Wow, Andrew! Love your poetic words and amazing metaphor - "The wine-grapes glow in the warm sun; the wheat nods its head in the summer breeze. But only on the other side of the crushing of the press and the scourging of the threshing floor do they find their true purpose." I've never thought about that before but it's so true! In your case, it's not a crushing that I want you to experience, but am so glad you have found your purpose and calling amidst the pain. We are all better for it. Prayers for you and Barbara, my friend!
Beth, thank you so much...and yes, the pain and everything with it has been the definition of what I could become, what I was meant to become. I don't resent it, wouldn't change it.Embracing the pain seems kind of like embracing the bleeding broken Christ. Does that make sense?We thank you so much for the prayers! And we are praying for that elbow!
Andrew, these words mean more to me today than anything you have ever written, and all your words have been life-giving. There is purpose in the pain. How we try to medicate ourselves out of it (and I do see purpose in meds). But we also self medicate in so many other ways. Bless you, my friend! He is risn and so shall you be also!
Mary, wow...I am so honoured! And there certainly is a purpose in meds, yes...pain can kill you, all by itself.Thank you so much for this, and for being here.
Every.word. My granddaughter (21) went to Israel with Liberty University and when she was at the Western Wall? SHE PRAYED FOR YOU. TWICE. Holy Spirit brought YOU to her mind. She's heard me speak of you and I've told her about our friendship and she prayed for "THE MERC AS SHE STOOD AT THE WAILING WALL."
Susan, you and your grand-daughter just made my day, and as I am writing this, there was a God-thing...the sun came out from behind the clouds!Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!
Andrew, when Hannah told me she did that? I cried. Big snot tears.
Well said. Thank you for posting them.
Norma, my dear friend, thank you. Praying for you and your Mum.
This was so beautifully written, Andrew! Thank you so much for being faithful to inspire us to live each moment to the fullest with our whole being. "It’s the message we pay forward from the foot of the Cross." Amen. Blessings, love and hugs to you and Barb!
Gayl, thank you so much! I really appreciate your words. Barb and I send blessings, love and hugs your way!
Beautiful, Andrew. Your words resonate on a deep level. Thank you for sharing the horrible hard of your journey with us. It helps me understand so much more about life. Sending prayers and hugs to you and Barbara.
Jeanne, thank so so much...and we especially appreciate the prayers and hugs.
Andrew, thank you for not wasting your God given talent as a writer. Your words here inspire us all.
Jan, this comment means so much to me...thank you!