Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Thank you

Thank you. Thank you to my caring and loving wife, for sitting/sleeping on a hospital couch for 4 days/nights watching over me (in addition to all of her other duties). Thank you to Bob and Gladys (my in laws) for taking turns also at my bedside taking care of me. Several nurses thought that they were my parents. For my kids – for being good and helpful through all of this. For all of my other family out of town who wished they could be here to help, thank you. For all of my friends at work and Church and all of you who have obeyed the Lord in prayer and lifted me up at all hours of the day and night, I cannot thank you enough.
I am climbing out of the hole that I had been in over the past 24 hours …… a hole I did not see coming. I don’t recall since my last chemo treatments quite a place of complete emotional and spiritual despair. Physical pain can be managed to some greater or lesser degree with medication, but this pit was a stranger to me. I recall the Psalmist King David praying to the Lord to deliver him from the “pit” and similar metaphors which he used to describe a place of hopelessness and lost-ness. With time, it is easing up and will pass, thank God. Jesus is the friend that sticks closer than a brother.
I have said this before and I will say it again, I do not know how people make it with out Jesus. He has been my Rock and my Strong Tower, my comforter, my protector. Did I say these things in the midst of the pit? Yes. Did I get religious out of desperation? No. He has been these things to me for many years, it has been this past year that I have really needed to depend on Him in that capacity. Last night and into this morning are gone. The light has come. We pray that this treatment will be a success. I do not know what tomorrow brings, but I do know that He promised to be with me no matter what comes my way.
If you know of anyone who has a need, like so many of you who have helped me, keep the ball rolling. Reach out and give and love while you have the chance, tomorrow is not promised.
I give you all thanks again and Glory to God. Here is one of the first Psalms that I memorized after getting saved.
Psalm 23:1-6
1The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, {4 Or through the darkest valley} I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Have a wonderful week and God be with you. George.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

George,

A quote by Ms. Cory Tin Boom (Holocaust survivor), "There is NO pit too deep, where God is not deeper still". You are continued in our prayers my brother. God is not done and will continue to be there for you and your family through it all! May His river of peace and grace flow in every aspect of these turbulant times in your lives. Please contact us if you need anything. Bill and Cathy

Russell said...

George, I can only imagine how much character God is building in you through this difficult trial. The Refiner's fire is mighty hot for you, my brother, and yet He is working ALL things together for your good because you love Him and are called for His purposes. Just think that when He looks at you (as into gold) that He is seeing a clearer more sharper image of Himself each day that passes... and so will others see His reflection through you and your life. Keep trusting...He is worthy!
Love ya'

Anonymous said...

George,
I was just about to tell you the quote by Corrie ten Boom...but I see my hubby beat me to it! (must be confirmation!) I've been praying 2 Samuel 22 for you...good stuff! Ya'll are close to our hearts...
love and prayers...
Cathy

FeatherIron said...

You have people in the pit with you, loving you, but most importantly you have Him in the pit with you.

I won't patronize you with saying I know how you feel, I don't but I do know despair, feeling like I can't bare another minute. I also know that just when it looked like I couldn't take it another minute, He came through, releif.Even if just for a time, the truth is He doesn't give us more then we can handle.

We Love you George!

Anonymous said...

Hey George,

Just wanted to share a thought with you. We just recently saw a movie together. If you remember the guy put his wife and son in a pit to protect them. He also kept his word that he would return for them. Now God is going to keep His Word and take you out of this pit. God Bless.

Paul S.