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6721 Jonestown Rd
Harrisburg, PA, 17112
United States

717-657-0614

We are a Southern Baptist Church, by affiliation.  We cooperate with, and are part of a larger denomination. East Shore Baptist Church (ESBC) is an independent church, which truly believes in God’s Word, the Bible, as the sole source of faith and practice.

Heads or Tails with Jean Harrison

After joining a group of women at church in doing an online devotional called "Good Morning Girls", where the women take a passage of Scripture and "S.O.A.P." it (Scripture-Observation-Application-Prayer) Jean found herself thinking through Scripture and it's application to life in her walks with her new puppy, Buddy. Here are some of her musings...

When the Way is Messy, Slippery, and Dangerous

Jean Harrison

This Winter season was especially difficult and fraught with perils.  For me, the danger was not driving on the slippery roads; it was the challenge of taking Buddy out to relieve himself.  Everything seemed to be slippery:  the porch steps, tire tracks made by snowfall, and all the ground alongside our big, five-townhouse driveway.

 Just getting on winter boots, coat, scarf, hat, and gloves drained energy several times a day.  So how many times did I fall outside?  Only once, praise God!  It was Sunday after church and Brian was making lunch (bless his heart :p ). Our son was upstairs skyping.  I knew freezing rain had started to fall since coming home from church, but I just thought "I'll be really careful".  Got Buddy to the first porch step and BOOM down I went.  It was quite a shock and I just lay there with Buddy waiting patiently on me.  I couldn't move.  I looked around in a stupor, and wondered how hurt I was.  Our storm door is all glass and I saw that my son had come downstairs and spied me laying on the steps.  He picked me up and helped me inside.  I had soaked up a lot of that freezing rain too. Oh yes, it was a real adventure just taking Buddy out this winter.

So was God watching when I fell?  Sure!   Nothing escapes His attention.  I had fallen inside, outside, and fell again when Buddy yanked hard on the leash and made me lose my balance.  The common denominator was Buddy:)  On the bright side, maybe God was reassuring me that my bones were still dense.

I have a picture upstairs that I love.  A print of sparrows with the words "His Eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me".  This is my all-time favorite Gospel hymn.  I first heard it sung by Ethel Waters when I was a little girl and it captured my heart then and always.

Matthew 10:29, 31 "Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin?  And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will.  Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows".