Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Book Giveaway, Day Ten

Photo courtesy Erik Thorson copyright 2012
 It was a lovely brunch. We sat in the dining room of a couple we had recently met at church and reveled in the glow of a new friendship. Sharon made us a delicious meal and we chatted about our shared vision of ministering God's love to those outside the United States.

Then David got up and retrieved his Bible from another room. "God gave me a Scripture for you last night," he said. "I don't know why, but this is it."

With that short introduction he read aloud the first eleven verses of 2 Corinthians. It was a strange passage. The Apostle related hardship encountered in another country and of suffering affliction so deep it would bring despair even of life. He spoke of the God who raises the dead and hope of deliverance through the prayers of many.

Indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves
so that we would not trust in ourselves,
but in God who raises the dead.
2 Corinthians 1:9

We thanked him rather awkwardly for the Scripture. I wondered, "What are we going to need THAT for?"

Six hours later, we would know.

July 11, 1997, our son broke his neck while on a youth missions trip in Canada. As we fought back one doctor's determined effort to pull the plug, and Kevin fought valiantly to live, God's Word became the source of strength and comfort and healing for our family. The Scripture given us that morning would be the blueprint by which we would conquer many challenges in the fifteen years since.

Today I am thankful for the Bible. Without it we would be ignorant of the holy, triune being we call God. Its pages dispense the life-giving force of a Creator who is all-knowing, all-powerful healer and friend.

I love everything about God's Word; I love how it challenges me and cleanses me and strengthens me for the battles of life. I praise God for speaking life into us and giving us victory over every enemy of our souls through His Word. I thank Him for caring that much.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword,
and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow,
and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a free, hardcover copy of Song in the Night. There are four ways to enter the book giveaway:  leave me a comment,  "like" us on Facebook SongInTheNight.net  become a member of this blog, or send me an e-mail at thesong2008@live.com.

Song in the Night is the true account of our son's devastating spinal cord injury in 1997, the fight to keep the doctor from pulling the plug, and God's subsequent miraculous work in our lives. You will be encouraged and inspired by our story.

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