When my wife Linda was diagnosed with severely degenerating disc disease in her neck and spine life changed for us overnight. If you had the same thing happen with the onset of chronic illness you will know what I mean. The natural mind thought, Father, We have been pastoring churches for over 40 years, sought to be obedient to your Word so we don’t understand why this happened. Have we sinned against you? In searching our minds and hearts it became clear we could become angry at the Lord for bringing this illness upon us, or press into the Lord, “Come near to the Lord, and He will come near to you(James 4:8) Now life is daily transformed by His Presence.
I am reading Scott’s record of his journey entitled, Endurance. He had previously spent 6 months at the ISS and come home with health issues. Waving good buy to his wife and children as he entered the Soyuz rocket was heart wrenching to me because nobody knew if this year in space would kill him. How tough is your own journey as you start 2018? The Christian has the weapons and power of God’s Word, The Holy Spirit to provide strength for our journey. Put your trust this year in Jesus.
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