Being a retired pastor, my frame of reference in my last almost 50 years now, has been the Word of God, the Bible. We don’t have a local church anymore. We did in the Valley at one time. But being a pastor doesn’t go away, because I was born with it; it is just Loving People. So one of my outlets now is Facebook. Almost 10 years ago, I had a valve replacement at St. Paul’s Hospital, and everything went wrong. In the process, I got an infection which put me on dialysis as my kidneys failed; this was for three months. During that time, a good friend of mine, offered me a word of comfort from the Bible because the doctors and staff there did not think I would make it under those conditions. This friend of mine offered me this word of comfort from the scriptures and it went like this: “You shall not die, you shall live to declare the goodness of the Lord.” And guess what, within a few weeks I was sent home and eventually got off dialysis. So now I am on the internet! I have 2 kidneys which equal the strength of 1, but I am healthy and enjoying my life, even though I have disabilities. I love my family: my wife, my kids, and my eight grandkids; they are great!! I feel very happy that I have these venues to be able to share some good and encouraging memories and words from time to time. May God bless and refresh you on this day with this word for today: God Loves You all very much!
In the 60s, many years ago, there were two policemen who used to patrol the Vancouver streets in the East End, where there were many homeless, drug addicts, prostitutes, and many people who had fallen through the cracks. One of the policemen was a regular family man, married, and with three young teenagers at home. Many times he would pass by the soup kitchen. As he saw all the activity and the depressing hopelessness and the sad needs of many lives in there, he became depressed. Even to the point of ending it all. As he looked at the future for his kids and family, he would wonder what life is all about. In the fall, the two policemen went on a hunting trip together up north of Prince George somewhere. They stayed in a small log cabin in the bush. One day, this policeman we are talking about opened up the cupboard door to reach in and get some mugs out for coffee. At his eye level was the top shelf, and there was a little strip of paper glued onto the edge of the shelf, a little strip no more than 2 inches long, and in fine print it said “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.” Right there, in this very unexpected way this policeman had the Lord touch him in his spirit and He revealed himself to him! In an instant, he was renewed! One word! Of course, he could not explain anything to his partner, who wondered what was going on with him. But he was so excited and convinced that God could speak to him through a small word in that way, that he saw everything in a different way – it had opened his eyes so that the sun could shine brighter, the grass and the trees were greener – everything was more vibrant! This man went home after this hunting trip a changed man in his heart. He went back home and went to started to volunteer serving in the food line, and his depression left and he had great hope for his children and everything – it changed everything around! It was an inside change for him. We see from that there was no force, and no effort on his part; it was just the mercy of the Lord who spoke to him as he read those few little words and the power of God changed his whole life and his family’s life. He then had a new excitement for his job and was full of joy, and new compassion and love for the lost in his work on his patrol and he would share the good news with many of them.
I love this story because I had a similar, life-changing touch from the Lord 50 years ago. It shows us all how great His mercy and love is towards any one of us! God bless you as you enjoy Him; he loves you all very, very much. You can expect Great Things in your life because He loves you very, very much!!
Many of us have times of discouragement. Some of it comes from dealing with children, moms being home alone with their kids, loneliness, dealing with addictions, dealing with finances, sickness and diseases, emotional hurts and pains etc. It can be a natural reaction to events in our lives. Many years ago, there was an advertisement for a meeting in an auditorium in New York City. A well-known, well-respected author and missionary from India (whose writings are still well-known and enjoyed today) was going to make a speech. The large auditorium was full and packed with people. His talk that night was to be about how to Deal with Discouragement. This missionary’s name was Earl Stanley Jones. He had every reason to feel discouraged within himself: He was a missionary in India, with all the overwhelming needs, sickness, disease in the country at that time. He walked onto the stage in that auditorium that day after he was introduced, and with a clear voice, this is what he said: “I have never had a day of discouragement in the past 25 years of my life.” Of course, the crowd was very quiet, probably thinking, who have we got here? Either he is the world’s best liar, or he has been on another planet for 25 years! Well then, what happened was, Mr. Jones went on to explain to the attentive crowd how at that time, 25 years earlier, he overcame. He explained that being so depressed and discouraged one day, Mr. Jones had laid on the floor, with his face in his hands, crying to himself about all the weights and these burdens going on his life at that time, when he felt a tapping on the back of his shoulders, with a gentle voice saying to him, “Turn all these burdens and problems over to Me, and let Me carry them and handle them.” Startled, he got up from the floor, he looked around, no one was there, and he said okay Lord, and never had a day of discouragement in 25 years since.
Hey have a good day everybody. God loves you! He cares for you. He created humans in his own image and he loves you very much!!!