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.


Of course, we pray.  We ask for restoration and active retirement years.  How could we do less?  But meanwhile, “Thank you, Jesus, Our Peace, Our Hope, Our Salvation, Our Healer.”

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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20 Responses to DO I HAVE A PURPOSE?

  1. truly beautiful Oneta…and I am blessed…

  2. Quillpen says:

    Yea.God is real. He is the beginning and he is the end.

  3. Simply just awesome! Amen!

  4. Faye says:

    Thank you sincerely. This personal truth shared is the greatest of testimonies. I don’t think its until you get older and start to find the ‘things you did’ fading away ie the children you had in RE Classes etc etc, the ‘doing in church’, the joys of things ‘done unto Him’, sinking into the past…..BUT certainty (perhaps MORE than you ever believed possible of His Presence being a real and vital part of life when the physical starts to fade and the spiritual rises to the surface. Then God becomes the ONE…….the true source of life and living itself. Thank God! and thank you Oneta for continuing to be a faithful servant in what you write and share. Blessings!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you, Faye. It is both a joy and an obligation to dedicate a significant portion of our to the the Lord when we have lived long and still have a fruitful able time to do so. 😀

  5. caroline mwasigala says:


    • oneta hayes says:

      The Lord really is! And we can learn a bundle from his witnesses. Thanks, Caroline.

      • caroline mwasigala says:

        Oneta i would love to welcome you to visit my blog and see some of my poems

        • oneta hayes says:

          Caroline, thank you. I went over and found that I had marked your follow but I had not “turned on” the e-mails. That’s done, so now I will be notified when you post. I’ll will instantly catch you as you post. I get behind sometimes but this will work most of the time to keep me with you.

  6. Mary Ann says:

    Beautiful post.. My heart wishes the Lord would heal Tom, and ease his pain..

    • oneta hayes says:

      He came by today because they had to go to the doctor. My sister had to drive since he could not; the chemo is affecting his eye sight She was proud of herself for having driven through the city. She comes here but we are just on the suburbs. He was having a better day. Thanks for your concern and prayer.

  7. Laura says:

    What an amazing story. Beautiful testimony. Thanks so much for sharing. Makes me smile from the inside out. 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks, dear Laura. A true example of God’s ability to lead one through the tough times. Sometimes takes some time to “say not my will, but Thine” but a wonderful place to dwell after the conflict is over.

  8. calensariel says:

    Lovely tribute, Oneta. I’m on the Care Ministry Team at church and one of the ladies I visit is 104-year-old Eunice. It never fails that during our conversations she will say to me, “Why am I still here?” I just keep telling her God’s not done with her yet… There’s no expiration date on our purpose, is there,,,

    • oneta hayes says:

      I’m sure even at 104 God has a purpose for one being here. Sometimes the purpose might be “because someone needs you.” I have plans for a blog along this line; just got to get with it. 😀

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