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Sadness coming through, But praise God for His goodness

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I confess I'm fighting sad feelings right now. I visited my friend who has Stage 3 pancreatic cancer this morning - she's in a rehab skilled nursing center (is that another name for a nursing home??). She looks awful, and she's very weak. But worse even than the impending loss of her company, my heart breaks because she isn't a Christian, and has been resisting the Lord when I've spoken to her about it. Since her daughter (and 2 other people) were there this morning, I didn't stay long, but plan to go back tomorrow and/or Monday.

God is comforting me, but He's allowing me to feel the grief - God doesn't promise to take away suffering, but to be WITH us THROUGH it, to a place of comfort. Thinking of my friend spending eternity in hell is painful for me. But I know it's the work of the Holy Spirit to convict her of sin and her need for God's forgiveness, and HER responsibility to accept Him.

Although I'm not asking for advice, I wouldn't turn my back on someone saying something. I appreciate you allowing me to express my feelings, and am thankful for those of you who pray.

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    Sorry about your friend. God is always with us & comforts us when we need it most. emoticon emoticon
    1589 days ago
  • 2BEHEALTHY2014
    I am so sorry. I'm sending hugs your way.
    1589 days ago
    I pray for you and your friend, show your love. Only God knows what is ithe heart, so have faith
    1590 days ago
    praying for you that you get comfort

    praying for her that her last days are pain free. She might have found something that she can't share with you, but remember God is looking after her and will make the decision as to where she spends eternity
    1590 days ago
    St Francis said to use words only when necessary. Continue to show her your love and joy in the Lord. He'll take care of her. You do not know what's holding her back, so let God see in her heart, while you pray for her.
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    1590 days ago
    Oh, Nancy! I am so sorry to hear this. Very sad situation. I have seen people accept the Lord on their deathbed, so maybe she will, still! You are doing all you can, trying to show her how much God loves her and what she has to do to be sure that she is happy for eternity!

    I will be sending prayers for her salvation and to you, for having to go through this very difficult time. God Bless You, my friend! emoticon emoticon
    1591 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    I am so sorry you are losing your friend and she isn't open to receiving the Lord but all you can do is what you are doing-offer her the way.
    It is such a horrible way to lose a friend. I lost 2 to pancreatic cancer in the past 2 yrs and was so happy both had the Lord as their savior. I wasn't sure about one, but in talking to her near the end, she was not afraid and told me not to worry, she was going to be with her Lord. I wish you had that same peace of mind.
    I will pray for you and your friend.
    1591 days ago
    I wish I could offer some solace, but since I can't, I'm more than willing to listen and offer hugs as you grieve. Grief is the hardest part of life, so do give yourself the best comforts. emoticon
    1591 days ago
  • CAL6563
    So sorry for your sadness. I will pray that she will come to know God as her savior so that she can experience eternal life. I pray every day for my husband and son as they do not yet know the love of Jesus. Blessings, Candy
    1591 days ago
    Sometimes we need to pray for the blinders to be removed before we give the message of His love and salvation. Paul said, if people are blinded to the gospel, the enemy of their soul has blinded them. It does not make sense for someone to deny a loving Father. When it doesn't make sense for someone to choose hell, perhaps the enemy has blinded. Anyway, all prayers in His name by His Spirit are heard by God. We can not draw, the Holy Spirit will.

    I just lost a friend in May to lung cancer. She was ready to go, but concerned for her wayward children. They are grown and have made some poor choices. I saw her husband recently and he said to 'keep praying.' Sometimes, such a deep sadness comes over me at the loss, but it is comforting to know she is with the Lord. May the same comfort be yours with your friend, SOON! God Bless!
    1591 days ago
    I too am really sorry for the sickness that is wreaking havoc in your friend's body. Worse yet she will not listen to hear the good news most people either cling to the Lord at this time while others may resist because they believe he allowed them to become sick at all. All things work together for the good of them who love Him......I will keep you all in my prayers....

    God bless & be encouraged!

    1591 days ago

    I am sorry for your pain, and for your friend's pain too. I will certainly be praying.
    It is tough seeing people we love, suffer. It is especially hard when you feel that they will not have life Eternal. It has grieved me so much, about my own Dad when he passed two summers ago. To be separated from God is the worst Hell there is.
    1591 days ago
    I'll be praying too. It's so hard when the people you love don't know and are not open to the love of Christ. But all we can do is pray for the Spirit of God to draw them to himself, open their hearts to Him. It is God's work and our loved one's choice whether to receive the gift. I have a lot of experience with this but it doesn't make it easier.
    1591 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    We will pray for You and with You, and also for Your Friend. God Bless You and Her! Vic.
    1591 days ago
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