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The following story from 7-6-04:

A Mississippi woman is lucky to be alive after being picked up and nearly crushed by a garbage truck. The unnamed woman was looking for her keys Wednesday morning in a dumpster behind her Ridgeland, MS apartment complex, reports the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson. As tends to happen, the dumpster was picked up by a garbage truck, turned over and emptied into the truck’s waste compactor. The truck put the dumpster down and kept going on its rounds. A couple of miles later, someone heard screams and told the driver, who was about to start crushing the load of garbage. The woman, who complained of joint pain after climbing out of the back of the truck, was treated at a local hospital and released, according to Waste Management District Manager David Myhan. Myhan advised people who think they’ve lost something in the trash to call his company instead of diving into dumpsters. "We take this real seriously," he said. "We do not want people getting in our containers."

We will search desperately for something that is valuable to us. Whether it’s a set of keys, a lost billfold or an answer for a cure, we will seek when we need an answer.

Dr Adrian Rogers, the late pastor of Bellview Baptist Church in TN, used to have a saying that stuck with me. He stated, "Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you’re willing to pay."

(From a sermon by Terry Blankenship, "Jesus: Master Over Disease")

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