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Topic: BLESSED (03/07/19)
- TITLE: A Grateful Soul
By Joy Bach
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As a child, home was two rooms. These were not the typical two rooms in an apartment. My mother and I lived in two upstairs bedrooms and rented from the folks below, which meant we had no kitchen. The list of what we didn’t have was long. Telephone. Stove. Refrigerator. Car.
We had an icebox. I can still see the man climbing our outside stairway, the massive tongs over his shoulder clasping a huge block of ice on his back.
After marriage, three children and divorce, I once again came face to face with being poor. We lived in a one-bedroom apartment … containing two bunkbeds. It was a long road up from there. But we moved from one bedroom to two bedrooms (where they had to draw straws to see who would share a room with me) and then four bedrooms.
Now I live in a wonderful home, drive a newer car and have enough money for food, bills and stuff. I am blessed with material possessions.
But that’s not all I have.
My journey has taken me from that poverty-stricken childhood … through the years of not enough money at the end of the month … to now. I have acquired far more than earthly goods.
I have Jesus.
He was right there with me when my child had emergency surgery and I sat in the waiting room alone. His presence was very real, and He told me everything would be all right. When a different child skated through a window and was bleeding profusely, He sent a doctor who just happened to be walking by. Jesus held me as I waited to see if she would live.
He’s been there for me through so many scary times.
And then there was my husband’s cancer journey. I don’t know how people go through that without Jesus. He was there every step of the way … chemo … radiation … surgeries … and then the decision to stop all treatment. We were held above the trials of the disease and at peace in God’s love.
My husband no longer lives on this earth. But I do. It’s been a dark walk through the valley of the shadow of death, but I feared no evil. God had made a promise. He would take that walk with me.
My soul is full of gratitude. I am blessed.
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