For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
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2 Chronicles 15:7
When my wife and I purchased the house and property out in Churubusco New York, I really had no idea what we were getting into. As we moved into the house we suddenly realized that maintenance on the house hadn't been kept up with. What a mess! Debbie had just been diagnosed with cancer and was starting her chemotherapy so she was in a physically weakened state. My new job allowed me to work quite a bit on the house; in fact I had to go to work to get descent rest. Even though Debbie couldn't do much physically she was always there no matter what we were working on. It started with changing out the toilet, then I had to replace the kitchen faucet, then the water filter then piping throughout. All of the plumbing in the house is brand new with just one exception the bathroom sink. (I really, really don't like to do plumbing!)
Our next project was new siding and clapboard to the house addition, the sheets of barn board siding were heavy and difficult to attach as just 1 person, Debbie would screw the sheets in place as I held them. It was more of an all day wrestling match with the sheets and soon I found myself getting tired. At one point the back shed wall was sliding out off of the foundation, we had to pull the rotten wood off, reframe the wall and then pound it in place; we had to move the whole wall in by about 4 inches. Then came the clapboard which was the easy part, about 40 or 50 trips up and down the ladder. It would take almost a day to mow the lawn with the tractor, push mower and weed whacker; then there were the apple trees, maple trees and garden; we had to haul a hose out about 300 feet to water everything properly twice a day. Debbie and I did it together, we always joke that she is the brain and I am the muscle.
Winter came and along with it came the snow, so I did what anyone would do, I fired up the snow blower. Yup you guessed it, it didn't work either. I could have cried as I picked up the shovel and started shoveling this huge driveway by hand. It wasn't long when Debbie came out to join me in the fun; together we had the driveway cleared in no time. I know that Debbie doesn't like the cold so I usually shovel by myself. One day I came in and looked out back and there was Debbie making a snow angel, it made me smile so I went out and joined her and made one also. Later that night I came in after a 24 hour shift at the fire station and shoveling for about 3 hours (long and wide driveway) and the words of the Bible hit me right between the eyes.
But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!”
2 Chronicles 15:7
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