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Weeping…

Overwhelming physical pain… lack of sleep… emotional weakness… mental exhaustion… sadness and despair everywhere.
Weeping for the children crying, hungry, sick and daily dying.
Fathers and mothers discouraged from trying.
Hatred filled people killing; warring nations!
Hearts and spirits losing sanity; forlorn.
Who can help them, when all from them is torn?
Rigid people who expound the name of Christ,
Too busy wasting time on matters of the world.
When the lost and weak need the love of Christ shown and told.
Too many church goers wearing blinders on their hearts
Too many Christians waiting for a leader to help the broken
Too many Christians living lives; nothing more than a token
A token, sadly speaking, for the hatred rages on
Waging protests and challenging others; “they don’t think my way”
My prayer is that the Creator of the Universe; the Father to us all
Would singe the conscience of ones who are disobedient…
After all, the Savior Jesus was sent for one purpose
To bring peace; release from sin’s penalty.
Jesus wasn’t crucified to change the government of the day
He died, He shed His blood so anyone could call upon His name
Repent and be reborn; becoming more like Him and less like the self
But I see too much putting the “commands” and example of Christ on the shelf.
Oh bitter tears; broken hearts and wounded souls…
Overwhelming physical pain… lack of sleep… emotional weakness… mental exhaustion… sadness and despair everywhere! ©Streim
My youngest brother, Tygen Lee Coad, passed away Thursday morning from congestive heart failure and acute renal failure.  He was only 57 years old.  He was one of those I describe above. 
During his last hours of lucidity, he spoke to my oldest brother on the phone and said he asked Jesus to forgive him of his sins.   Finally, we knew he was ready…
Tygen was a big guy, I used to tease him about looking like Jessie Ventura (the wrestler), however he had a uniquely gentle heart.  He loved cats and Christmas!  He had one beautiful blue eye and one light brown eye.  He was known by the name Ty to most his friends and clients.  Tygen was adventurous in his work.  After being diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, he started his own business in San Antonio creating elaborate “cat towers”.  Quite often the towers were made-to-order for professional basketball players, football players and media people.  
He will be missed much by his only son Tygen Lee Coad, Jr., two grandchildren, my other two younger brothers Bob and Skyler, myself and numerous nieces and nephews.   Rest baby brother… and I will never forget your laugh!
 

Ecclesiastes 3:4  “…A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;”



Posted in Living in Today's World, Random, Seeking Truth?

A Day I Will Always Remember

Seven years ago today, the Lord God Almighty, in His “unfailing love and mercy” saved my physical life.  I won’t go into the tragic story, but I will say He put people in the right place at the right time to pull me from a burning building.  They were not fireman, just two guys repairing my next door neighbor’s frozen sewer lines.  They saw the smoke, broke my door down and drug me out.  Coincidence–NO!  God’s perfect plan–YES! 
Months later, after grieving the loss of my mother, God reached out to me with the Gospel message through a local Christian radio program, followed by a song I will always cherish.  At that moment, broken and filled with the sorrow of my sin filled; selfish life, I wept in repentance.  I gave my heart to Almighty God through the forgiveness and redemption I received accepting Jesus death on the cross as payment for my sin!   Now my life overflows with “Hope and Peace” despite the uncertainty and troubles of this life.
As long as I live in this earthly body I will sing praises to His name and live to bring glory and honor to Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus.  As the days pass– I watch and wait for our Lord Jesus return!  I will “Always Be His”.
If you do not know the love, joy, hope and peace that is available to not only you but everyone through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection— here are some verses from God’s eternal Word that I pray will show you just how much the Creator God loves YOU.

John 3:14-17 ” … even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,  that whoever believes in Him should not perish but  have eternal life.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Acts 17:25-30 “Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.  And He has made from one blood  every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,”

Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

May you be blessed, thankful and filled with praise…  ♥ Streim