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Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Proverbs 24:10 says, "
Grace to you.
Ekklesia,
If
thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength
is
small." When
my daughters were younger, their strength was small, as demonstrated by the way they would quietly take advantage of their mother not feeling well. But I will tell you of a time of strength. My wife had been sick for most of four weeks, and the last week may have have been the worst (she ended up being ill for much longer than a month).
At the end of that month, my oldest daughter made a list of things we needed, and I took her and her sister out to get groceries for the next two weeks. My eldest did her best to get it done in an hour, because she knows I don't like being out late.
During that time, she kept our clothes washed and prepared the supper meal, sometimes with help from her sisters. Her school work suffered some, not because of not trying, but because she had taken up much of her mom's role in the running of the house. I certainly cut her some slack in school because of what she was doing in life. Her strength was not slack during this time of adversity. She ministered garlic and medicines to my wife. Her strength was not small.
I thank you for your prayers, church family. Many times we feel like we can't do much, but God looks for someone who is willing to think more highly of others than themselves. "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me" (2 Corinthians 12:9). The power of Christ has rested on my daughters, most prominently on my eldest daughter, and on my wife who suffered graciously.