My left shoulder was so damaged that the Ortho Drs could not repair or replace it conventionally, so they had to do a ‘reverse total shoulder arthroplasty’. I am now in a large, bulky and cumbersome immobilization device designed to keep my shoulder from falling apart until it’s had time to heal. This could take up to two months.
From the instant I awoke in recovery I was in the clutches of pain I’d never known or imagined. At one point I began confessing to every crime committed in the past 1,500 years. Even now, 6 days after surgery and at home, it continues to demand center stage of my consciousness. However, from the instant I awoke in recovery and up to now, the image and presence of Christ has been with me like a lighthouse of love and hope. It has not reduced my pain by one iota, but as long as I keep Him center stage, He helps me grow in understanding, compassion and gratitude. This experience is now an integral part of my testimony as it strengthens my faith and solidifies my belief in Jesus as my one and only Lord, and in whom I can trust will be with me no matter what. “Lo, I am with you always” indeed! (Matthew 28:20)
I was commissioned and led by the Holy Spirit to write a sonnet each day for certain scriptures given to me, with the very clear intent to help new disciples understand the word and the Word more fully. That was over two and a half years ago. This intense labor of love produced two self-published books: Sonnets in the Key of Christ and Devotions for the Child of God: A Year of Sonnetized Scriptures. These past couple of months it felt as if this mission might be coming to a close, and I began to pray for a sign of closure. I believe this shoulder incident qualifies as an adequate sign, don’t you? As I heal, my eyes and ears and mind and heart and soul are receptive and eager to serve Christ in whatever capacity He desires. I promise to keep you updated here regardless.
Thank you for your prayers. I love you as Jesus loves me.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Revelation 21:4 KJV
You’re grieving now, I know. I’m grieving, too.
A soul we love so dearly’s passed away.
Our tears fall now and sadness pushes through.
We mourn our loss but know that one fine day
There will be no more death, no last embrace,
No sorrow, no more mourning, no more pain.
The love of Christ our Lord shall be in place,
The glory of His presence then shall reign,
And God shall wipe all tears from all our eyes;
Here crying is replaced with laughter’s song.
We’ll reunite with loved ones; joy will rise,
For we will all be where we should belong.
We’ve lost a friend and sister here today,
But soon these sort of things shall pass away.
REMEMBER: Let us celebrate in Christ, for we will one day be reunited.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 KJV
You go to bed assured that you will wake;
A pregnant woman knows her child will come;
You drool just thinking of that chocolate cake;
Guitarists play the song before they strum.
Now, faith is not believing it will be,
It’s knowing that it is before it is.
I do not have to touch, don’t have to see
To know that Jesus lives; my heart is His.
It was by faith Christ calmed the tempest sea,
By faith He made the blind man see anew.
Within the grace of God you’ll find the key:
You live by faith in everything you do.
In faith you have the truth to set you free.
The tiny seed contains the mighty tree.
REMEMBER: Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation. (D. Elton Trueblood)
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. 23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 19:20-23 KJV
If you’re a good soul, keeping every law,
You love your fellow man and God as well,
If you don’t follow Christ, this fateful flaw
Will drag you to the hoary gates of hell.
Don’t think if you’ve got money all is lost,
It’s where you place your trust and confidence.
Take up your cross like Him at any cost; *
Put all your hope in Christ at life’s expense.
The question’s this: what’s your priority?
What currency do you spend all your time?
It’s more than being willing that’s the key;
It’s what control your life’s the paradigm.
What drives your soul is what’s been sacrificed.
There’s power in the blood of Jesus Christ.
REMEMBER: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 KJV)
* Matthew 16:24
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Revelation 14:6-7 KJV
Behold! Those great and fearful days will come,
The tribulation of those left behind,
Without the Holy Ghost to then become
Convicted of the Truth as so defined.
The Gospel will be spread to everyone
In every tongue that dwells upon the earth,
Salvation by the blood of Christ the Son,
As God so loved the world to bring rebirth.
The choice must then be made to choose the Lord,
To worship Him that made the universe,
Or so remain among the heathen horde
And so be judged with death and even worse.
Fear God! The angel cried across the land,
Choose now behind which banner you shall stand!
REMEMBER: Come to the cross now without delay!