Tuesday, March 18, 2008

COMFORT OF HOPE...part 3

I titled this chapter COMFORT OF HOPE..because that is exactly what it is..COMFORTing to know that we can have hope in the LORD; in his work and his will.

To rest upon his promises...the innumerable promises found in his Word.

As I read the scriptures I find the treasures of GOD.

Treasure: Wealth, riches stored: highly prized: cherished: for future use.

Imagine that this treasure is given us...for use as we need! riches to enhance our lives to fulfillment, highly prized as the BEST and absolutely CHERISHED.

There have been times in my life that I have actually held my BIBLE to my breast and with awe have hugged it, as it is HIM.

St. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

So much thankfulness overflows in my heart for the promises that have been mine and more that are mine!

One cannot know the power nor the treasure of His Word without knowing him..the LORD. Just as a letter comes to you from one you do not know..can you comprehend the depths of their words? A total stranger? NO. But, know the person in a very personal way and YES, their words can reach to the depths of your heart and you can understand, yea, even the simplest words.

Does... I LOVE YOU...mean anything from a STRANGER... you'd ask WHY are YOU saying this to ME? I don't know you!

Know the person well and the heart of the individual and...I LOVE YOU...could transform your heart ..give you such JOY....such happiness of belonging. Three simple words.

...God is love. I John 4:8b

And so...as the days pass with my son's condition and knowing we have numbered days, we rest in this love of GOD. We trust and we wait upon his appointed time.

The days, many weary. Some days Stephen's congestion is so bad that a therapist is needed and shows me how to massage his back to loosen phlegm. His hearing is now only 50%. Other days he needs morphine to rest his body.

One visit as I held, him a nurse came into minister the meds. He immediately slumped in my arms..renewing my mind to the fact of this very grave time. His impending death. I held him closely, my eyes full...my husbands arms reached around my shoulder and his eyes were full too.

It was only November....will it be this month? Will it be next month? Before his first birthday?...that is April.

What do you do at such a time? You pray, you hold the hand of your loved one, you have thankfulness in your heart to those who have helped you: family, friends, hospital staff. You cherish the letters, the calls. You humble your heart and mind to the frailty of man and know GOD. You put "self" aside and HIM first. You talk to GOD...every moment of the day, and he hears.

You look and see....the work he is doing and you rejoice. It overcomes the sorrow and fears. You know GOD is with you...his presence is known.

Behold, we count them happy with endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the LORD; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
James 5:11


Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
For that, ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
James 4:14-15

8 comments:

Pam--in Jerusalem said...

AMEN!!

HOPE said...

Thank you Pam...

just a simple word to state how you feel..


AMEN!

I wonder how many people realize that AMEN...means in agreement or very TRULY! I use to think it was just an ending word. As a child my memorized prayers of no heart taught me that! But, reading God's word has taught me otherwise!

Daughter of the King said...

I agree with Pam, with AMEN...and will add that it seems rough at times going through these type of moments, but through them you LEARN as you LEAN and then a precious writer like you passes on their experience to help those of us, which is all of us, at one time or another ..can reflect back and know that it is about the Lord and trusting HIM and staying focused. Thanks for such a endearing post, Hope.
Pray you are feeling better.
Deby

HOPE said...

Thank you Deby for your sweet words..and friendship.

Absolutely...LEARN and LEAN...good words!

What joy it is to read your heartfelt and submissive words to the LORD.

Michele @ Cherish the Home said...

I have been very blessed by all 3 chapters of Comfort of Hope, praise the Lord!

I especially liked:

One cannot know the power nor the treasure of His Word without knowing him..the LORD. Just as a letter comes to you from one you do not know..can you comprehend the depths of their words? A total stranger? NO. But, know the person in a very personal way and YES, their words can reach to the depths of your heart and you can understand, yea, even the simplest words.

Such a blessing, thank you for allowing Him to use you.

And I also wanted to thank you for the lovely comments you left on my blog. Isn't it wonderful that we can bless each other in this way? (o:

Many Blessings and {{{Hugs}}},
~Michele

Michele @ Cherish the Home said...

Hope,

You asked if you could use my post about 'The Thorns' on your blog. Go right ahead, I hope lots of people post it.

Besides I didn't write it anyway. (o;

Blessings,
~Michele

HOPE said...

Thank you so much for the "comments" ;) and what a joy it brings my heart to know you were blessed in reading my story.

God bless your endeavors as well to serve and bless others in the LORD.

Daughter of the King said...

Happy Easter to you and yours!
HE is RISEN, HE IS RISEN Indeed.
Deby