What an awesome day! Bruce and I attended a lecture on the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was held at Brite. The lecturer is going to be my professor this fall for my class on the Dead Sea Scrolls. He was amazing and we had a wonderful time. I learned so much. My Daddy often called people who go to school for years and years “professional students.” I made a discovery today…learning is addictive! I do love studying the Bible and have considered getting another degree in Biblical Studies, but many of those degrees require language prerequisites of Hebrew and Greek, neither of which have I been able to work into my schedule. As much as I am looking forward to graduation in a few months, I know I will miss learning all of this.
Prayer alert: My friend Casey Carter experienced horrific pain in his abdomen last night, was relocated to ICU and then rushed back into surgery late this afternoon. To my knowledge he is still in surgery at this time 10:20 pm, Saturday night. The surgeons are trying to find out where the hole is in his abdomen that is causing this terrible infection and pain. Please pray for Casey and all who attend him in the OR. May God in His tender mercy hear our prayers. Thank you, mighty prayer warriors.
Prayer: Great Physician, healer of every ill, I lift up this child of God, Your servant, Casey, to You for healing, strength, trust, comfort, healing and restored health. Lord, in Your tender and healing mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning, I sing of your love for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.”
Psalm 59: 16-17
Casey Carter is a practicing Jew. He sings like an angel, is the cantor at a temple in Dallas and also sings with a Sunday choir in a Protestant church as a paid soloist. He is a remarkable gentleman who cooks like a culinary chef, especially at times of Jewish Holidays, a master gardener, a wonderful friend and has a kind and compassionate heart.
Casey’s circumstances have rendered his body weak, but I know his faith is strong. Being sick saps your energy and it takes strength to heal. We do not have to be physically sick to need this kind of help from God. When life happens to us harder than usual we must practice opening our eyes and finding God. Envision God standing near and offering us His help. Lean hard on God and let Him bear the weight and help us through.
Take joy in the journey remembering that hope does not disappoint. Wear comfortable shoes, pray for Casey and lift up the sacrifice of praise for this fine man and get some sleep. Love you all, Bruce, and Gaylene.
I am not moved by what I see. I am not moved by what I feel. I am only moved by what I believe and I believe God.