Well, here it is a beautiful calm, warm, sunny day on the last day of April and I can’t go outside and work in my garden. I’ve been ill with a bad case of Bronchitis and a little Pneumonia thrown in for good measure for about two weeks now. I don’t dare set foot outside for a while until I get this stuff all cleared out of my system. I haven’t been to church for two Sundays in a row so I’m beginning to feel a little alienated from everything that’s going on. It’s a good thing that I have friends and family that keeps me informed and encouraged.
Gary came home from church this Sunday and reported that the attendance was down because several were in the same boat that I am in; namely, too sick to go anywhere. I think the allergies that are floating around in the air are causing most of the problem. I know that the doctor reported that they have been inundated with many patients who are seriously ill, as a probable result of allergy problems, these past few weeks. But, the work of the Lord continues on as we recuperate from our afflictions. Gary Lirley led the congregation in hymns with piano accompaniment by Jeane Huff and guitar accompaniment by Jerry Maggard; to begin the church service at Red Bank. Jerry Huff was there to give a warm welcome to members and guest that were present. There were no birthday or anniversaries to be celebrated with mission offerings, but Margi Gates, humorously, reported that so far that morning four baby kittens had been born to her mama cat with more to be expected. Life does go on. Prayer was requested for the many that were too ill to attend, with trust that all will be healed and able to be back next week to worship the Lord together. I thank my husband for faithfully reporting much of what was said and done at church to benefit me and this news article.
For the morning sermon, Brother Les spoke from Isaiah 53. In this chapter of the Bible we find a message of hope; prophesied by the major prophet, Isaiah. This message was that God loved His creation of Man so much that he planned to send His Son, the Messiah, as the Savior of the World. This whole chapter describes what was to take place as God sent His Son, Jesus, to the World with a plan to pay the price for our sins by, willingly, taking our place on the Cross of Calvary. What miseries we cannot fix in our lives, God can. Brother Les said that each of us needs to remember to call out to God and not try to fix life’s problems by ourselves. Christ suffered all our sins at once on the Cross. Do we accept it? For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Visiting in our home last week was Jeane Huff and Pam Shell. Both came to visit and check on our well being. We do appreciate their show of love. Brother Les, Jennifer Lakey and Tattie Maggard also checked up on me over the phone.
Gary called his mother, Maxine Lirley, yesterday to check on her since we didn’t dare expose her to our ill health problems, by visiting her in person. She sounded great over the phone. She said that she was feeling fine and not to worry about her, but get well ourselves so we can come and visit her soon.
I hope all of you are feeling well. To have good health is such a blessing. Take care.