September 2022 Update
Dear Ones: In the face of Hurricane Ian’s ongoing trail of destruction, I thought of a sign I saw at a funeral home: “Life is fragile, handle with prayer.” It speaks to the utter vulnerability and brevity of this “normal” earthly existence. But what happens when subjected to a “monster” storm devastating everything in its path? Watching the horrendous videos of destitute Floridians has been heart-rending indeed! I began to pray for God’s mercy and intervention, especially for loved ones there. After all, who doesn’t have relatives and friends living in “sunny” Florida; some of us actually envy these folks, especially during our cold winters; but truth be told, there’s no “paradise” or “perfect vacationland” anywhere in the world! Adam’s rebellion (sin) cursed not only mankind, but the earth itself, including weather, etc. (cf. Rom. 8: 20-23)
Take heart, our God reigns and has all “climate change” under His control, including Ivan! There are many lessons yet to be gleaned from this horrendous event. But one thing for sure, no arrogant, “god-playing” politician can change or remedy the situation! It’s time to look up, for our redemption draws near! Remember, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. [Think of that!]” (Psa. 46:1-3) May this truth reach many precious “victims” of Ivan!
I trust you are all relatively well and active. My last Update must have “hit a nerve” evidenced by several “retirees” who testified of their ongoing burden and ministry for souls! PTL! Just 10 days ago I wondered if my earthly ministry was over. I was coming out of the dentist’s office (2nd fl. Stairs only); I made an awkward move, lost my grip on the banister and fell down the whole flight of stairs! No one was around to help so I just lay there “examining” my body for broken bones, etc. Miraculously, I did not hit my head on the pavement; eventually I got to my feet, sat on a bench for a time and made my way to the car. I did get home safely, praising God that I was in “one piece.” After “lying low” for a few days, there was gradual “mending” and pain relief. By God’s mercy I’m back in (slow) action, wondering if this was an enemy attack; I don’t really know, but thankfully, God has spared me for a reason. Thank you for your prayers as I “recoup;” To God be the Glory!
My love and gratitude always,