Monday, April 20, 2009

Prayer request

I would like to ask that my readers pray for a family that I went to church with at Powdersville First Baptist. I did not know until today that Ernie Simmons had cancer until I found out he had passed away last night. He was a faithful man to the Lord and he and his family were at the church whenever the doors were open. Ernie had a rare soft tissue sarcoma that did not respond well to chemo or radiation and it spread quickly despite trying various treatments. Please pray for peace for their family in this difficult time of grief.

One of the journal entries Ernie wrote himself on his CaringBridge site really touched me as I read it this morning:
Let me share this one with each of you. It has become my favorite. It's found in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

We can rejoice in the knowledge that Ernie is no longer in pain and is dancing with our Lord this very day! Thank you for your prayers!

A favorite verse of mine in times such as this and one Ernie's wife mentioned on the site as well:
Jeremiah 29:11-13
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."