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Monday, January 2, 2023

Jeremiah 3:21-23

"I Still Have Hope!"

Daily Encouragement Readers:  Last Friday we indicated that Stephen was experiencing some bodily weakness and discomfort related to a childhood sports injury. The hernia related to that injury has been repaired several times but he felt that was the source of affliction once again. For about a week he was dealing with this matter but carrying on as usual so those he was around would not have known of his problems. Though Ester and I pleaded with him to go to ER he is a "stubborn man" (any others of you out there like that?) and kept waiting for it go away.

Determined to teach his Sunday School class on New Years Day he promised we would go to the hospital from church. And we did!

The nurses knew immediately that he had an infection due to the warm touch and reddened color of his abdomen. Right away he got a cat scan which confirmed he had an infectious abscess. Turns out the mesh from his hernia repair in 2009 got infected and must be removed. Tubes were inserted this morning to drain the abscess but surgery is required to clean up the bacterial damage. The current plan is for Dr. Paul to operate at 9:30 am tomorrow morning. Recovery will take a while and he will be in the hospital here in Hershey till the weekend (unless the Lord intervenes and his stay is shorter than expected).

Ester and I got pretty frustrated that we couldn't get Stephen to go the doctor earlier in the week, but in hindsight his insistence on keeping his commitment to teach Sunday School on  was spot on for the difficult medical journey that he was about to take only one hour after he taught on New Years Day. In fact he said at one point during the lesson, "You can't choose your problems, nor can you schedule them." He based that truism on his own most difficult 14 month trial back in 2002-2003. Little did he know he would enter into those tested waters again only an hour after speaking about it. But God knew and God was preparing his heart by reminding him that we can trust Him fully for all that comes our way. He quoted the lyrics from "Like a River Glorious" by Frances Havergal which we share with you today:

"Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of love;
We may trust Him fully, all for us to do;
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true."

Lamentations 3:21-23 is the passage we shared on Friday and we will repeat it today as it is Stephen's theme verse for 2023: "This I call to mind; therefore I have hope. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness."

Stephen and Brooksyne Weber

Weber couple photo 7/3/22
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