"It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him." -Daniel 2:22
"Do not fear, for I am with you..." -Isaiah 43:5
"...we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion." -Daniel 9:18

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Goodbye 2008!

It's noon on New Year's Eve. Al has just called to say his company has shut things down and he is on his way home for another long weekend. He has been very discouraged this holiday season because he has had 2 or 3 nice, long weekends, but hasn't felt like doing anything.
The weekend after Christmas, some family and friends came over to shoot rifles and pistols, but the wind blew like a hurricane. He never shot one time. The next day was absolutely beautiful, but by then he had used all his energy for the weekend. Didn't even feel like going to church.
He has been hitting the pain pills pretty steady. He was reluctant to take them much at first, because he did not want to become depend. But the pain is just too much. He takes the less potent stuff during the day, but the oxycodone he takes as soon as he arrives home. We just pray that when the time comes that he doesn't need it anymore (hopefully, that is soon) that he will be able to put it down and walk away.
We had a great surprise yesterday afternoon: Scott Cunningham came to visit for a little while. Terri and the kids were off doing some errands so he came by. He used to be WBC youth pastor. We worked with him for about 8 or so years. It was so good to see him. Nice to sit and talk to him and catch up. It really lifted Al's spirits. We are planning to make a trip up to Colorado to visit them - probably sooner than they are ready!
If you are wanting to do something for a person that is in our situation - that is the most uplifting thing - a visit born of true friendship and love.
Another bright spot on our horizon is Rachel and Jacob bringing the youth out to have a bonfire and campfire at our house tonight. We might not be able to plan and participate as we once did, but we do still want to feel a part and we want our place to be used to God's glory.
I have been reading The Shack, as I know many have already read. (CJ is reading it too) Will get back to you with a review and some thoughts when it all sinks in....
Have a Happy and Safe and Blessed New Year. Eat your black-eyed peas (even if there is no such thing as "luck") just because it is tradition and they are good with some ham and cornbread!
God is good - all the time -
He's my source - for 2009

Love to all. Thank each one who has kept us in their prayers. May God richly bless you in this new year. We are praying for better times when we are able to get out and visit more of you on a more regular basis.

1 comment:

Perspective is Everything said...

Happy New Year! Yall have a good one tonight.. My bunch is still sick so we are having a night in to start off 2009. Love you.