Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Rejoice Evermore....

Meet again…in Heaven.

Oh the joys of knowing God’s blessed Word. So many promises…and ones that have been and will be fulfilled. Our GOD is faithful!

Kathryn and I kept in touch by mail. She also called me on my birthdays. Her thankful heart always so evident as she told of the joys of the LORD in her life.

She and her boyfriend got married. The photo was just lovely of my dear sweet friend. She was happy…but he was not saved. She lived with hope and her own testimony of salvation's peace to show him how real GOD was in her life.

Then one day I received the call with the rejoicing news that her husband had trusted Christ as his own personal Saviour!

Oh how I cried…

"Thank you LORD…Thank you for giving her the desire of her heart! And mine!"

Truly as the Scripture say…

They that sow in tears, shall reap in joy. Psalm 126:5

One more soul….evidence of the good work God was doing in her life. Testimony of her faithfulness. I know that she shed many tears in patiently waiting for the day he’d see his great need of a Saviour.

He now understood that friendship she and I had…the tears she’d come home with after spending time with me in the Bible and how precious the LORD became to her.

He also could now appreciate ….STEPHEN.

He could never quite grasp the fullness of his short lived life…he always knew Kathryn had a giving and kind heart and also the compassion of a nurse. But he could never fully understand why there was a special bond with this child.

In my journal I have a letter that Kathryn sent to me years later….

“We went up to the village (the children and I) Christopher-Stephen was in the car asleep, I left Kate with him while Rebecca and I walked across to be with Stephen for a while. His tomb was covered in flowers and I wished that I’d taken my camera(I will next time) we knelt down and pray and thanked the LORD again for his life and all that he did while he was here with us. I then told Rebecca about him and you and why Christopher is called Stephen. She is very receptive and remembered it all to tell him and her Daddy.

So my love comes with this letter especially for you. I pray that you are well and as always I thank the LORD for you each day and will do for the rest of my life.
God bless you always…dear sister. Much Love, Kathryn."

Each letter still received to this day is a joy to my heart…a constant reminder…of the great work of God done in hearts. An encouragement that in time…fruit comes.

There are people out there still searching…seeking…for hope and assurance.
Seeking that testimony…that GOD is real.

Kathryn found this hope…as did her husband….

It is found in the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.


Pam--in Jerusalem said...

Praise the LORD!! This whole story is just wonderful! What a blessing that you are able to see the fruit of your labour. Some fruit we may never know of until Heaven. How precious that she named her son after Stephen!!

Deborah said...

Amen to Pam's comment! I'm going to be sad when you reach an end to these instalments!

HOPE said...

Thank you both for your encouraging comments...

and there is never an the LORD continues to do his good work in ALL our lives! AMEN...

Cathy said...

That is wonderful your friend's husband is saved! Thank you for visiting my blog and for your nice comment. I love your pretty heading.

Daughter of the King said...

oh this is good..once again...
and it sure teaches the importance of having a good testimony with those in our life and our neighborhood and wherever the Lord puts on. I have been thinking of that verse about being Fishers of men and thinking that it is a promise. I see you as a fisher...using opportunities as the Lord brings people and situations in your path

HOPE said...

Deby...and God lets those opporutiites come as we pray and desire to be used for his Glory and the salvation of others.

Thank you again for always encouraging me!

Domestically Inclined said...

God is so good to allow us to be comforted so we can comofrt others. I just noticed your son is in Iraq, we have been praying for all our troops there and am thakful He has opend the doors for many of His children to be able to be there, even if it is war. My brother has just retired after 23 years in the army and 3 stays in Iraq. btw, I can't figure out how to become a follower of your blog. Any tips?