Friday, November 20, 2009

Life moment

Yesterday Jim and I met a precious elderly couple at the oncologist office. As we set there waiting to see the doctor about the next steps we will be taking with Jim's hemochromatosis we joined in conversation with that sweet couple. As the 4 of us spoke in that waiting room. We learned they have been married for 64 years. That the man had just been diagnosed with lung cancer. That he thinks his wife is an angel and that she has washed many pairs of socks for him over the years. We learned that the cost of his medication is $4500.00 for a 30 day supply. And about how they have sold alot of stuff around their 80 acre (now 40 acre farm) to afford his medication. And we saw how scared a precious lady is about the possibility of loosing her adored husband. But the biggest thing we learned about this couple that we will probably never see again is that they both have a strong faith in Jesus Christ. The elderly man (whom reminded me of my grandpa) said these words," I'm not scared. I don't like it, but I'm not worried because the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob is still my God and he has never changed and will never change. As they were called back to the doctor I felt such an urge to do something for this couple so as the lady walked by behind her husband I stood up and said it has been such a pleasure speaking with you both and I hugged her. Not a fast see you later hug, but a real I feel for you, I'm sorry your going through this hug. We both let go with tears in our eyes and as they went through the door I said to my husband what a precious couple they are. He agreed and we both set there quietly I know we were both reflecting on the conversation we had just had. I set there and realized I have the power through Jesus to do something very important for that couple.... to lift them both up in prayer to my Heavenly Father God. So as the days pass I will be praying over this couple. And may our time with them even so brief of a moment be a lasting memory of how important life moments can be.
With love in Christ,

Friday, November 6, 2009

November Christmas

So what do you think about having Christmas starting in November? I know what your thinking... what about Thanksgiving???? Well for years I thought the same thing. Don't put up the Christmas tree until the weekend after Thanksgiving. Don't start any Christmas preparation until after Thanksgiving. But maybe it's getting older (you know they say you get wiser as you get older, don't they say that?) Any who... It occurred to me this week that Thanksgiving and Christmas should really be one huge season wrapped in love together. Stay with me for a minute and I'll explain my thinking. We would all agree that the Thanksgiving season is a time of giving thanks and being thankful. The Christmas season is a time of remembering and celebrating the birth of Christ. It seems to me that we should be thankful all the time and we should celebrate our Jesus everyday not just one day a year in rememberance of His birth. We should really be thankful for Jesus everyday of the week. And we should live our lives to show our continued thankfulness. So for me and my family this year we've decided to mix the two seasons together. To spend this season being thankful for our blessings, and most of all for the unearned undeserved favor from God we have been given in Jesus Christ. So if you show up at our house next week you'll probably find us knee deep in Christmas decorations and a huge Christmas tree. So what do you think about mixing our nativity scene with yellow, orange & brown from our Thanksgiving pumpkins & leaves. I can just see a peace in surrounding baby Jesus in our Thanksgiving.
All for Jesus,