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Archive for April 6th, 2022

Generous Assistance

MEDITATION:

Written by Kathy Loftman.

Russ and I have been incredibly touched by God’s love over the past few months. In October, Russ fell outside our home, which led to cycles of pain, the inability to walk, and eventually to hospitalization for two weeks around Thanksgiving. Although it was a tough time for us, our church friends became clear signs of God’s hope for us. We received calls, emails, texts, and words of encouragement which strengthened our resolve and resilience. In particular, we felt God’s healing presence through the kindness of others. One of our church members took Russ to an important doctor’s appointment, lent us a wheelchair, and gave us great advice and suggestions. One of our Bible Study couples emailed us weekly checking in on us and offering to help. Other church friends called and emailed us offering assistance. Our pastors visited Russ in the hospital. We felt the strength and encouragement through all the prayers from our church’s prayer chain and the congregational prayers. And when asked by one of our parishioners how we were doing, I made an off-hand comment that we were in need of a walker. In less than 24 hours, a walker was at our front door with a warm greeting. Russ has greatly improved now and we are forever grateful for the kindness and love of our church family. God’s love shows His presence and promise through others. Thank you!

PRAYER:

Written by Debbie McDaniel, a contemporary Christian writer.

Dear God, thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us for when we don’t thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you’ve given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

MUSIC MEDITATION:

When I Survey the Wonderous Cross:   Performed by Rosemary Siemens.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross was written by Isaac Watts (1674-1748) in 1707. It was innovative because it departed from the early English hymn style of only using paraphrased biblical texts.

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