Friday, April 29, 2011

29th April

Today’s been a difficult day, not that Jane is particularly worse than before, although her condition has certainly not improved. It’s just the on-going slog is very tiring; it’s such hard work for Jane to do anything. Last night was not a good night so she’s off on the wrong foot before the day starts. But this evening she ate a complete small meal for the first time for ages… fish fingers, chips and beans!

A couple of days ago the well-known David Wilkerson died in a car accident. He was aged 79 and was well known for his addiction recovery programmes running in many countries. We’ve listened to messages from his church since visiting it in New York and quite by chance I stumbled upon this blog published the day he died. It’s very relevant to our situation so I’ve copied it below.

David Wilkerson April 27th 2011
To believe when all means fail is exceedingly pleasing to God and is most acceptable. Jesus said to Thomas, “You have believed because you have seen, but blessed are those that do believe and have not seen” (John 20:29).
Blessed are those who believe when there is no evidence of an answer to prayer—who trust beyond hope when all means have failed.
Someone has come to the place of hopelessness—the end of hope—the end of all means. A loved one is facing death and doctors give no hope. Death seems inevitable. Hope is gone. The miracle prayed for is not happening.
That is when Satan’s hordes come to attack your mind with fear, anger, overwhelming questions: “Where is your God now? You prayed until you had no tears left. You fasted. You stood on promises. You trusted.”
Blasphemous thoughts will be injected into your mind: “Prayer failed. Faith failed. Don’t quit on God—just do not trust him anymore. It doesn’t pay!”
Even questioning God’s existence will be injected into your mind. These have been the devices of Satan for centuries. Some of the godliest men and women who ever lived were under such demonic attacks.
To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.”
Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.

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