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!
3 O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. 4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. 5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Psalm 30:3-5 KJV
Depression drags your soul into the grave
And whispers that this pit is all there is;
Here hope is gone, here darkness does enslave,
Here death does pierce your heart and claims as his.
It seems as if the Lord has turned away,
As if His anger’s robbed your faith and dream.
But turn around, my friend, please don’t dismay.
He’s never left your side; you’re still a team.
Reach out to Jesus! Life is in His hand;
His love is like the morning over night.
He holds you in His arms, the dark is banned.
God’s grace shines all the time; the future’s bright.
When darkest night of soul weighs down on you,
The dawn is certain: Christ will see you through.
REMEMBER: It is always the darkest before the dawn.
7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
James 5:7-8 KJV
This food you eat some farmer took the time
To grow the crop from seed to harvest day.
He must have patience for the rainy clime
Like grace upon the thirsty soul convey.
The best things are worth all the waiting for:
A baby takes nine months to come to term.
When mother holds the child she bore before,
The time it took for this she will affirm.
Be patient for the day when Christ returns.
Establish now your heart to persevere,
And love no matter what be your concern,
For when that day arrives will all be clear.
The coming of the Lord is drawing nigh.
The harvest soon will come to glorify.
REMEMBER: Jesus might come today. Be diligent!
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Matthew 13:44 KJV
Those blinded by the god of this world fail
To find the gospel set within their reach.
When you show them this treasure might the scale
At last with Spirit’s nudge fall from the breach.
And then to see the light shine from their eyes
As they begin to feel their soul set free,
And, O, the Holy Ghost within them rise
As they come to the cross and like Him dies!
Then nothing in the world could buy them back
For they have given Jesus all they’ve got.
The Savior paid the price; though sins were black,
He made them white as snow, both sought and bought.
There is a man and woman stumbling ’round,
Just waiting for the gospel to be found.
REMEMBER: Commit to telling at least one person today about this greatest of all treasures, the gospel.