LET ME INTRODUCE TO TOM AND KAREN
In yesterday’s post I made the claim that God’s purposes in our lives change but he has a purpose for each of his children regardless of our circumstances.
Today I want to introduce you, my dear Friends, to my sister Karen and her husband, Tom. In past decades they have had lives so filled with Godly ministries and activities. Piano playing, church board, hospitality, teaching, witnessing, especially one and one in daily activities filled with friends, co-workers, and family. Then came retirement years, barely arriving before debilitating health issues. Tom finds it very difficult to leave the home now except for an occasional visit with family, doctors, and church. He lives with shots, pain, weakness, and infections. Karen is caretaker.
To what purpose?
Consider this: Karen put the following status on Facebook yesterday morning.
“Many times as Tom and I are awake just lying in bed I say ” Tommy, tell me about Jesus”. He always starts out this way….”Aww, where do I start….( then it goes something like this) He’s the Lily of the Valley, He’s the bright and morning star,…He’s a friend that sticks closer than a brother…He will never leave you or forsake you…He’s the Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end….He’s our healer, our provider our soon coming King. He’s all we need in this life and to take us to heaven…..soon tears have my hair and pillow wet. Jesus showed up!!!! It works every time. Thank you Jesus!!!”
So many friends have responded with thanks to them for their lives lived with Jesus. One person said, “I remember one Sunday school lesson that Tom was teaching about how real Jesus is. I remember Karen Crawford with her Sunday school book in her hand saying he is as real as this book in my hand.” Another said, “I can hear Tom’s voice as you describe it. So miss our days at Assembly when he would minister and speak his heart.”
John 11:4 Jesus said “this sickness….is for God’s glory…” Today I have seen evidence of that.