It has been a struggle during these past months of physical pain. Staying aligned with God’s love and His promise of healing, and not forsaking me has made me stronger in His love. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits-who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases. Psalm 103:2-3
I will not deny there have been moments of sadness, loneliness and uncertainty as to what is going to happen next? Each time, I have put myself in the only arms that can truly bring me peace, those of Jesus. Meditating on the Word and remembering all Jesus went through for me, would make me say, “I’m sorry Lord, who am I to feel this way, when You, my Jesus, went through such peril so I can have access to heaven and enjoy eternal life!” He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases. Matthew 8:17 Thank you my Jesus.
It is in our troubling times, whatever it is we are going through, be it illness, financial difficulty, loss of a loved one or just living life with its ups and downs that we become aware of who is really there for us. My Church family, friends and those I would not even imagine helping me out have been instrumental in making my days tolerable, joyful and hopeful. We need encouragement and the sense of being loved. Everyone has their own struggles but as Christians we are called to comfort and be with those who are in pain, sick or hurting. Yet many let their busyness stop from truly doing what Christ has called them to. Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:8
I am grateful for my Pastors who made sure I had flowers at the hospital and when I came home. Flowers and their beauty always warm my heart. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 I received food gift cards so my daughter did not have to worry about preparing food. The Pastors visited me, prayed for me. Colleagues, my fellow librarians in particular Gay, called, texted, and visited and gave us gift cards as well. My niece, Aury Lis, came from Puerto Rico to take care of me for a week when my daughter began her new job. My dear friend and daughter, Naomi, living in Chicago took a long weekend to come and take care of me so my daughter could rest. Friends like Justina, Sandra, Marilou, Donna, Jan, Melanie, Christina, Carla, Allison and Daisy, Barbara spent hours of their time keeping me company and assisting my daughter. Others have been Prayer Warriors, my Bible study group, Neil, Janet, Rosalie, Tammy, Miguel, Carlos, Pastor April, Connie, MeriLynne, who with their prayers literally lifted me up in the hospital room. Thank you to Carlitos and Dave who visited and made me laugh. Those who visited me at the Hospital, thank you for taking of your time to be with me. I thank God for each of you. There are no words to express how grateful I am. My neighbors as well who have been so attentive. My friends and family from Puerto Rico, California and New Jersey for your prayers, calls and messages. My friends who continue to call and visit with me, thank you. The prayer of faith will make the sick person well; and the Lord will raise them up. James 5:15
Do not take lightly a call, text, visit, sending flowers or a prayer. Be an instrument of God’s love and joy. Look around you. You will find someone needing a smile, prayer or five minutes of your time. Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Psalm 112:5
In Christ’s love,