Monday, January 20, 2014

New Week--Prayers for A Church Member--Short Latin Lesson

January 20, 2014

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Another Monday has come along, and I can hardly wait to see what all God has planned for me this week. It's gonna be awesome, I'm sure, cause God don't do nothin' halfway.

Yesterday was 'grub Sunday' at church and there was lots of food and fellowship after services. Durin' the services, however, there was a tense moment when one of our older members, a sweet gentleman named Gerald, developed heart issues. He and his wife began walkin' out of the church, and we all saw that somethin' was terribly wrong. Our church has a system set into place for just such times as this, and we had men quickly come forward and support Gerald, women came to support Rita, his wife, 911 was called, and they were escorted outside to await the ambulance. There was no panic, no disruption of the Spirit, just a quiet hush as we all began to pray for this wonderful man and his sweet wife. Within moments, the ambulance arrived, and he was whisked away to the local hospital. We all knew that thre was nothin' more we could do at the time, so we continued to praise and worship the Creator of the Universe, the Great Physician, and thank Him for whatever He was about to do.

Later I received a text that Gerald was doing fine, he was in good spirits, and would stay overnight for observation, My biggest concern is for the lady who is proud to be called his wife. She is a tiny, sweet, lovin' little lady, and I know that she loves that man dearly. She has issues with anxiety attacks, and I ask that ya'll would please pray not only for her and her husband, but also for their Grandson, Casey. Casey is a young man who became a Christian about two months ago, and he loves the Lord with all his heart. He is an astonishin' young man, and I know that this is hard on him as well.

I'm so thankful that God has placed us in this church at this time of our lives. These folks have a real love for Jesus, and for the people not only in our church, but also for the community. Like it said on the sign in LONESOME DOVE, "uva uvam vivendo varia fit", or--

"Grapes ripen better in a bunch"

John 15:1-8 states;

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you.No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in meand my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

We have a good church in that none of us 'grapes' has to try to ripen on our own. We have not only Jesus the Vine, but many others in our 'bunch' that helps us to grow and ripen in the image of Jesus.

I pray that ya'll have good 'bunches' in your life, too.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2014

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