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CELEBRATION OF LIFE

Greetings Friends and Family from Albuquerque,

Among the Ruins

The Lord has been so good to me and I want to celebrate LIFE! I want to express my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for everyone  who prayed for me when I was hospitalized after a stroke.  At 4:30 A.M. I could not speak intelligibly.  In the evening I could only speak imperfectly, but could make myself understood.  Next morning my speech was much improved and I have been told that I don’t sound as if I’ve even had a stroke, for which I give all the glory to my God!  It is for this gift of God’s grace that I continue onward celebrating His Life!

Psalm 35:1-8

 I will bless the Lord at all times:

His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord:

the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.

I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

 They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

 The Angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.

 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. 

“The greatest opportunity of life is life itself.

Here and now is our chance and mine to make for ourselves the kind of life we would like to live forever.

Far greater grandeur and magnificence than the mind can conceive;

peace, joy and soulful satisfaction far beyond the power of man to measure is ours now to provide.

In a short life here to make happiness for a long life hereafter is our present opportunity.”

E. L. M.

Pleasure of Life

Live while you live the epicure would say

And seize the pleasures of the present day.

Live while you live the sacred preacher cries,

And give to God each moment as it flies.

Lord in my views let both united be:

I live in pleasure when I live in Thee.

Philip Doddridge.

                                      

Thank you Friends and Family for stopping by.  I want to close with this beautiful prayer by Peter Marshall.

For Consistency in the Christian Life

Lord,what is the matter with us that we are so fitful and moody, so changeful-one moment professing our love for Thee, and the next moment  yielding to temptations that lure us away from Thee?  One moment cheerful, smiling, and kind, and the next, glum and surly.  Lord, we do not understand ourselves!  What strange creatures we are!

Yet we do not pray, our Father, that always everything should be the same for we would get tired of unending sunshine, and long for a shower of rain.

We do not pray that our way may always be on level places, for then we would long to see a mountain.

We do not pray that always our lot might be favored with pleasant strains of  music, for then we would long for the ministry of silence.

But we do pray, O Lord, that there might be some pattern of consistency in our relations with Thee.  Teach us how to maintain life on an even keel, that with a balanced life of faith and trust in Thee, and kindness and love toward each other, we shall not be at one moment up in the sky and at the next at the bottom of a well.

Help us to walk with our hand in Thy hand, knowing that Thou Thyself didst come down from the mountaintops to walk in the valleys.

Peter Marshall

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