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Tuesday Tidings May 16, 2023

Dearest Members of Bethlehem,

“Blessed is the one who considers the poor!” Psalm 41:1

Did you know that many new cars come equipped with heated seats?

The seat heater might seem like a great convenience in the dead of

winter, but it sure does raise a lot of questions.

Why was the seat heater invented? Once heated seats became an

option on our cars, how many people truly wanted them? Or, were

they installed automatically, thereby immediately raising the prices of

new cars? And, of course, isn’t the heated seat just something else to

break, wear out, and ultimately go kaput?

The seats in my first car were made from a material called vinyl. You

may have heard of it. I think vinyl might have been better, in the

sense that vinyl seats had the capacity to build character.

In the summer, vinyl seats absorbed every bit of heat from the