Casting Crowns, Hallelujah

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The God of all Comfort

You can tell what kind of mood I'm in by looking at what music I'm listening to.  I guess that's true of all of us.  For me, if you hear me listening to James Taylor, it's a safe bet that I'm feeling sad or depressed or in need of comfort.  And that is what I'm listening to right now.

I have cabin extremely bored...and am, maybe, feeling sorry for myself.  I'm beginning to fear that my ankle will forever be painful...and that I will have to use the wheelchair or the knee walker from now on. 

Oh gosh now Art Garfunkel is singing "Bridge over Troubled Water"  I have a history with this song too.  When I was in High School I had some health problems and was in Columbia Presbyterian hospital in NYC....alone, frightened and sad.  One of my good friends gave me a tape for my Walkman of James Taylor's Greatest Hits and on the other side was the Eagles Greatest Hits. 

And while going through this ordeal another friend told me that he was my bridge for whenever I needed to cross some troubled water.  And he wrote down the lyrics for the song in a card to me.  And these songs comforted my heart....and even now, 35 years later, I still turn to these songs when I'm going through emotional turmoil. 

Is it wrong to accept comfort from anyone other than the Lord?  Do you know the verse which called God "the God of all Comfort"?  It just occurred to me today that that might mean that from whatever source a child of God finds comfort, that comfort is from God and God is in it and caring for them in the midst of trouble of any kind.  (Now obviously this does not mean that drugs, alcohol or other addictive behaviors qualify for being comfort from God.  Rather they are snares sent by the evil one to snag, entice and destroy  the faith, health and life of the believer who has indulged in this type of unhealthy behavior.) 

That means that old sweatshirt that is comforting to wear, a soft favorite blanket on your bed, a card, letters or phone calls from someone who cares all come to us from the hand of God.  God created the whole gamut of creation and he watches and ordains and is INVOLVED in each of his children's lives and it would be wrong to divorce God from an earthly comfort and to believe that God does not use sources from this world --songs, books, artwork, --to comfort his children.  God is not a religious snob, who refuses the comfort of his creation to go out to one of his kids who is suffering.

I thank God for his comforts. 
I really need them now.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Thanks, Prayers and Thoughts

First let me say that I'm blown away by the fact that 104,500ish people have visited my blog and that there are 55 email subscribers.  THANK YOU readers for sticking with me through the years!  I've laid myself bare in this blog and in my book and you may feel like you know me pretty well....But for me? I don't know who you are at all except for the few who have "followed" the blog.  I do wish more of you would comment...that way it would feel like more of a dialogue.  Anyway.  Sometimes (like right now) I don't know what to write about.  I could tell you of our well pump breaking and the expensive hassle that was, but who really wants to hear that??

I would like to ask you, those of you who are Believers in and followers of Yahweh, to pray for my mom.  She has been in and out of hospitals and nursing homes for the past five years. She is pretty much confined to a recliner (sound familiar?) and is so weak she can hardly make it to the bathroom,  My dad is an angel and cares for her constantly.  He is even doing the cooking!! (I'd never seen him so much as make toast in my growing up years. lol)  Mom is quite discouraged and is questioning God about the turn her life has taken.  True.  She is 80 years old and maybe illness should not come as a surprise.  But mom has always been strong and independent (except that she doesn't drive)...and also, despite having a rheumatoid disease which gave her bad arthritis, she was always pretty healthy.  So this is a shock and a huge change in her life. So please, if you would and if you think of her, pray for her.

I am tossing around the idea of moving into senior/disability housing where I will be able to use my wheelchair if need be and where I will have greater access to town and shopping instead of being stranded on this mountain, half an hour from civilization.  The waiting list is generally two years long and while that will give me time to parse down my belongings and get rid of a bunch of STUFF...I only hope by the time a place opens up, that I will still be independent enough to live alone.  I think I will be able to have an aide so that much is good.  I haven't lived alone for over 30 years....but I have pretty much plumbed the depths of loneliness here in this house stranded and solitary.  So really--there I will have neighbors and can take the county bus into town (which is two minutes away) and it's closer to all my MDs in NY.  People have been urging me to take this step for some years now and it's maybe time to start taking steps in that direction.

I hope you all have a great weekend.  Vaya con Dios!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Note to Readers

After re-reading my last post (Benefits of being a Christian) there were several things I didn't like about it.  It was inaccurate and could have been written a lot better. So today I edited it and hopefully you will find it an improvement.

Also I will be updating the video. The one I am putting up is one of my new favorites.  It is a great worship song...the kind that makes my spirit soar.  I hope you like it.