Update September 3 “Abundant Life”

John 10:10

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.[1]

I am beginning to feel a little better, but I am somewhat disappointed that that the healing process is going slower that I thought it would.  I am able to take small drinks of water and small amounts of liquid or soft food. Both of my doctors last week told me that I am in a marathon right now and it could take up to six months before I could get rid of the feeding tube.

My Bible study today in James 5:7-11 reminded me that I need to have patience and remain steadfast with compassion and mercy.

I was hoping to travel this past weekend to see our grandson play football and spend time with my mother.  I was unable to accomplish either of those.  I have had to get IV fluids every day since last Thursday, as I am unable to get enough liquids down me to combat dehydration.

I was able to attend the celebration service for Roy Savage and what a wonderful tribute his family shared. Greg did such a wonderful job of preaching and Tyler led us in worship that brought us into the presence of the Lord. The testimonies of the family were outstanding.   I was overwhelmed when I saw some of my favorite pastors, leaders and friends in Kansas.  The words of encouragement were much appreciated.  Three of those were Roy Moody, Bob Mills and Randy Cadell.  All three of these men have invested a lot time, energy and prayer into my life.  I would not of been able to serve as a director of missions without their input and their encouragement.

We live in a broken world full of sickness and disease.  We all agree that death entered into this world because of sin.  That does not mean that my personal sin caused my cancer. It does mean that living in this world brings with it the inevitable reality that we will all die.   The word cancer is so scary because it brings death to a lot of its victims. Along side of cancer comes nasty treatment that burns away and poisons those cancer cells with violence that makes the body yearn for better days.

Jesus gives us a promise of abundant life.   Satan wants to destroy and separate us from the glory of God.  Jesus wants us to have eternal life.  So, in the midst of a broken world I can live an abundant life because I have the promise of eternal life.

In spite of difficult circumstances I can claim that promise as one who has received God’s wonderful gift of grace through his son Jesus Christ.

[1]The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Jn 10:10). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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