34. Encouragement from Pastor Bruce

“I have to tell you, Pat, that a dear friend of mine was in stage four cancer and about to die. I asked the Lord why people who have been serving You so faithfully for so many years – through prayer, volunteering, serving, giving, witnessing, and the stuff in Matthew 25 – come to such a painful and ignominious end. Here I was questioning the very character of God. Then I came upon a Scripture passage

that answered my question:

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10

 “Though life may seem bitter now, there is a reward ahead. My friend died yesterday morning and is now safely tucked away with God…able to experience His love and mercy first hand, known by God and facing a life of eternal security and joy.”

 Wow! What a story and what an encouragement to those of us who have been or still are in the pangs of depression. Life on this earth is like a small dot that we pass through quickly. Eternity is a long line that goes on forever. What are you concentrating on – the dot or the line?

 

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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One Response to 34. Encouragement from Pastor Bruce

  1. Bruce says:

    Pat thanks for being transparent with the pain in your life from depression. I believe we all can be wounded healers as we share what has helped us thru challenges in life. For me Phil 1:6 has been a great encouragement. “Being confident of this very thing that He which hath begun a good work in us will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Bruce

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