From the Pastor's Pen
There are times in life when we have very little control over what is happening to us or our loved ones. I’ll be honest with you, I don’t like that very much! My personality prefers to have things planned out, be prepared for what is coming, have everything organized, and to have a “Plan B” in case “Plan A” doesn’t work out. When we go on vacation I have the details worked out and organized to minimize negative surprises. I like to plan ahead and be organized. So, when taking my wife to a “Doc in a Box” on a Sunday afternoon with a temperature turns into a hospital stay of over a month (and still going), I DON’T like it! That is the kind of surprise I could do without! I did not plan for this. I didn’t have a plan and I didn’t have it all organized.
· does have a plan and was not surprised by this turn of events. We can already see where He was making the preparations that I didn’t know I needed to make. If I think I’m well organized, I need to remember creation and the vast organizational skills of God. Jeremiah 29 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
· does have an army of prayer warriors available to pray for you when you so desperately need prayer. Thank you for being part of that army of prayer warriors who have been holding Carol, Melissa, and me up in prayer. James 5:16 The prayer of a righteous man (or woman) is powerful and effective.
· does have loving friends and family who will reach out to help when you most need it. Thank you to each of you for your prayers, cards, meals, and financial gifts to help us when Carol is unable to work and is out of paid time off. You have been unbelievably generous. Thank you for listening to God’s voice when He directed you to help or encourage. I thank God for each of you and the love and compassion you have shown to us. Thank you to our daughter Melissa for flying across the country to be with us for 12 days. I thank God for friends/family like Amy, Chelcie, Laurie, Charlotte, etc. for encouraging us and being there for us.
· will bring something good out of this! I know that because that’s how He works! He always does! Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (All above quotations from NIV)
Carol has made good progress in this bizarre, roller coaster ride situation. We continue to value your prayers, cards, and whatever it is that God tells you to do. He knows what we need and when we need it. Visitation of Carol is not a good option at this time, but your offers have been appreciated. Thank you again for being a fantastic “Body of Christ” church!
In Christ’s Love,
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