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After serving the Ottumwa community for 42 years, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Donald Berg has decided to retire.  Berg says he’s been busy since the day he arrived in South Central Iowa back in 1975, when he took over the caseload of another surgeon Dr. Fox.  Originally drafted into the armed forces, Dr. Berg entered a special program that allowed him to get medical training – he says he’s had days where he did 40 consults in an afternoon and has operated on literally thousands of joints – while ready for retirement he says he will miss his patients and staff, including a physicians assistant who has been on his team for 32 years.  

Christmas is coming, and that means ringing bells and shiny red kettles will soon make their return to Pella store fronts.  The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign begins Thanksgiving night in Pella; it began the campaign in San Francisco in 1891, and  according to the Salvation Army continues to be their biggest fundraiser.  Sherril Graham, Pella’s Red Kettle Campaign Coordinator, said $49,224.31 was raised in Marion County last year, with bell ringers in Pella netting $15,611.32.

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What to do with a Troubled Heart
Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Psalm 25:17

There is no greater answer for our troubles than to have a conversation with our Lord. Not a one-sided conversation but truly enter a time of listening. Often, we want to share our anguish but how regularly do we want to hear feedback. This prayer takes more than sharing our troubles for it takes waiting in His presence and receiving instruction.

We all have a trusted friend we share the troubles of our heart with but what if we looked towards God as a trusted friend and confidant. He is ready to hear from us and will help us as our friend with the problems we carry.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

He calls us his friends and His desire is to sit with us in our troubles and anguish. His friendship is motivated by love for us for His very essence is love for us. When He approaches our problems, he hears them through love, so I’m not sure why we wait to carry all our difficulties to our friend.

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What trouble do you have that you can take to your friend?
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