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April 25, 2006

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Thanks be to God for small mercies - support in afflictions - for they are indeed wonderful signs of the presence of Him who sends them! The parable of the talents may seem amiss at this juncture, and I had the hardest time justifying the message it contains for many years until I discovered hopeless causes hide deep treasures within if we'd only recognize their value, rather than burying them. Note the parable is situated immediately before the Lords' promise of Last Things so beloved of Mother Theresa:
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink"
Those who care for loved ones with Alzheimers are indeed good and faithful stewards of the precious gift of eternal life. Mr Hand and his family and nurses obviously recognize that while Jeremy can't express all his talents, the one or two (eyes open, lips kissing) he has are to be treasured and cultivated for all their worth!! So sad that others fall prey to the "bury the talent in the field" fallacy, and have their loved one taken from them prematurely.

I pray that at-home and hospice care is promoted wherever possible and that the threat of the "futile care" lobbies in medical care facilities are challenged in the courts, so that cases like Andrea Clark's don't become accepted practice (more details at thread at
amywelborn.typepad.com/openbook/2006/04/the_case_of_and.html)

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Matthew 25: 14-30, 35
"It will be as when a man who was going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; 8 to another, two; to a third, one--to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five.
Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master's money.
After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, 'Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.'
(Then) the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, 'Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.'
Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, 'Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.' His master said to him in reply, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.
For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'"
and then
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink"

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