Tuesday, August 23, 2011

God offers comfort to all

Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! It is a beautiful, clear morning and we did not get any rain in this area yesterday. Yay!

I had an interesting morning/afternoon yesterday. I took my friend to the doctor, and we left there to go to the radiology place in Pinellas Park, and while I was waiting , an Asian woman who was filling out her form, came over and sat beside me and asked for help in spelling. At first I had difficulty understanding her, but then I realized through a bit of sign language, what she wanted, so I helped her with the form. Then, she started asking me personal questions..how old I was, did I live in a house, where was my husband, couldn't believe I lived alone in a what must have seemed to her, a big house, etc., and other flattering things. I think in their culture, they take care of the older people and all live in the same house. I know my neighbor up the street, from Cambodia, I think, has three generations living in his house. I was able to understand most of what she said because she spoke my language a lot better than I would have spoken hers. It was an unexpected encounter. She also wanted to know how I knew my friend, and I told her from church, and that lead to another discussion. God puts all kinds of people in our paths, daily.

After we stopped for lunch at Olive Garden, which had a thunderstorm while we were there, my friend and I headed for her house, where it had not rained at all. I dropped her off, and then drove to the park. Only three cars were there, and one of them was the teachers, so I got out and walked out to the shelter at the entrance bridge. It was overcast and a cool, rain smelling breeze was blowing, but I was not dressed for a walk, so I just looked over the railing at the little gator, who lives on the mud bank directly below. He is really growing fast! He must be about two feet long by now. Still the same color as the mud, though. God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. He comforts us in all our  troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. You can be sure that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. So when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your benefit  and salvation! For when God comforts us, it is so that we, in turn, can be an encouragement to you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in suffering, you will also share God's comfort. .

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs, Amaryllis