Monthly Archives: November 2015

Tears On My Face

Dear Readers,

Happy Thanksgiving!  This child changed my thinking…

 

TEARS ON MY FACE    Journal Entry- 2015

Tough day today at the hospital.  As I entered one room a very young patient laid before me, all alone.  I tried to speak to the youngster, but it became obvious there would be no communication.  The child appeared to be blind, deaf, and mentally challenged, only able to hit his or her face continually and chew on one hand.  A well bandaged IV hung off the other arm.

The youth didn’t respond when I spoke, even up close.  I left some coloring stuff, but to no avail.

When I returned to the front desk/gift shop, I was asked, “Claire, are there any children in the hospital who would like some balloons?  We have some available!”

So I took four of them back to that sweet baby’s room.  I decided to try again to communicate with the toddler and received no response.  I tried rubbing the little tyke’s forehead and finally got a slight reaction.  The child seemed to relax, calm down, and with partially closed eyes, the baby enjoyed the gentle feel of my cool hand touching his tiny forehead.

I stayed as long as I could, then left, fighting back my own tears.  “Why God?” I prayed, “Why… Please Father, You said in your Word we could ask anything in Jesus’s name and it will be given.  So I’m asking, please heal this baby totally or take the child home to be with You, where the world will be peaceful, pain free and joyous.”

All day long this youngster weighed heavy on my heart.  For hours, tears came to my eyes at the thought of so much suffering.  I prayed and prayed begging the Lord to do something, knowing He could, but wondering if He would.  I travailed for this tiny body lying in that bed with an IV hanging off one arm.

Finally, I’m here writing about this sweetheart and wondering why I ever complain about anything, my grandchild being born deaf, my hubby’s aches and pains, my children’s problems, and on and on and on.  My troubles are nothing compared to this baby’s problem being there all alone in a hospital bed, probably for the rest of his or her life.

Remember to be thankful for all you have!

Love in Christ,  Claire xoxo

1 Thess. 5:16-18, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  (NIV)

P.S.  The next time I returned to work, that special child was gone.  I will always wonder where.

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The Salvation Gift

Dear Readers,

As an inspector/dispatcher back in 2002, for the city bus company, between my coworkers and passengers my responsibilities were often trying.  One day the Lord pleasantly surprised me…

THE SALVATION GIFT,     Journal Entry- August 9, 2002

My Lord is so cool!  Yesterday was stressful at work, but God chose, right in the middle of it all, to use me in a special way…

As Inspector at City Hall, a panicky young passenger came to me about his lost cell phone.  I searched it out and found it on another bus, already back at the garage.  As I drove the young man back to the bus barn, he said something that caught my attention, “If God be for you, who can be against you?”

I seized the moment, “Are you a born-again Christian?”

“No!” he replied, “But last week I went to church with my Christian friend and I almost accepted Jesus!”

I felt zealous in my Spirit, “Well why didn’t you?  It’s a decision you will never ever regret making!”  And before he could even reply I said, “Let’s pray now!”

His gentle touch reached over to me from the back seat of the inspector car.  As I drove down the road we held hands and prayed the salvation prayer together, “Lord, I admit I’m a sinner, I believe Jesus is the Son of God, forgive me for my sins.  Jesus come into my heart!  Thank you Lord, amen!”

Habib was his name and he was so excited the rest of the ride.  He told me stories about angels, his Christian friends, and his fiancé.  As we reached the bus garage and he was handed his brand new lost cell phone, I told him, “Now you are a King’s kid and you have favor with God!”  I recommended he get a bible and start reading in the book of John.

As I introduced him to one of my Christian friends at work and explained that he just got saved, my coworker shook his hand and congratulated him.  I quickly retuned to City Hall and Habib disappeared into the crowd.  It all happened so fast that I’m not sure I even remember what he looked like, or if I will ever see him again.  I was elevated the entire rest of my work day.

God is so good!  Today was priceless!  It reinforced my belief that God is definitely in control.

Love in Christ,  Claire xoxo

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (NIV)

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