The Days Grow Long

June 4, 2009 at 8:27 am 2 comments

As Dan grows weaker and weaker, there is more to do to take care of him.  We who live in this house with Dan are all pretty much exhausted, but that does not matter.  We will do whatever it takes to provide the care Dan needs because we love him.  He will soon be gone. We can rest then.

Today, again, he ate very little food.  He has no appetite, and is seldom thirsty…more signs that the end is near.  There is much to tell about today, but, frankly, it was just an ordinary day in the life of a family of a dying man.  It’s late.  I can’t hold my eyes open, or my hands on the keys.  Feast your eyes on this beautiful scene taken during my 15 minute walk on Montara Beach today, and pray that God will comfort all those who are grieving over Dan’s passing.  Jesus is with him.  He is not alone, and neither are weIMG_0125.

When I asked God for a scripture to comfort you tonight, I was a bit surprised at the one God gave me. I asked, “How is this comforting?”  Then the Holy Spirit flooded my mind with ways it can be comforting.  It certainly is comforting for Dan and me.  But this is for you – “Many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized (buried, immersed completely, in water)”  Acts 18:8.  — Anne and Dan

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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  June 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I love you both very much! The Lord is with you. My thoughts, sorrow, and daily prayers are with you both. I pray God pours forth His kind grace, loving favor, and compassionate mercy upon you all. May God restore comfort, encouragement, wise decisions, and prosperity upon you all. Amen in Jesus name. Love, Sherrie H.

    “God is our storehouse of strength. In God, we can always find help in times of trouble. There is a river whose streams bring happiness to God’s City, to the holy city of God Most High. God is in that city, so that city will never be destroyed. God is there to help even before sunrise (Psalm 46:1,4,5).” God stores up strength for us and deposits strength within our character during troubling, difficult, and hard times. In this way, God helps Christian stay strong even when we feel weak. Heaven is flowing with happiness. Heaven’s happiness is never destroyed, because God lives there. God helps His People all the time.

    Isaiah the prophet teaches, “The Lord helps weak people to be strong. God causes the people without power to become powerful . . . people who trust the Lord become strong again like eagles that grow new feathers (Isaiah 40:29,30).” Before eagles can grow new feathers and fly higher, they painfully remove the old worn out feathers that do not work well anymore. Eagles spread their wings, and one by one, eagles remove the old feathers. In this way, new refreshing eagle feathers can grow. When the new feathers grow in, the new eagle feathers help the eagle fly higher than before. The eagle endures the pain of removal for the new glory of higher flight coming in the eagle’s future.

    Isaiah the prophet teaches, “God sent me to the sad people of Zion. I will get them ready for the celebration. I will take away the [grief] ashes on their head, and I will give them a crown. I will take away their sadness and give them the oil of happiness Isaiah 61:3).” Sadness comes before joy. Sorrow precedes happiness. Pain comes before gain. There is a season for everything under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3).

    God’s positive, affirming promises help Christians go through painful times. God’s promises lift Christians up and out of our dark times, because God is consistently true to His Word (Isaiah 40:8). God’s Enduring Promise that better days will come in the future: “The sun will no longer be your light during the day. The moonlight will no longer be your light at night. The Lord will be your light forever. Your God will be your glory. Your sun will never go down again. Your moon will never be dark again. Because the Lord will be your light forever. And your time of sadness will end. All of your people will be good. Those people will get the earth forever. I made those people. They are the wonderful plant that I made with My own hands. The smallest family will become a large family group. The smallest family will become a powerful nation. When the time is right, I, the Lord, will come quickly. I will make these things happen (Isaiah 60:19-22).”

    God’s promised strength during dry, desert times: “The Lord will always lead you. The Lord will satisfy your soul in dry lands. The Lord will give strength to your bones. You will be like a garden that has much water. You will be like a spring that always has water. Your cities have been destroyed for many, many years. But new cities will be built, and the foundations of these cities will continue for many, many years. You will be called “The one who fixes fences.” And you will be called, “The one who builds roads and houses (Isaiah 58:11,12).”

    The apostle Paul teaches, “The true foundation is Jesus Christ. This foundation has already been built.”

    Praise God! The Lord has built the true foundation within your minds and hearts! God loves you, and so do I!

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  • 2. Nancy Lawrence  |  June 5, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Anne, we are thinking of you today. Shared some stories with Bill and his family tonight. They send their heartfelt wishes to you for rest and peace. I saw the post where Dan is barely able to eat. God created such an amazingly intricate system when he designed our bodies. Sometimes we need food. Sometimes we need water. Sometimes we just need the strength of the Lord. We know Dan is covered with the love of the Lord by you, your loving family and countless friends. You’ve lived a good, hard life — one to be proud of. God is in control. By faith we’ll believe with you. Sending love, Tommy and Nancy

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