Dear sisters and brothers, I have finally managed to get into Care2 which I couldn't for a couple of days. I had my surgery, and am doing well. The surgery was later than scheduled, and took four hours to complete. When they woke me up I had a small seizure which in which I could see and hear, but I could not control my movements or speak; and I was very sick to my stomach. For this reason they kept me over night; and released me the next day after making sure that I was feeling better. Since than I have been recovering nicely, with some pain, but not to bad. My brother has to have two surgeries tomorrow, and I ask that you please pray for David. This month has been very expensive and I need prayers that David will get his birth certificate; and be accepted for Medicaid. This way he will get help for his medical problems, and his doctors appointments. He is still in the hospital and it has been a long stay, for my brother and for everyone. He still has to stay longer; but we are hoping that his stay in the hospital will be over with soon. Thank you for your prayers! God Bless, Donna
Praise God~Keeping u and Bro. David in our prayers, Donna~
These words from Jesus seem strange. What is easy - and what is light?
Even the decision to start practicing it is heavy. But once having decided, we notice that it is easy. I experienced this in a camp with political prisoners. The life ...that the prison guards arranged for us seemed one dark nightmare. But by the spiritual attitude of my friends and myself this nightmare changed completely.
Why? Because we had an amazing sense of protection around us and a conviction that all the evil intentions of the guards ultimately would only lead us closer to the heavenly kingdom.
Knocked out by cold or hunger? Threatened with death?
But aren't we serving the Lord? The fear of suffering loses all its power when a person takes up that service.
The inevitable sadness only scratches the outer cover of the soul - but can never penetrate it. There, within, is only light and joy and peace. And from there comes new strength.
And every time you are astonished you remember: Christ did promise that it would be light!
Writer for the month - Irina Ratushinskaya from Russia was imprisoned for seven years in a labor camp. She has written about her experiences in a moving book entitled Grey is the Colour of Hope published by Sceptre Books, 1989.
Thanks Nance! This is a wow! Praise the Lord!
Hello~Donna & Friends
Donna, the writer Irina is a gifted writer, indeed~~
It is one thing to be patient when things are going our way; it is another thing to be patient when we feel wronged. As C.S. Lewis stated, “Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying us at the moment.” We show our true wisdom when we are faced with offense. Can we overlook the faults of others – even when it hurts?
The news about Jesus spread all over Syria. And people brought all the sick people to Jesus. These sick people were suffering from different kinds of diseases and pain. Some people were suffering with very bad ...pain, some people had demons inside them, some people were epileptics, and some people were paralyzed (crippled). Jesus healed all these people. — Matthew 4:24 (New King James Version)
Jesus healed them all! He could handle any kind of pain. He could handle any kind of person. He could meet any kind of need. He could overthrow any kind of oppression. No wonder people heard about him from all over the region. In an old hymn, Christians sing about Jesus, who "knows all about our struggles," who is a friend like no other -- he not only cares about our pain, he also ministers to it. So what struggle, hurt, pain, challenge, or illness do we refuse to share with him?