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What Kind Of God

I inherited a disease called Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy. My vision was getting worse.  I was reading large print books with reading glasses and a magnifier.  I was unable to read labels and sales tags while shopping. My husband was reading recipes to me when I cooked and baked. My vision was so hazy that I no longer trusted myself to drive our car.  Two specialists recommended corneal transplant.  On June 22nd I had the diseased membrane of my left cornea removed and a healthy donor membrane attached to that cornea.

I enjoyed the trip to my first post operative visit with the eye surgeon. The ditches along all the roadways were adorned with Queen Anne’s Lace,  a longtime favorite wild flower of mine.

The doctor was pleased with my progress. The donor membrane had attached, and the new cells were working well.  The swelling in that cornea had resolved, and my vision had improved.  He explained that, even though the swelling was relieved, the haziness in my vision would slowly resolve as the cells in my cornea re-design themselves.  He told me that 80 to 90 percent of my improvement will come within 3 months and that the other 10-20 percent will come over the next 1 to 2 years.

I am grateful for my eye surgeon and his team at Mayo in Rochester. I am thankful for my donor and my donor’s family. I am blessed by the prayers of family, friends, and church.  I praise the Lord who is my healer.

What kind of God makes wild flowers that look like lace and cells that can re-design themselves?  A Good God.  A Great and Powerful God.  A God who loves me and all of you.  And so gratitude becomes adoration of Almighty Creator God.

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A Heart of Light

“It is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”   Second Corinthians 4:6   NKJ Version

This is an extraordinary, marvelous reality.  The God of the universe shines his light into my heart so that I can see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

“We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image…just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Second Corinthians 3:18  NKJ Version

This is even more extraordinary.   When I look in the mirror I behold the glory of God.  How can this be?

Commentator William Barclay says, “Possibly what Paul means is that, if we gaze at Christ, we in the end reflect him. His image appears in our life.”  Commentators Barker and Kohlenberger state, “Paul concludes by noting that the progressive transformation of the Christian’s character is the work of the Lord who is the Spirit.”

As I have meditated on these truly beautiful passages of Scripture,  I have remembered the old song Mirror (from the 70’s) performed by Evie.  She told us so eloquently with her sweet, clear voice, “You’re searching for Jesus, looking to find hope for tomorrow and some peace of mind…but til’ you find him in the mirror, you’ve got a long way to go.”

Oh, Holy Spirit,  how I want to find Jesus in the mirror.  As I keep gazing at him, will you keep transforming me into his image so that I might reflect his beauty, his glory to the world.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Jesus.  I love you.

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True Love

While sorting through treasures stored in the shed this week, I discovered the scrapbook we gave my husband’s parents on their 60th anniversary.   At that time,  Mom had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for 7 years.  Dad remained her devoted caregiver until her death 4 and a half years later.   Dad went home to be with The Lord two years ago.

As I browsed through the scrapbook pages of pictures, cards, and letters, I realized that Dad had added the card he sent Mom on their 6th wedding anniversary from Germany where he was stationed at the end of World War II.  He and Mom conceived their first born, my husband, before Dad left the States.  Howard was born before his daddy returned home.  As I turned more pages,  I saw the note from our first born, Jonathan.  Here is what he shared with them.

“Grandma and Grandpa, Thank you for your wonderful example of togetherness.  Showing us that true love is about devotion.  That true love is about commitment and friendship.  That true love lasts.  That true love contains Jesus.  May Sarah and I and our children follow in your footsteps.  Happy 60 Years of Marriage.”

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Power of Vitality

A dear friend gave me a slip of her Jack-In-The-Pulpit from her woodland garden. I planted that slip next to my cottage in our neck of the woods. It grew into a large and beautiful plant last spring but met an early demise when some deer who share our neighborhood decided it would make a good meal. They ate it all the way down to soil. I was frustrated and wondered about the plant’s long term fate. To my delight this morning I observed that the Jack-In-The-Pulpit is blooming again. I have decided that I will spray it with deer repellent tomorrow.

My marriage was like my plant. It met a demise but bloomed again with a power of vitality. That vitality was the power of God at work in our lives. I have shared about that power in my story on the book page of this blog.

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Doors of Christian Faith

The Lord Jesus yielded His will to the will of His Heavenly Father and gave His life for you and me.  He challenged His followers to pick up their crosses and follow Him.

St. Paul said,  “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20

A healthy marriage requires two mature people who are both willing to yield to the other.  A Christian marriage has the advantage of a dynamic not known by the world at large.   That dynamic is the Holy Spirit who lives in each believer.

Surrender is one of the doors of Christian faith.   Surrender to the will of Jesus required my husband to repent.   Surrender to the will of Jesus required my forgiveness.  This kind of surrender is not possible by human effort; it is the work of the Holy Spirit.

You can read about the surrender in my marriage on the book page of this blog.

 

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Welcome

I am glad that you have visited this blog which celebrates the “Newness”  of being a child of The Heavenly Father.  Read the blog postings or go to the book page and read about a marriage that died and was resurrected.

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Hello world!

Hi.  My name is Mary.  I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and a retired psychiatric nurse.  I have now become a blogger and am thrilled to begin this new adventure.

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