COVID-19 Fears

This month marks 11 years that I’ve been an online missionary with Global Media Outreach.  What an privilege and a blessing, reaching people throughout the world as they go online seeking answers to life’s challenges. Many of them want to know how they can have their sins forgiven; how they might know if they’re going to heaven.

Yet in March our letters began to change.  Many now write expressing their fears of contracting the Coronavirus.  They are asking if this is the end of the world.  It seems the entire world is living from day to day, wondering what tomorrow will bring to their health.  Many people worldwide are out of jobs, fearing for their future. Those who don’t know Jesus don’t know where they will go after they die.  Many are eager to receive Christ and I will take them through the steps.  [See Would You Like to Know God Personally? at the bottom of this page.]

I like to emphasize the most important thing in this life is to KNOW Jesus, to KNOW He has forgiven our sins, to KNOW we no longer need to be controlled by sin, to KNOW our final destination is with Him in heaven. How sad for those who do not have this assurance.

The most important thing I can tell them, after they have received Christ, is to trust God, knowing they are now in His hands.  I especially encourage them to share this good news with others, so their loved ones may also experience this same blessed hope.  I am praying that those people who have not yet accepted Jesus as their Savior will do so before He returns.

I explain to some that I personally believe we are living at the end of this age.  People have said this for centuries, but there were certain prophecies that needed to be fulfilled first.  One such prophecy:  the Jewish people were to be regathered to their homeland of Israel for a second time.  That didn’t happen until 1948.  This second return was to be from every nation where they had been dispersed (Jeremiah 16:14–15; 23:7–8; 29:14; 31:7–8), not just Babylon. Over the past 120 years or so, more than 3.5 million Jews have immigrated to the Land of Israel from all over the world—from the north, south, east, and west—in literal fulfillment of God’s promises (Isaiah 43:5–6).  On May 14, 1948,  the State of Israel was established–the first Jewish state in 2,000 years.

The Bible tells us in Matthew 24 there will be pestilences, disease and earthquakes–it does seem the earthquakes are stronger and closer together these days.  We’re also told that nation will rise against nation and there will be wars and famines.  This is our world today.

I believe the next thing to happen is the rapture of the church.  The church is not a building.  According to the Bible, the church is the PEOPLE who follow Jesus.  WE are the church.  So the rapture of the church is when the followers of Jesus are caught up together in the clouds, in the twinkling of an eye, to meet the Lord.

The rapture is described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:  “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.  For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

Also in Matthew 24:36-41  “But about that day or hour no one knows…  As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;  and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.”

Then there is 2 Timothy 3:1-5  “But mark this:  There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,  treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—  having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

The Lord gave me a song last year – directly from Scripture – that seems to have been written for such a time as this:   DO NOT BE ANXIOUS

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Traveling Missionaries

We were traveling in Eastern Europe as river cruise missionaries. Well actually, I was the missionary, while my husband who still is not YET a believer, was kind enough to accompany me.  My plan was to reach out to lost and lonely people with the good news of Jesus.

I was handing out Jesus booklets in the Bulgarian language when I ran out!  We were in a walking mall near a major university with crowds of students moving around us. I hated to miss the opportunity to reach these young people for Jesus, so I found a bench and sat down.

Opening my purse, I pulled out a piece of typing paper, a pen and my fold-up scissors. I began writing two websites over and over and up and down the paper in three rows. One was www.everystudent.com and the other was www.whoisJesus-really.com  (both are also offered in Bulgarian).

I then cut out the little pieces of paper with the two websites on them, put them in my big pocket and we started walking.  I’d simply approach someone with a smile and say, “Excuse me, do you speak English?  I’m from America and I have two websites to share with you—they’re about Jesus. I think you’ll like them.”

Most people I approached would smile back, look at the little piece of paper, tell me they’d check it out, thank me and put it in their pocket. They were friendly. They seemed appreciative. There was only one man who said he did not believe in such things and wanted to argue.  I quickly wished him a good day and moved on.

It wasn’t long before all my little papers were gone, so it was time for us to return to our ship.

I praised God that I was able to get about 50 pieces of paper out of one piece of typing paper. Fifty young people over and above those who received my booklets had an opportunity to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ!  How exciting is that!

What a thrill for me to reach so many! Even my dear husband was helpful. At one point he said, “See that guy over there? He looks kind of needy—why don’t you give him one.”

“Thank You Lord, for giving me favor and joy as I serve You—in just a simple way.”

  •  Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.     James 5:20
  •  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.     Mark 16:16
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  • SONG:  ONLY ONE LIFELyrics by C.T. Studd, circa 1900; Music by Kathleen  
[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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How Can I Make Friends?

As an online missionary for Global Media Outreach, I’ve been mentoring Susan in the Middle East, for about three years.  She’s now a university freshman.  She wrote, “I am shy and handicapped in making friendships. How exactly can I make friends?”

I prayerfully responded, “Jesus wants us to love one another. Reaching out in friendship is a good beginning.  If we want friends, we must be friendly.

“Begin by standing straight and tall, don’t slouch. Smile and be confident.  Remember that you now have the Holy Spirit living in you. Our confidence comes from God.

“Smile. Look people in the eye when you talk.  Sometimes a person will glance away when you look at them. Don’t be afraid of that. Keep smiling.  That person is either very shy, or considers you a threat for some reason.  Most of the time I believe it’s because they are shy.

“Often it’s appropriate to offer a handshake. Your handshake should be firm, but not tight.  Smile.  Ask people about themselves, then listen with interest. Be truly interested in them. If you see a need, offer to help–and then follow through with a smile.”

A few days later Susan wrote, “I found a chance to practice what you taught me. It works!!!!!  I started talking to a girl on the bus by asking her about herself.  We were talking the whole time til she got off.  This is progress! I’m so happy. I remembered to smile and I’m still smiling. Thank you!”

  • A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.   John 13:34-35
  • And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:14
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  • SONG:  I LOVE THE LORDBy Kathleen 

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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My Uncle Just Died

The tree trimmers had just arrived and began working on our tree, when their boss, whom I’d never before met, wanted to speak with me.

“I just received a phone call that my uncle just died.  He wasn’t even sick. They found him dead in his bed this morning.  He’s very close to my dad who is going through chemotherapy.  This is very bad news. Very bad.  My family will be devastated.”

“I’m sorry.  Was he a Christian?”  He didn’t know.

“What about your dad?”

“I think my dad believes in God.  I used to be a Christian myself, but I sort of drifted away.”

“Then you know that this life we now live is just temporary.  He nodded. Eternity lasts forever. Someday when our bodies die,  our souls will continue to live on.  What we do with this temporary life will determine where we spend eternity.  The big question in this life is: ‘What did you do with Jesus?'”

He nodded in agreement with all I said.  He agreed to wait while I went inside to grab some helpful information.  I brought out a copy of  Would You Like to Know God Personally?  Also, The Jesus Movie in multiple languages including Spanish and some tracts in Spanish to share with his family.  He thanked me repeatedly.

Then he told me that he lives with his girlfriend and their two preschoolers.   He wants to get back with God again.  His girlfriend is interested in learning about God.  In fact, they are planning to attend a Calvary Chapel Church for the first time, this next Sunday.

I said, “I believe God is leading you back to Him. When you decide to truly commit your life to Jesus then it’s important that you turn away from your sin.  It is not God’s will that you live with your girlfriend without marrying her.”  He nodded in agreement.

I suggested he read through the tracts with his girlfriend and his father, then I directed him to the prayer in the tract that would help him recommit his life to Jesus.  He was encouraged and actually excited about sharing the information with them.

My only regret is that I didn’t think to pray with him before he left.  Nevertheless, I do believe he is on his way to serving Jesus Christ with his life; and for this I praise God!

  •  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.   Romans 1:16
  • More information on Knowing God Personally booklet: https://www.cru.org/us/en/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html
  • You may watch the Jesus Movie here: https://www.jesusfilm.org/watch.html
  • SONG: ONE BUSINESS IN LIFE –

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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Teen Deported to Mexico – to Become Missionary?

*Another precious memory from my years in prison ministry.

Thomas is 17-years-old and incarcerated. Because of his criminal background he’s to be deported to Mexico.  He came to the U.S. when he was six months old—this is his home. His family is here.  He has an uncle in Mexico whom he’s never met—he’ll be living with him.

Thomas gave his life to Jesus Christ several months ago and insists he is not the same person he was before.  The peace and joy God has given him is real. He’s reading the Bible and memorizing portions of it on his own.

Thomas read the book of Daniel in the Old Testament and was re-telling the highlights to the others in our Bible study group. His accuracy and his ability to tell the story so clearly were impressive. Thomas does not speak much, but when he speaks the others listen. Recently I asked him to explain the gospel message to the new arrivals who joined our group.  He explained it with clarity and wisdom.

Last week he was lamenting over his situation—feeling sad and fearful over the news of his upcoming deportation.

I said, “Thomas, didn’t you tell me that your heart’s desire is to tell others about Jesus Christ so they can be saved?”

“Yes.”

“Then why don’t you return to Mexico as a missionary? There are some unreached people groups in remote places in Mexico—they have never heard about Jesus.  You are not too young to begin serving the Lord.”

His face lit up. “Do you think so?”

“Thomas, you would be perfect!  Remember Daniel? He was about fourteen when he was taken captive to Babylon, never to see his homeland again. He trusted God his entire life and became a mighty man of God. Think of yourself as a modern-day Daniel.”

I went home and did an online search. I found a church and contact information for the region where Thomas will be living.

He was so encouraged to receive it.  He said, “I have been thinking about this all week! I’m so excited about going to Mexico now!  I’ll probably be emailing you with lots of questions. Is that okay?”

“Please do. I will count it a privilege to try to answer your questions and to pray for you in your important work for the Lord.”

  • For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.     Jeremiah 29:11  

Addendum:  A reader of this blog contacted me about a ministry in Mexico that helps deportees. They provide temporary room and board, Christian counseling, job counseling and transportation to the deportees’ final city of destination.  I was able to put them in touch with Thomas and they are now expecting him.  How good is our God to put together the pieces of this puzzle!   

SONG: JOHN 3:16-17Music and Arrangement by Kathleen

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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Repent? What’s Repent?

Years ago a friend invited me to Bible study.  I said, “No thanks, I’m not interested.”

She persisted. “We’ll get lunch afterward and we’ll have a good time!  I’ll be at your house at 8:30 tomorrow, so be ready!”

I thought to myself, “She’s becoming obnoxious!” I said, “I am not going!”

The next morning she was at my house at 8:30!  I was grumbling but I went.  Sometimes persistence can be good.  It was during the second week of this Bible study that I learned about God’s love and forgiveness for the first time in my life, and I fell in love with God.

I learned the most basic teaching in the Bible is that God loves us, even though we are ALL sinners. It does not matter who has sinned the most or the least. The Bible says if we’re guilty of only one sin, we are not clean enough to enter heaven.

Next I learned what sin is.  Sin is not simply robbing a bank or committing murder, it’s deeper.  Sin is living our lives independent of God’s control. Sin is an attitude of rebellion toward God, by saying “I will live my life—my good citizen life—my way.  That is what I had been doing.

I still remember my initial reaction when I learned Jesus had paid the full price for my past and even my future sins.  He was willing to forgive me and I would not have to endure hell or pay for any of my sins in any way. I thought I was hearing things!  This was astonishing news!

Jesus wanted to be my Savior and my Lord.  It was easy to take Jesus as my Savior.  It would cost me nothing. Actually, it’s priceless. We all want to know our sins are forever forgiven. We all want to know we have a free pass to heaven.

Yet it was different to make Jesus Lord of my life. That would not be so easy—it would cost. I learned the word repent means to turn around and go the other way.  I would have to step off the wide road of life and start walking the narrow road. There would have to be change.

Jesus once talked about the two roads in life:  The wide road has many people on it, yet it leads to destruction. The narrow road leads to life, but He said, “only a few find it.”  Only a few!

I realize now that we all start out in life on the wide road, because we all have that tendency to sin.  If we truly desire to follow Jesus and someday end up in heaven, we must get off the wide road. We must turn around and go the other way. We must follow Jesus.

  • Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.    Matthew 7:13-14
  • They went out and preached that people should repent.    Mark 6:12
  • For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.   Romans 3:23
  • For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.    James 2:10
  • SONG: INTO THE LIGHT By Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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Hiccups Cured!

A special memory from my years doing jail ministry:

One night at the juvenile facility, an incarcerated girl in my Bible study had the hiccups. I excused her to get a drink of water. Then she told me she’d had the hiccups since morning!  She had already tried drinking water, eating and holding her breath, but still they persisted.

So I suggested we pray—but instantly I had doubts!  What if God doesn’t stop the hiccups?  Then no one in the group will believe in prayer!

I stepped out in faith and asked all the girls to pray along silently with me as I pray for her hiccups.   My prayer was simple, that in the name of Jesus the hiccups would stop right now.

They stopped!  I asked her 10 minutes later how she was doing.  No hiccups.  I asked her 45 minutes later.  Still no hiccups!  The girls were all amazed to see God work so quickly!

Truthfully, I was shocked!  At the end of our Bible study time,  ALL the girls said they wanted to give their lives to Jesus.  I walked to my car that evening singing praises to God for His faithfulness.

 

 

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She HAD to Get an Abortion

We were on the college campus when a student stopped by our table.   He asked about the small Precious Feet Lapel Pin we had on display.

I explained, “These little feet are the exact size and shape of a baby’s feet at ten weeks after conception.”

He was quiet, so I continued:  “It’s interesting that babies are commonly aborted at ten weeks. One student was told her ten-week pregnancy was just a blob of tissue. What do you think? Does this look like a blob of tissue to you?”

He said, “No, it’s a baby.”

He was thoughtful for a moment then said softly, “My girlfriend had an abortion—but she HAD to!”

“She HAD to get an abortion? Why?

“It made her sick!  She even threw up!”

I said, “Did you know it’s normal to experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy? It’s especially common to feel sick during the first three months.”

“It is?”  Then he became quiet and pensive. “I didn’t know.”

  • Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?    Proverbs 24:11-12
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  • SONG: SEVEN TIMES A DAYBy Kathleen
    [This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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Sunday Morning & Another Cruise Ship

It was a Princess Cruise.  As I’d done in the past, I approached the cruise director asking permission to lead an interdenominational Bible study.

He was enthusiastic! He said I could do it Sunday morning and he would give me the theater! I thought to myself, “Hmm…the theater holds at least a thousand people.  Oh well, I suppose I could gather the usual 30-50 people over in a corner.”

Sunday morning I arrived ten minutes early and was shocked to discover the theater was already half full.  Each entrance had a table with stacks of hymnals!  The stage had been converted to an altar with a large brass cross, tall electric candles and a podium.

I started to panic.  My little study in Colossians was not going to work.  My first thought was to quietly back up and disappear.  But instead, I picked up a hymnal and walked down the center aisle, praying like crazy.  I greeted those in front and tried to act confident.

I stepped to the podium at exactly 9AM and suggested we open our hymnals to Amazing Grace—a song familiar to both Protestants and Catholics.  Next I opened in prayer. Then I introduced myself.

“I am not a pastor, nor a minister. I’m simply a guest, as you are. However, for several years I have been a volunteer chaplain in our county jail back home.” For some reason, that comment brought a peal of laughter.

During the laughter God spoke to me.  I didn’t actually hear Him, but I felt Him direct me to speak to the people as if they were inmates.  So I did. I was winging it, and yet I wasn’t. It was almost as if God was speaking through me.

I began, “Let me ask you a question that I often ask inmates.  That is, ‘Who is Jesus Christ to you, personally?’”

People from all over the theater began calling out answers. I repeated the answers as I heard them and told them these are the same types of answers I often hear from inmates: “Jesus was a great teacher. Jesus was the ultimate role model. Jesus was a good person, an historical figure. He was the Son of God.” These are all true statements, but they don’t answer my question, “Who is Jesus to you, personally?”

There were two couples sitting together down in the front that called out, “My personal Lord and Savior!” I instantly felt a connection with them. Somehow I knew they were praying for me.  Later I discovered I was right.

I said, “When inmates tell me, ‘Jesus is my personal Savior.  He is everything to me,’ they are letting me know that Jesus Christ has personally impacted their lives.

“Another question I might ask is, ‘If you were to die today, do you know where you’d go?’ Often inmates say they are pretty confident they’d go to heaven because a few years ago they prayed a prayer and got saved.  It doesn’t seem to concern them that they have continued to live a life of sin.

“Recently an inmate said, ‘I think I deserve heaven because I’m a good person. I’ve never really done anything wrong.’ I wanted to say ‘HELLO! Do you know where you are?’”

Somehow I filled 25 minutes and the response from passengers amazed me. Several actually requested we meet again mid-week!  The cruise director was again pleased.

Since then I have led many on-board church services—adding altar calls.  But now I come with a prepared message—it makes it much easier!

  • Wherever we go there are people who need the Lord.  God wants to use us to be His light to a lost world.  Have you ever considered leading a church service on a cruise ship?  Would you?
  • You are the light of the world.  A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.     Matthew 5:14
  • SONG: I KNOW HIMBy Kathleen 
[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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It’s Impolite to Stare

A disabled man with a shriveled leg,                                                                                                  Loaded down with a grocery bag                                                                                                   Somehow manages his own wheelchair                                                                                              I quickly turn away, it’s impolite to stare.

A woman approaches, pushed from behind                                                                                Distorted, deformed, bitter, unkind                                                                                                    I resist the temptation to gaze at the chair                                                                                          Instead, turn away, it’s impolite to stare.

Sure I care, but what can I do?                                                                                                          I’ve got my own problems and I’m busy, too!                                                                                 So when I see an approaching chair                                                                                                     I turn away, it’s impolite to stare.

I turn away but I have no peace                                                                                                         What is this feeling that gnaws at me                                                                                                This attitude of mine, could it be sin?                                                                                                 I turn away but I struggle within.

How would I feel if heads turned away                                                                                            As I approached they’d have nothing to say                                                                                What if my life were ordained as such                                                                                          Even with God’s grace, could I handle as much?

It’s lonely enough for the average Joes                                                                                           But think how it must be for those                                                                                                Who, anywhere their wheelchair goes                                                                                             Perceives the populace look down its nose.

Attitudes like these are very real                                                                                                    The lack of love just makes them feel                                                                                       They’re in the way and they’re unwanted                                                                                          But will this leave their souls undaunted?

So I said to myself, “Next time, wheelchair!                                                                                      I’ll not turn away, nor will I stare                                                                                                      I’ll avoid the extremities, broken and maimed                                                                             And will search out the eyes that have seen so much pain.

“I’ll offer a smile to that one sitting there                                                                                        To show my acceptance of her and her chair                                                                                    I will not rush through the moment so brief                                                                                 Perhaps I’ll even say ‘Hi!’ when we meet.

“But I know for certain I won’t turn away                                                                                         The encounter might even season the day.”

And so I did it…I smiled at the face                                                                                                 And she smiled back!  Now THAT is God’s grace.

  • For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.    Psalm 139:13-14
  • SONG:  THE PARALYTIC  – Music by Kathleen

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    [This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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