“When He comes, our glorious King, All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing: Hallelujah! What a Savior!”
Last week, I promised an update on J.R. As some of you know, at 55 years of age, J.R. suffered a massive stroke on the way home from church. He was able to veer the car a little out of the driving lane and his wife reached over, shoved the car into park and turned off the key. LRMC told them he was beyond any help they could give, so he was transferred to Orlando Regional. They were told it was critical he regain consciousness within 3 days. They had to drill a hole in his head to relieve pressure. Lisa is a woman of faith and put out a call on social media and otherwise for prayer. We, in turn, passed that prayer request on. The neurosurgeon told them, when he still hadn’t responded, that there was a very good chance that if he woke up, he would be paralyzed from the neck down. On the 5th day, he wiggled his toes and gave the neurosurgeon a thumbs up! On the sixth day, their 29th anniversary, they had him sitting up in a chair. He can move his right side and follows commands, but still can’t move his left side or speak. I feel like we are watching another of God’s miracles take place! Please continue to pray for J.R. Pray for movement on the left side and his speech to return. Our God is great, as we have witnessed in our church! Faith is such a powerful thing and it becomes even more powerful when coupled with fervent prayer!
Faith is the bridge that pulls us towards eternity. It is the evidence of something we can’t see, but still know it’s there. It forces us to believe and trust in God, and not in ourselves. If we can’t zoom out and take an eternal perspective, faith will never make sense. Faith causes us to look to the eternal. You can’t just shove faith into a box with God and then try to make sense of it.
In this season of reflection, not on what to buy whom, but on the coming of the Christ in human form, let us renew our faith. We can’t see faith, but it lives in us. It promises us an eternity with Jesus where there will be no pain, no sickness, sorrow or tears. Hallelujah! What a Savior!
In His light,
Why do you spend your money on junk food, your hard-earned cash on cotton candy? Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best, fill yourself with only the finest. Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words. Isaiah 55:2-3 MSG
We know the health benefits of eating real food grown on a plant rather than manufactured in a plant. Real food is medicine; junk food is toxic.
God says the same is true in the spiritual realm: his Word is real food for our souls. It renews our minds and replenishes our spirits. We need it in our daily diet.
Consider making a plan to read a portion of one of the Gospels, one of Paul’s letters, or a psalm each morning or before you go to bed.
God invites us back to spiritual food that will make our souls flourish. “God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds.
You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries” (Psalm 19:10 MSG).
How can you feed your soul and body today?
Food for Thought: God’s words are truly life-giving and life-nourishing, real food for the hungry soul.