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A Trip to the Past!

Psalm 91 (New Living Translation)

1. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2. This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3. For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4. He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7. Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.

Have you ever had anything to happen that jerks you back into the past? Something that uncovers a part of your life that you would just like to forget? I had this very thing in my face this week. First a little background; my sister and I had polio when we were children. And that began a life of fear (my first encounter), doctors, hospitals, iron lungs etc. So from 5 and 3 years old to now we have dealt with many health problems. This week my sister fell and broke her hip, because of the post polio her recovery is having many complications. If you are not familiar with polio, it was a virus that caused damage to the nerves. Some were paralyzed to never walk, some of us regained strength only to lose it again as the aging process takes place. Because the heart is a muscle, most post polio patients have heart trouble. Actually what happens is the nerves are dying and there is nothing the doctors can do about it. So the heart and the muscles gets weaker. Even writing this is hard for me, but it is a realization that won't go away. I have to deal with this but I can tell you without God, I could not. There is no hope for this condition, no cure and even the medication is limited as how it helps with pain. I am sorry if this is depressing to you, it is not meant to be nor for pity. This is life and we all are or will deal with something! We will be faced with events that will hurt our hearts and cause us to hopefully call out to God. Some won't and I know that, but I just can't wrap my mind around that aspect. We are here on this earth for just a short time like a vapor,yet we will spend eternity somewhere. My point with all this is we don't need to go through this alone, no matter what we are facing. I am speaking of myself here because my sister does not know Jesus as her Savior! Now that is the scariest of all! I would ask you to please pray for her. I will keep you updated on her condition.

Thank you for listening to my heart, I am praying for you as you read this.

Blessings to you, have a wonderful week. Check out Spiritual Sunday, there are wonderful testimonies to the faithfulness of God! (the link is on the sidebar)


Marydon said...

G'day Shirley ~
Yes, polio is a devastating disease that has later in life affects that were not known back a while ago ... but is being seen more so as the victims age.

I am sorry your sister fell, may she heal quickly.

Great write ... ty for sharing.

Have a beautiful day ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Donnie said...

My husband had a very light case of polio in 1954 and is now having some back problems but the doctors say it isn't post polio syndrome. I don't think they know very much about it.

I'm sorry you and your sister are dealing with this and pray you can help her as you're having to deal yourself. You both will be in my prayers.

Dianne said...

One of my best friends was a victim of polio and I saw up close the ravages of this disease. I pray that your sister comes to know Christ as her personal Savior even through this "unfortunate" incident.

God bless you both as you battle the devastating after effects of this disease.


micey said...

oh shirley! I will pray for your sister to find Jesus. I love Psalm 91. I pray you continue to have courage and strength. <3

sarah said...

want you to know Shirley...I'm praying for your sister. Nothing is impossible with God...

Charlotte said...

I'm praying for you and your sister both, Shirley. I remember well how frightened people were back in the 40s and 50s of that terrible disease. I'm adding both of you to our prayer list on the Prayer Request blog.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

Please let your sister know all your blogging friends are praying for her.
God Bless,

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

I'm not sure if my comment went through or not. I just want to make sure you know that your sister is in my prayers.
God Bless,

Ruth said...

Dear Shirley, please know that i will be lifting your sister up to the throne of grace... thank you for sharing your heart with us...

Much love and blessings,