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The Lord brought you to mind this evening, and reminded me of your blogsite. Your discussion of chronic pain and the concomitant outpouring of our Lord’s grace by which you can bear it, witnessed to my spirit. My infirmities pale in comparison with yours (and your father’s), yet at times I long to be able to get down on the classroom floor to demonstrate some science concept or experiment, and to be able to be the first one back to my third floor room after a fire or tornado drill! Not going to happen.
Am sure you remember the times we shared on Kwajalein during your parents’ trips off-island. Besides the genetic foot disorder, I recall you also suffered with migraine headaches. Do you still have them? Anyway, it was abundantly clear to me even way back then that the Lord had great plans for you. Reading your comments, Tricia’s reasons for loving you, and seeing the photo journal of your children confirms that if you were left penniless tomorrow, you would still be one of the richest men on Earth.
Next month, I’ll be 66; still teaching SpEd science mornings; serving as Moline Education Association president (519 teachers) afternoons and evenings. Still have a cat (no, not the same one), and a mom, who is 91 and sinking ever deeper into dementia. She still lives at home with the help of overnight caregivers and part time day caregivers who do housekeeping and cooking. My sister and brother (and their families) live in the quad cities area.
Will retire from teaching in two years. Seems hard to believe I’ve been an educator 21 years. The Lord Jesus has been kind.
In closing, Jay, just want you to know how proud I am of you. Will keep you in my prayers, and ask that you include me in yours. Remember this verse I had everyone in Sunday school memorize? I Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
Love to you, Tricia, and your children in Jesus’ Name.
Your elder brother in Christ, and one-time occasional guardian,