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James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. KJV
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. NKJV
James 1:17 Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow. NASB
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. NIV
This verse is all about change and changelessness. God is changeless, all else changes. "Nothing defines our age more than the furious and relentless increase in the rate of change," summarizes historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
For thousands of years of recorded history change came in a slow, controlled and understandable rate, now we are brutally jerked forward at warp speed whether we like it or not. This morning God says seek out the old paths where you find rest for your soul ...Jer 6:16
I thought of that recently while reading the following job description given to floor nurses by a hospital in 1887. You who are nurses and physicians will smile in disbelief.
A NURSES' DUTIES IN 1887
In addition to caring for your fifty patients, each nurse will follow these regulations:
• Daily sweep and mop the floors of your ward, dust the patient's furniture and windowsills.
• Maintain an even temperature in your ward by bringing in a scuttle of coal for the day's business.
• Light is important to observe the patient's condition. Therefore, each day fill kerosene lamps, clean chimneys, and trim wicks. Wash the windows once a week.
• The nurse's notes are important in aiding the physician's work. Make your pens carefully; you may whittle nibs to your individual t ...
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