Written by cycleguy on August 17th, 2017

Several years ago I read a book by Ed Underwood called When God Breaks Your Heart. Ed had a severe case of leukemia which manifested itself in skin pealing from his body in scratch-defying itching, a bloated body and countless other problems. In one chapter entitled Snake Oil (aptly titled due to the subject matter) he included several quotes. One was “Christians tell me they don’t know what to say, and then they open their mouths to prove it.” Another was “Hurting people are petty people.”

There comes a time in everyone’s life when strength is gone. We find ourselves on the last bit of will or desire to do much of anything, even living. Life falls apart and sometimes we just don’t know what do, where to turn.

I like what the late A.W.Tozer, a Christian and Missionary Alliance pastor once wrote:

It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.

My sermon this Sunday is titled “More Power to Ya” and my original plan was to show this video. While driving to Ohio this past Monday, I heard this song on my Spotify. I’m using it instead.  Prayers would be appreciated.

I made over a four hour trip yesterday (Wednesday) to visit with a couple I married back in 2000. I received word that Mike had cancer all through his body. He has asked me to perform his memorial service so I went to visit but also to talk about that service. I’d like to ask you to pray for Mike and Sheila. The pain for him will become excruciating and the loss will be numbing for her. Thanks.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. I will most definitely be praying for you, Bill, and for your dear friends, Mike and Sheila. My heart is breaking for them . . .

  2. floyd says:

    Interesting subject. Praying for you and for Mike and Sheila in their time of suffering.

  3. Betty Draper says:

    Totally agree with Tozer. And it’s not a one time issue either. There are layers to God breaking a person so He can build them up in Him. all He wants us to do is pick up the broken pieces and bring them to Him. Sorry about your friend Mike. I am sure having you come so far to visit was uplifting to him and his family.

    • Ed says:

      I agree with you Betty. It’s not a one time thing, and it’s not always the same situation. We can always say “Been there, done that, moved on to something else”

      Bill Mike is in my prayers also!