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Topic: DREAM (01/02/20)
TITLE: Restocking The Pantry
By Janet Murphy
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She let out a sigh with a slight shake of her head. How long had it been since she re-stocked her Purpose Pantry? How could she give anyone anything with all those half empty containers just taking up space? Had she really let the oil of joy get so low there was only the slightest portion available? Had “chemo brain” drained the life out of the seeds of hope she had saved to plant in someone’s garden?
As she took a closer inventory, He brought back to her remembrance the two-year journey they had been on. Biopsies, scans, endless blood work, radical chemo, rare reactions, mastectomy, radiation and the gift of being cancer free! And as if to close the banquet hall of rejoicing, heart failure as a parting gift from the chemo. Again, His healing was hers and all the while, the biggest platters of peace were hers to enjoy.
She marveled at His faithfulness because fear was never part of the offerings to choose from. Fatigue, to the point she could not carry on conversations, was frustrating until she accepted it as a gift of weakness (when I am weak, He is strong). Almost dreamlike, in the place that only He could reach her, heal her, encourage her, she found her way back to a full supply of stamina.
As she focused on the pantry and what she would need to serve others in 2020, her list was long and lovely; eyes to see, hands to serve, His spirit to understand, grace, mercy, truth, gratefulness, extra-large supply of joy, Jesus and a whole lot of coffee!
“Go forth into the world in peace; be of good courage hold fast that which is good; render no man evil for evil; strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak; help the afflicted, honour all men, love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost be upon you and remain with you forever”. (from Gloucester Cathedral, England – my favorite place in the world)
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