I was going to discuss how the Lord uses our adversities to strengthen us much like the Olympic athletes must use difficult and strenuous workouts to build their muscles and endurance. But then in the worship service this morning, we sang the Jordan Kauflin hymn "All I Have Is Christ," and I thought that this hymn says it better than I could. "All I have is Christ, Jesus is my life." The words to the last stanza and chorus follow:
"Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You
Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life."
We went back to the wound doctor a week or so ago and the wound on Lynn's back was all closed up so he dismissed us to go on our merry way. We were very happy and thankful. Then a few days ago it opened up again. So we continue to fight that battle.
Father, thank you for all you have done for us You called us to yourself to serve You. Would you give us strength for today and renew our hope for tomorrow as we know that Your mercies are new each morning. Father, grant Lynn and others who suffer physical limitations grace and peace that passes all understanding. Grant all of us the same grace and peace as we will all have to deal with many kinds of trials for the rest of our days. Give us thankful hearts because You have granted us salvation from our sins and eternal life with You, for You are our portion forever, through Jesus Christ, Your Son our Lord, Amen.
Doug and Lynn and family