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Two days before my open heart surgery, my Christian neighbor told me that she had received confirmation from God in her prayers that He would extend my life because:  "He knows you will tell everyone about it!"  And to that mission I have tried to be faithful…from the time I awoke from surgery to the present day.   My wife and I have used my "heart story" to witness to medical personnel and even waiters and waitresses in restaurants as well as many others that God brings across our paths each day.  Truly God has not only given me a "new song" but a whole new mission field.  And so my new life focus is reflected by Ps. 40:3,10 which I feel was written just for this time in my life:

"He (God) has given me a new song to sing, 
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what He has done
And be astounded.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
I have not kept this good news
Hidden in my heart; I have talked about Your
faithfulness and saving power.  I have told
everyone..Of Your unfailing love and faithfulness.

Truths from God's Word

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2001

Subject: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Dear Ethan & Emily:

As a child, I remember saying the prayer, "Now I lay me down to sleep.  I pray the Lord my soul to keep.  And if I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." 

I was reminded of this as I was reading in Deuteronomy this morning.  This is such a great book and reveals so much about God's nature.  You will note that I often take passages from Deuteronomy as the basis for my devotions with you.

This morning, I would like you to remind you that as we place our full trust in God, we can rest in the assurance that He will take care of us...and that includes everything...where we go during the day and even where we sleep at night.

As the Israelites were preparing to cross the Jordan River into Canaan, Moses reminded them:  "Don't be afraid!  The Lord your God is going before you.  He will fight for you...God cared for you again and again here in the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child.  But even after all He did, you refused to trust the Lord your God, who goes before you looking for the best places to camp, guiding you by a pillar of fire at night and a pillar of cloud by day." (Deut. 1: 29 - 33)

As we face your Mother's surgery today, let us trust our Lord and be comforted that He is attending to us as though we were a small baby...aware of...and providing for...everything we need.  As we follow Him, He demonstrates His love for us by leading and directing our steps.  And we can be at peace knowing He is always at least one step ahead of us...to protect us and to make sure our needs are met.  We can relax, knowing that He has already even determined where we will sleep tonight.

What a wonderful God!

Sending my love as I commit your mother to God and trust Him to take care of her,





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