This is my friend. I met him at church. He wore a smile most of the time. The last time I saw him, nothing was different. He was just the odd guy with hair that was died too black.
It turns out, the last time I chatted with him may be the last time I will ever chat with him. An opportunistic virus has invaded his body and there is an incredible fight going on between life and death. He didn’t plan it this way. Life’s choices may have played a part in creating the opportunity for this virus, but it was not his plan..
Likely, his plans were much like yours and mine. Plans to marry and have children. Live a long life. Retire and bounce grandkids on his knees. That is not the way life turned out.
It makes me wonder about my life. If and when an opportunistic virus comes my way, will I be ready? Will I fear death or will I embrace it? I don’t know. What I do know is to live each day the Father gives me as if it is my last.
I hope to be a blessing to those I encounter. I hope that others see Jesus in me and desire to have the same peace I have in living that I hope to have in dying.
I pray my wife and son with extended families will look upon my life with favor and believe I made my choices according to God’s will and favor on my life. I pray my choices have brought God’s favor on them.
Pray for my friend.
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When I looked at this man I immediately saw the picture my son took of me two and a half years ago while I lay in a coma. Of course I will pray…
You know this hit home way too close! I will pray! These questions I have asked on a daily basis now. You have vocalized them in writing for me. My prayer is that I will not be afraid and that I will have no regrets! That it will be evident in my living that God was the most important thing. Thank you for living outside the box! I love you brotha 🙂
Archie. Just wanted to give an update. The Lord is good and he has recovered and was actually sent home today. He is still needing prayer and guidance. Please join with me in asking that our friend’s mind will be renewed and strengthend to a point of soundness and the ability to care for himself.
Praise God! Having endured near death twice within a year and the trauma my family went through seeing me in an 8 day coma this is great news. The sea is raging and much uncertainty surrounds, but fear not. He is ever with you.
Will contniue to lift him up in prayer!!! Sickness is is no fun but let me tell you even though I question my own faith at times I know htat God Loves me and he loves you as well!! Be Blessed!!