This blog is not dead, and I'm not dead, and I haven't abandoned or lost interest in it. But, as I noted in a small footnote elsewhere, I've been having some physical .... "adventures" .... in the past few months, and it's restricted my time online, as well as my energy.
Very quickly: a few months ago, I had my gall bladder removed. This is a routine operation, but the surgeon badly botched it, and God sent in another surgeon to clean up the mess he made. So, there was that.
Last month, I had a part of one of my kidneys removed, which had a growth that could have been malignant. This time, the surgeon did a great job, but the recuperation has been painful.
Anyway, scheduling the two surgeries so close together wasn't a good idea on my part. My body didn't appreciate it at all. But, by the grace of God, neither surgery revealed any malignancies, so cancer is not a threat at this time. I praise God for all of this: the botched operation, the successful operation, and, most of all, the absence of cancer. God's mercies are new every morning, and His care for His children is past finding out!
I will be having a third procedure in January, which, the doctor warns me, will be painful. But it won't be as painful as Jesus' time on the cross, and I'm not complaining.
I have no illusion that I'm "suffering for Christ." We live in a fallen world, and although our souls are saved, our bodies are still subject to the "thousand natural shocks" that Hamlet talked about. Everybody has problems as they get older, and I'm no exception. As they say, "I'm in great shape, considering the shape I'm in!" And oh, the lessons that Jesus is teaching me: which is the purpose for our present light afflictions (2 Corinthians 4:17).
But I wanted very much to let the regular readers of this blog know what's going on. I'll put up some more devotionals by Spurgeon and others, and perhaps "rerun" some old posts, until I'm back in action. I appreciate your prayers, and I apologize for my absence!
God bless you and Merry Christmas! And remember:
JESUS WAS VICTOR
JESUS IS VICTOR
JESUS IS VICTOR
JESUS WILL BE VICTOR!