Hope springs eternal

Aug

16

2023

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Aug

16

2023

Since my shoulder surgery I’ve lost 26 pounds in two months with no end in sight. This morning I stepped on the scales and sure enough had lost another pound. It reminded me of Groundhog Day as this was a repeat from yesterday and the day before. The weight loss is not from too much exercise or weight loss drugs, it is because I have lost my appetite and am at the point of almost force feeding myself at this juncture. I have no idea why, but I have lost my appetite and when I am hungry, I fill up after taking a few bites.

I went to the doctor about three weeks ago about it and he told me that my blood work looked fine, and he guessed the weight loss had something to do with my surgery. At any rate I’m going back and see if he can refer me to another doctor, a specialist. I researched it on the internet and the “C” word came up first thing. Pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer all were mentioned. I hate to look on the internet for a diagnosis because every possible malady under the sun is listed.

I have decided that whatever will be will be. Aside from the weight loss and lack of appetite I have no other symptoms. I don’t have pain, or bleeding, and aside from the vicious heat I am comfortable. I will see a specialist and he will run some tests and the outcome will be whatever it will be.

Today a good friend of mine is attending a funeral for the 20-year-old son of one of his closest friends. The young man was brilliant and got a full ride scholarship to FSU where he has maintained a straight A average. Sadly, he committed suicide and no one knows why. I was discussing this with my friend, and I told him he did so because he lost hope. I have had much experience with this tragic option to duck out of life with my grandfather, two of my uncles and my only sibling, my brother Jim choosing suicide as their only way out of their situation. I came close to taking my own life several times prior to becoming a Christ follower and experienced that satanic delusion myself.

I am now an old man with old man problems. I have escaped many brushes with death and weathered the storms with Jesus. God was not ready for me to join Him, and I miraculously squeaked by with many near misses. I don’t lose hope anymore and am confident that the future is sunny and bright. If not on this side of the veil then on the other. I have already accepted that God’s will be done in my case. I pray for those facing life’s oftentimes brutal trials and I especially pray that hope will be found and not lost for those struggling with it at this very moment.

Many have expressed disdain for this column through the years with opinions on most deep subjects varying widely. It seems that few people agree on much of anything including spiritual matters these days, but one thing we can all agree upon is that we will all face the lifting of the veil and experience death with the lone exception being the rapture.

The Bible is clear that death is not something to be feared for believers. It is simply a transition to heaven for the Christ follower. In fact, nothing in this life should be feared, because God has promised to stay with us now and forever. Death for sure was defeated on the cross and there is hope that springs eternal for all of humanity if we just will have faith.

John 11:25
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

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