It’s been two days since my finger was ripped apart (okay, okay….it was only a tiny piece of skin that got torn off, but it felt like it was bitten off, chewed, and swallowed by a Viking), but I still struggle to hold anything with that hand. Everything lacks balance, and is clumsy. It’s truly frustrating.
I never realized that although my arm works fine, without the use of my finger the signals it sends to my hand aren’t obeyed. I can’t accomplish with one hand what both hands can accomplish. The pace is much slower, and I waste energy. Sometimes, in frustration, I give up.
God’s Word tells us the “two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.” Ecclesiastes 4:9. I have learned this to be true from my current injury, and also from the love and support I receive from you.
This year has been a challenge. Prison tried to extinguish my joy. At times, in my own strength, I struggled to stay afloat. But the strong flow of comments kept pulling me back. With one hand tied behind my back, I felt moving forward in ministry was impossible; my one-handed labor yielded small return. God’s power and strength was always there, but my effort was for naught. And, through it all, you were there, ready to join in my labor. Not only have you been my right hand, but you have been a brace for my left as well.
I thank you for not giving up on me. My grip was loose, but with you, my grip is now stronger than ever. You have been the faithful fingers of this ministry. Without you, nothing could be accomplished. The message God has given this ministry has reached all over the world, because of you.
Obviously I am deeply thankful for many things. God being in my life is number one, yet this month I also wanted to thank you, because I am more aware than ever that without you my labor is in vain. This ministry would struggle, become frustrated, and eventually give up. You are an essential part of this ministry, and my support. Because of you, we have realized a good return.
Those two words cannot describe my gratitude, and so I pray that God’s blessing fall richly on you for all you’ve done to keep this ministry not only alive, but moving forward.
…….wishing I had a Band-Aid…….
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