You know how just when you need it God provides us with encouragement from something someone says or we read? Well that's how I felt when I read Larry Lomax's SPIRIT e-blast blog post a few weeks ago. I have a good friend, Christine, whose father died unexpectedly several weeks ago and she's really struggling with the sudden loss and all the feelings that go with it.
It's especially hard when we lose someone suddenly like Christine did and I did when my mother had a fatal heart attack twenty one years ago. It's hard to believe it's been that long ago. I still miss her and think about her often. Then within the past 7 years, I lost both my father and brother to cancer, and then Janet, my best friend since childhood, died suddenly, and another longtime friend, Monica, lost her battle with cancer last year. I've dealt with a lot of grief and pain in my life with many more relatives and friends that have also passed away throughout the years.
So, when I read Larry's wonderful SPIRIT blog post, I was so encouraged by it that I immediately forwarded it to Christine in hopes that it might encourage her too. If you haven't read it yet and listened the inspiring songs he posted in the link, I encourage you to do so by clicking here to get to Larry's Spirit blog post.
In addition to asking you to pray for my friend Christine and her family, I would also like to ask you to pray for me. I had a bad fall recently landing face down on the cement and sustained injuries that I'm in the processing of recovering from including a concussion, broken nose (shattered into 10 pieces!) and a wound on my nose that required 13 stitches, plus a complete full-thickness tear of my subscapularis (rotator cuff) when my shoulder dislocated during the fall. My rotator cuff shoulder surgery is coming up soon that I'd really appreciate your prayers for.
God has already been working in amazing ways with my healing through prayers from the SPIRIT staff, my family and friends. He promises to always be there for us when we rely on Him for the strength to get us through all our struggles in life. I cling to that promise like you may be doing, too, for something you're going through. I also encourage you to enlist the prayer support of others to help you through it.
If we can pray for you in any way, please let us know. Just click here and let the large SPIRIT family of listeners start praying for you. You are an important part of our SPIRIT family and we love and care about you!
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
Love and blessings,