I am lying in the darkness in my hospital room about 2 a.m. and all the nursing stations are quiet at that time and it’s just me and my breathing and my fear about losing the function of my right leg to the cancer that has spread to my lower spine. And Robin. She is sleeping in a foldout chair the hospital provided for her, as well as she can. She is staying that first night in the hospital with me. As I lie there, in the darkness, staring at the ceiling, the thought comes to me that my pain has taken me from my life and brought me to a place where people come at the end of their lives, to die. The pain has brought me out of my life and carried me to my death. And I lie there with that thought for awhile and then the … Continue
I grew up attending the Chilmark United Methodist Church on Martha’s Vineyard. Several years ago I started attending the Charlton City United Methodist Church with my husband Roland. I had my membership transferred here in 2007. I have also attended the Women’s Bible Study group for three or four years. That is where I started to feel the need to know more about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit; and my relationship with them.
Last winter Jean had brought up the idea of the One to One Discipleship study to us at a bible study meeting. I started to think about it more and more. I almost signed up a couple of times. One day Jean called me and asked if I would be interested. I told her that I was considering it, but one of my biggest concerns was that I did not want to get up in church … Continue
I came here on December 22nd of last year, the darkest evening of the year. With a lot of snow, a white world greeted me. Though I like snow and winter, a blizzard with gusts of wind scared me. I’ve had never experienced so much snow before. Oh, the winter seemed never ending!
I remembered the poet Shelly’s Ode to the west wind, “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” At last spring came, oh what a relief!
The reason why my husband and I planned to live in the states, as the last stanza from the Robert Frost’s poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, says “I have promises to keep, miles to go before I sleep, miles to go before I sleep.” I thought I should do something for my kids before I die.
Since my daughter, Mina came to America to study when she was … Continue
Reafirmation of Faith Testimony
The most amazing thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago.
I had been praying for a closer relationship with God. I went to the women’s Bible study and the Wednesday night Prayer meetings. I started reading every spiritual book I could find trying to figure out how to get that still closer relationship to God. I read every Max Lucado and Charles Stanley book I came across. I found the book “Radical” by David Platt in my bookcase. I don’t know where it came from. I know I didn’t buy it. I had no idea what it was even about. On the cover it said it was about “taking back your faith from the American dream”. And it was a NY Times bestseller, so…..
I started reading “Radical”. It scared me in the beginning. I asked Pastor Tae Sung about it the next night … Continue