To Help You Understand the Journey

May 19, 2009 at 7:21 am 4 comments

Why do I write this blog?  As a chronicle of the daily events during this walk through the Dark Valley, to help others understand what it is like, to stay connected with those who care enough to take the time to read it, to help me remember that God is always with us.  In 2005, it was estimated that 155,000 people die every day.  Dan is only one of many who will soon stand before the Lord to give an account of himself.  I am just one of about 300,000 or more who struggle with giving up their loved ones each day.  Really, the number of grieving loved ones is a much higher number.

So, in that regard we are not unique.  But what is perhaps unique these days, is that we are able to find joy in the midst of this painful journey.  Dan still makes those clever puns, teases so well even though his tongue is thick from dehydration or from pain killers.  How can we be joyful when the tears are streaming down our faces?  We believe all of Jesus’ promises to us.  How do we know what His promises are?  We study His Word, the Bible.

The tears come at most unexpected moments. They have to pour forth or my heart will burst. Most of the time, the tears come when I am alone.  But, always, we turn to God for comfort and guidance.  Reading His Word, praying, listening to Him, holding His hand,  trusting HIm that all is well, we go deeper and deeper into the Darkness of Death. But God is LIGHT in whom there is no darkness.  Seek the LIght, and He will lead you. — Anne and Dan

Our Beloved Bogi and Janos, Social Workers in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania

Our Beloved Bogi and Janos, Social Workers in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania


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  • 1. Fern Doyle  |  May 19, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Thank you for your blogs. My heart goes out to you. I have no idea what you are going through. I would hope that I would have the strength and courage to stand up to the challenge half as well as you are doing.

    May our God bless you with sweet things each day that you can store up in your memory bank.

    We love you two and you are in my thoughts and prayers throughout each day.
    Fern & Dale

  • 2. Vicki  |  May 19, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I appreciate your blogs so much. Your faith is being lived out in such an authentic way. It gives me so much encouragement. Yesterday I thought of this song when I read it:

    “‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at his word,
    just to rest upon His promise, just to know, ‘Thus saith the Lord.’

    Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus, just from sin and self to cease,
    just from Jesus simply taking life and rest, and joy and peace.

    I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee, Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend, and I know that Thou art with me, wilt be with me to the end.

  • 3. Sherrie Hammond  |  May 19, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    In His hour of trial, Jesus says to His followers, “Listen, the time is coming–it’s already here–when you will all be scattered, every man for himself. You will abandon Me. However, I am really not alone; the Father is with Me. I have said these things to you, so that you may have peace in Me. You will have trouble in the world, but be strong; I have conquered the world (John 16:32,33-SEB).” As a Christian, you are never alone, because the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are always with you giving you peace, comfort, and strength that overcomes this world’s troubles and defeats this world’s distressing circumstances.

    Jesus teaches, “All that the Father gives to Me comes to Me. I will never throw out the person who comes to Me . . . This is the will of the One who sent Me: I must not lose anything that God has given to Me. I must restore it to God on the last day. This is what My Father wants: Every person who sees the Son and commits himself to Him will have eternal [on-going] life. I will restore that person on the last day (John 6:37,39,40-SEB).” Christ-like hearts and minds are drawn to Jesus. Jesus never throws us away. God’s Will is for Jesus to hang onto every Christian believer until we transition from earth to heaven’s glory. No one can snatch Christians out of heaven’s glory once God holds us in the palm of His Almighty Hand (John 10:27-30). Jesus takes Christians home to God and delivers us into the safety of God’s on-going life in heaven . . . free from all sorrows, pain, sufferings, death, or destruction (Revelation 21:1-7; Revelation 22:1-17). Joy and life reside in heaven’s glory for all eternity. Our life in Jesus starts on earth, and then goes on forever and never ends. This truth fact from God is Christ’s Good News! The Good News about Jesus fills our hearts with joy even in the middle of earthly life’s dark valleys and tempest storms.

    The apostle John teaches God loves people on earth so very much that God wants all people having all the blessed benefits of true life. John teaches, “God loved the people of the world so much that He gave up His only Son. Every person who commits himself to Jesus will NOT be destroyed. Instead, that person will have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to judge it. God sent Jesus, so that the people of the world could be saved through Him. The person who commits himself to Jesus is NOT condemned . . . the person who is living the truth comes toward the light. He wants his actions to become clear, because he did them for God (John 3:16-21-SEB).”

    At the cross and death of Jesus, the Scriptures teach, “When Jesus knew that everything was finished, he said . . . ‘It is finished!’ Then He bowed His head and died (John 19:28,30-SEB).” At His Resurrection, the Scriptures teach, “Very early on Sunday morning, the women came to the tomb . . . They went in, but they didn’t find the Lord Jesus’ body . . . suddenly two angels stood beside them in shining clothes. The two men said to the women, ‘Why are you looking here for a living person? This is a place for dead people! Jesus is not here. He has risen from death! Do you remember what He said in Galilee? Jesus said that He must be handed over to evil men, be killed on a cross, and rise from death on the third day.’ Then, the women remembered Jesus’ words (Luke 24:1-8-SEB).”

    “The women left the tomb quickly. The were afraid, yet very happy. They ran to tell Jesus’ followers. Suddenly, Jesus met them. He said, ‘Greetings!’ . . . Don’t be afraid. Go tell My brothers that they must leave for Galilee. They will see Me there’ (Matthew 28:8-10-SEB).” In Galilee, Jesus said to them, ‘The person who believes . . . and is immersed will be saved’ . . . After the Lord Jesus talked with them, He was lifted up into the sky. He sat down at God’s right side . . . The Lord used miracles to prove that the Message was true. He was working with them (Mark 16:16-20-SEB).” Jesus says, “The happy ones are those who have not seen Me and yet who believe (John 20:29-SEB).”

    Love to you,
    Sherrie H.

  • 4. your LST family  |  May 19, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Today the enemies are fear and doubt — but they have no victory. And the Lord keeps track of the tears so he can wipe them away:
    “Enemies spend the whole day finding fault with me; all they think about is how to do me harm…You have kept record of my days of wandering. You have stored my tears in your bottle and counted each of them. When I pray, LORD God, my enemies will retreat, because I know for certain that you are with me.
    I praise your promises! I trust you and am not afraid. No one can harm me.” Ps 58 :5-11 CEV
    On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever.
    The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. Isaiah 25:7-8 NIV


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