing it against the head rest to prevent movement.

At the hospital they took me right in. After a few questions a doctor came in and ordered a CAT scan.   I had a burst aneurysm and two other aneurysms as well.  The area between the tissue surrounding my brain and my skull was suffused with blood.  They told me I would be transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis by helicopter. The next hour was a blur, but I was a little closer to consciousness when the helicopter arrived.  By then, all my family who lived locally—two brothers, a sister, two sons, a daughter-in-law, beloved ex-daughter-in-law and three grandchildren had gathered to see me off.  I spoke to the children because I could see them turning away from me, obviously disturbed. With my hair a mess and all the tubes, etc. I must have been a scary sight.

I was awake during the helicopter ride over the familiar country between my home town and our capital city—approximately 95 to a hundred miles, accomplished in about twenty minutes by helicopter.

The helicopter landed on the roof of the hospital and I was taken to the Neurological unit.  By 1:00 that day I was in surgery. Much like the heart catheterization procedure, they went through my groin and threaded the way to my brain to the site of the aneurysm and placed a coil in it to cause the blood to clot.  Unfortunately, the other two aneurysms could not be dealt with at the time.  They remain to be faced after I recover from the one that burst.

I spent 13 days in Neurological Critical Care and two more in the stroke ward before coming home at last.  More than two weeks have passed since then.  Today it is one month since the big event. I was forced to resign my job because of the uncertainty of when I would recover.  I will probably not be able to face the stress of free-lance work for a while. I have gone from a person with a full life and income to one who is barely able to putter around.

I cannot believe the weakness and fatigue I feel.  However, I have been on the computer a few times and I have now written this article.  I want you to know that I will be back.  Someday there will be daily additions to www.trovemagazine.com once more.  I hope you will show up to read what I write. I also hope you will be kind enough to join me in thanking God for my life.

Betty Killebrew

P.S.  I just happened to look at a mirror and I realize I did not mention my extreme light sensitivity.  I have written this article while wearing wraparound sunglasses, even though I adjusted the settings on my computer to dim the display.  You would certainly smile—or laugh—if you could see me.

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A Prayer for Bringing Families Together

“Father, please bring families together. Sometimes it seems that there’s a spiritual attack on the bond between husbands and wives, and the family unit in general. — Please cancel every assignment of the enemy, and allow love to prevail.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen”

By: Joanne Major Butler

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A Mother’s Prize

As I am living in my final days,
I don’t desire laurels or flowers or praise;
I’ve already been blessed with the prize that I sought
That with gold or silver or pearls can’t be bought;
The legacy I leave is my children now grown
Who are happy and strong and can stand on their own.

By Betty Killebrew
May 4, 2009

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Leviticus 2, vs. 11-15 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.)

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No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the Lord, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the Lord made by fire.

12 As for the oblation of the firstfruits, ye shall offer them unto the Lord: but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour.

13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.

14 And if thou offer a meat offering of thy firstfruits unto the Lord, thou shalt offer for the meat offering of thy firstfruits green ears of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears.

15 And thou shalt put oil upon it, and lay frankincense thereon: it is a meat offering:

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

In today’s reading we learned that the Lord’s instructions are that none of the “meat” offerings be leaven.  Just as in the time of the Passover, all the burnt offerings are to be free of leaven. We now also learn that honey is also to be eschewed in the burnt offerings.

The Lord also instructs that the firstfruits that are to be offered to the Lord must not be used as burnt offerings.  Although still referred to as a “meat” offering the firstfruits are ordered to be “green ears of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears.”

I may be in error, but it seems that this means the firstfruits are grain and that the fact that it says “even corn” may well mean those perfectly formed without blemish.  As in many cases in the Lord’s instructions to the Israelites, this would protect from the introduction of any blemished or diseased corn when the “firstfruits” were sacrificed.

It is even possible—at least in my mind—that having such “firstfruits” on hand might serve as a repository of healthy seed if the crops were to become contaminated by disease.  This would depend, of course, on whether the priests kept a store of such “firstfruits” and did not immediately make use of the grain.  Perhaps somewhere later we will learn more about the use of the “firstfruits.”

Betty Killebrew

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Leviticus 2, vs. 1-10 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.

2 And when any will offer a meat offering unto the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon: 2 And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord: 3 And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons': it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the Lord made by fire. 4 And if thou bring an oblation of a meat offering baken in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil.

5 And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in a pan, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mingled with oil.

6 Thou shalt part it in pieces, and pour oil thereon: it is a meat offering.

7 And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in the fryingpan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil.

8 And thou shalt bring the meat offering that is made of these things unto the Lord: and when it is presented unto the priest, he shall bring it unto the altar.

9 And the priest shall take from the meat offering a memorial thereof, and shall burn it upon the altar: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.

10 And that which is left of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons': it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the Lord made by fire.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Today’s reading, the first 10 verses of Leviticus 2 describe what is known as the “meat offering” but it is not what we describe as “meat” today. It is apparently fine flour or breads or pastries made of fine flour. We learn in the reading that after a burnt offering is burn upon the altar to the Lord, producing once more a “sweet savour unto the LORD” , the remainder is to be for Aaron and his sons, the priests of the tabernacle.

It is clear to me that the Lord, in order to insure a fair priesthood for all of the people, has made Aaron and his sons the co-recipient of all gifts given by all by all the people. As the priests receive a portion of that offered to the Lord by everyone, they are beholden to no single one of the people and can thus be impartial.

Betty Killebrew

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Leviticus 1, vs. 7-17 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.)

7 And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire:

8 And the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar:

9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.

10 And if his offering be of the flocks, namely, of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt sacrifice; he shall bring it a male without blemish.

11 And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward before the Lord: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall sprinkle his blood round about upon the altar.

12 And he shall cut it into his pieces, with his head and his fat: and the priest shall lay them in order on the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar:

13 But he shall wash the inwards and the legs with water: and the priest shall bring it all, and burn it upon the altar: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.

14 And if the burnt sacrifice for his offering to the Lord be of fowls, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves, or of young pigeons.

15 And the priest shall bring it unto the altar, and wring off his head, and burn it on the altar; and the blood thereof shall be wrung out at the side of the altar:

16 And he shall pluck away his crop with his feathers, and cast it beside the altar on the east part, by the place of the ashes:

17 And he shall cleave it with the wings thereof, but shall not divide it asunder: and the priest shall burn it upon the altar, upon the wood that is upon the fire: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Leviticus 1, vs. 7-17, today’s reading, gives instructions for the preparation of burnt offerings, both that of the flocks (sheep or goats) or of foul. Some of the instructions refer to cleanliness and to the disposal of the parts that ordinarily are not cooked—such as the feathers of fowl.

The most interesting phrase is the last one of the chapter—“it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.” I’m sure if we were to smell the odor of fine, fresh young sheep or goat or of fowl cooking on the altar, we would also find the odor to be a sweet savour.  For the Israelites to donate this fine food as a burnt offering which they could then smell as it was burned upon the altar was a sure sign of their fidelity.  It was also the sign of a prosperous people whom the Lord led so that they were able to afford such sacrifices.

Betty Killebrew

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Leviticus 1, vs. 1-6 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.)

And the Lord called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,

2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the Lord, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock.

3 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord.

4 And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

5 And he shall kill the bullock before the Lord: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

6 And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces.

My Thoughts:

I love the beginning of Leviticus, Chapter 1. It says the Lord spoke to Moses and “out of the tabernacle of the congregation”.  Isn’t it wonderful to consider that the Lord was a presence right there in the tabernacle and that he could summon Moses and speak to him at will?

The subject on the Lord’s mind at this time was the offerings from the men of Israel.  The Lord instructs Moses on the qualities required for a burnt sacrifice of the herd–a male without blemish: offered voluntarily at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord.  The Lord also tells him that he who brings the offering shall “put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.”

The one offering the sacrifice must then kill the animal, whereupon the priests would sprinkle the blood around the altar.

Betty Killebrew

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Exodus 40, vs. 31-38 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.)

 31 And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet thereat:

32 When they went into the tent of the congregation, and when they came near unto the altar, they washed; as the Lord commanded Moses.

33 And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.

34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:

37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.

38 For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

 My Thoughts:

After the tabernacle was reared up, Aaron and his sons washed their hands and feet and went into the tent.  When they were near the altar, they washed according to the commandments of the Lord.

Afterward Moses himself could not enter for a cloud covered the tent of the congregation.  From then on, with the tabernacle complete, whenever the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle, there was a cloud by day and a fire by night.  When the Lord was present in sight of all of the house of Israel, the Israelites stayed put, but when the cloud was taken off they continued in their journeys.

If you are reading this, you probably believe in the presence of the Lord, but this PHYSICALLY visible presence of the Lord was something the Israelites experienced that we cannot.  What a glorious thing that must have been.

Note to my readers:  This entry marks an important moment in my life.  When I wrote this last entry for Exodus, it was necessary to download Leviticus from the internet in order to be able to read it and have it in front of me to write a little bit about my thoughts for this daily column.  I downloaded all of Leviticus, chapter by chapter; and that took a while. It was very late when I finished so I decided I would resume writing the following day.

Ever since I began this column, I had worked several weeks in advance in order to cover any emergency period when I couldn’t write.  This item was scheduled to be posted on November 19.  The day after I wrote it, on the morning of October 26, 2012 I suffered a burst cerebral aneurysm.

  I enlisted someone to post the material I had already written but it did not get completely done.  Now I am finally able to write again.  I don’t know if I’ll manage a column a day, but this column will continue and God willing I will grow stronger and get back on schedule.

Betty Killebrew

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Exodus 40, vs. 16-31 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.) 

16 Thus did Moses: according to all that the Lord commanded him, so did he.

17 And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up.

18 And Moses reared up the tabernacle, and fastened his sockets, and set up the boards thereof, and put in the bars thereof, and reared up his pillars.

19 And he spread abroad the tent over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tent above upon it; as the Lord commanded Moses.

20 And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above upon the ark:

21 And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the vail of the covering, and covered the ark of the testimony; as the Lord commanded Moses.

22 And he put the table in the tent of the congregation, upon the side of the tabernacle northward, without the vail.

23 And he set the bread in order upon it before the Lord; as the Lord had commanded Moses.

24 And he put the candlestick in the tent of the congregation, over against the table, on the side of the tabernacle southward.

25 And he lighted the lamps before the Lord; as the Lord commanded Moses.

26 And he put the golden altar in the tent of the congregation before the vail:

27 And he burnt sweet incense thereon; as the Lord commanded Moses.

28 And he set up the hanging at the door of the tabernacle.

29 And he put the altar of burnt offering by the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation, and offered upon it the burnt offering and the meat offering; as the Lord commanded Moses.

30 And he set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and put water there, to wash withal.

K.J.V. Bible Text

 My Thoughts:

As the Lord had ordered (for the making of the tabernacle and its appurtenances) so Moses did on the first month of the second year on the first day of the month Moses set up the tabernacle and its covering and set all of the needed items inside according to the instructions of the Lord.   Thus all was ready according to God’s instructions, but the priest had not yet entered.

Betty Killebrew

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