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January 03, 2006
posted by David Meigs at 1/03/2006 06:01:00 PM
Sometimes God says no. One of my all-time best friends is hurting in a bad way. He is suffering from a brutal illness that will one day claim his life. He’s too young and so are his children. We’ve all prayed, but he only gets better around the edges.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NIV
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness..."

I’ve lived in the fire myself and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Just wait and God will turn this stinker into something glorious. He did it for me and He will for you too.

Hang in there buddy, God’s grace will carry you through.
 

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23 Comments:


At Tuesday, January 03, 2006, Blogger Rulan

Oh Curm, I will pray for your friend.

 

At Tuesday, January 03, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

Rulan - Thanks for your prayers.

 

At Tuesday, January 03, 2006, Blogger Pia

Father, i lift up to you curm's friend. you are our greatest healer and i know you are able. we ask for your healing powers to touch his body and make him whole again. i believe, Father that nothing is impossible with you. Father, i pray that curm's friend and his family will find comfort in you. bless them, Lord Jesus, even as they are faced with this trial. all these things i pray, in Jesus' name, amen.

 

At Tuesday, January 03, 2006, Blogger Michelle Pendergrass

Prayers said. (((HUGS)))

Y'know, looking at it from a mother's perspective...it HAS to hurt God to say no. It just has to. I know that when my son is just ill with a fever, I would just do anything to take away his ailment. And for God to constantly look down on this fallen world and to see "one of the good ones" desparate...it can only stir Him to tears. And in His Sovereign Righteousness, He also knows everything we can't possibly know. I boggles my brain to try to comprehend.

So we have faith that He knows what He's doing and it will all be for good (Romans 8:28)

 

At Tuesday, January 03, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

Pia - Thank you. I pray your mom is doing better too.


Michelle - Zane is a lucky boy to have you as his Mummy. How is our friend from Haiti doing?

 

At Tuesday, January 03, 2006, Blogger Francine

Curm ... I have been remiss in visiting your blog and have missed being blessed by your faithfulness to others. It is hard to watch someone we care for remain in illness. Your friend is doubly blessed to have someone like you lifting him up in prayer. I'll do the same.

Blessings, Francine

 

At Wednesday, January 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous

CR, sorry to hear about your friend, will be praying for hin and his family.
praying you and yours are well
janice

 

At Wednesday, January 04, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

Francine - How are things in Germany? Thanks for your prayers and for stopping by.

 

At Wednesday, January 04, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

Janice - Thank you so much for your prayers.

 

At Wednesday, January 04, 2006, Blogger John

David,
You and everyone concerning you are in my prayers. You're a special man of God. His grace is superbly sufficient, even if it doesn't seem like it at the moment.

 

At Wednesday, January 04, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

John,

Thanks for the kind words. We are kindred spirits, you and I. I am always encouraged when you visit.

 

At Wednesday, January 04, 2006, Blogger Pia

curm, thanks for praying for my mom. God bless you!

 

At Thursday, January 05, 2006, Blogger Pia

curm, i just came from kid's blog. i didn't know a thing but God is really awesome! wow! i'd like to have a copy of your book. i am soooo interested. tell me where i could get one. you sure know what i'm going through.

God bless you, curm.

 

At Thursday, January 05, 2006, Blogger Pia

so far, mom is ok. but still has to get a word from her doctor. i pray that she'll be healed. i know nothing is impossible with God. i'll keep you posted. i promise.

 

At Thursday, January 05, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

Pia - I'm glad to hear that mom is better. Please keep me up to date. As far as my book, it's a long story.

Rulan (Kid)is my critique partner, so she's read both the old paperback and the much improved "still to be published" version. I plan to start shopping for a publisher soon.

God bless!

 

At Thursday, January 05, 2006, Blogger Pia

i pray that you'll find one as soon as possible. i'm sure you have a great book you have there.

 

At Thursday, January 05, 2006, Blogger BHGA

Praying for all Curm....God Bless

 

At Friday, January 06, 2006, Blogger M. C. Pearson

Wonderfully stated Curm. My prayers are with your friend.

 

At Monday, January 09, 2006, Blogger K. Jimmy

"...We’ve all prayed, but he only gets better around the edges..."

i can relate to that...i had a very dear friend, who was a counsellor and friend to so many people, who died of cancer about a year before i finally went and did my dts...but because of that experience (praying for her and seeing her only "get betetr around the edges" before slipping over to the other side...) praying for healing for people has since been difficult for me. do i doubt God can heal? no way. but i know that in his omniscience he sometimes chooses instead to let people go through pain and sickness...and so when someone asks me to pray for someone for healing, i get all tied up in knots...i'll quit raving on...but thanks for your real and personal approach to the subject. God bless. i do pray God's always-sufficient grace to be with your dear friend.

 

At Monday, January 09, 2006, Blogger K. Jimmy

wow, talk about spilling your guts...i sont think ive ever expressed those sentiments before...you have a way with drawing out the heart of a person! God bless. will be praying for you and yours.

 

At Monday, January 09, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

K. Jimmy - I’ve been blessed by your kind words; they show the reflection of Jesus. Keep pouring out that grace, it’s a healing balm.

 

At Friday, January 13, 2006, Blogger Rulan

I came back down here to read this again. I am glad I did.

My heart cries out to those who are sick and I long to see them all healed. I have prayed for people in the past and seen the Lord heal some, yet others He has not.

Why? I do not understand, perhaps I never will.

The Father has reasons beyond our understanding. All I know is that I love Him and without Him, I would not be here. He has healed me a few times, yet there are things He has not. Even so, I am greatful. He is my all.

The other day I learned that a friend has cancer. Will He heal her? I pray He does.

God bless you for sharing. It helps me to understand a little more. Thank you.