Prayers Needed

in the name of Jesus!

I have hesitated to post anything since Halloween.  I had mentioned that a family member was in the hospital at that time.  It’s my youngest brother and the prognosis is not good.  Apparently he is in late stage Liver failure and it’s more than likely due to his lifestyle when he was younger.  I know he does drink regularly but many people do and don’t have this happen to them.

He has been a heavy drinker most of his adult life especially when he was in the lead singer in a Heavy Metal Band many years ago with a lifestyle that went with it.  They played in many of the rock and roll clubs in Detroit and the suburbs.

My brother is on the left.

I was originally told that my brother was injured when he lifted something heavy and tore his esophagus.  This happened due to the thinning and weakening of the membranes making bleeding a huge danger.  He must have already been quite ill for some time but never said anything, as many of us don’t until it’s too late.  I have heard of cirrhosis of the liver before but never knew that it actually can make your body sort of deteriorate where you have bleeding all through your body, sometimes severe enough to cause death.  I have been reading up on this condition to find out as much as I can.

He had emergency surgery on November 1st for esophageal bleeding, was in the hospital approximately one week recuperating and having more tests, was released and collapsed a few days later at home in a much worse condition with more widespread bleeding.  He was in a coma for approximately 11 or 12 days and started waking up a few days ago.  He has been in ICU because it does not look good, he could pass at any time.  He was just taken off the ventilator a few days ago when I was there on Thanksgiving and it broke my heart to see my brother with tubes all over his body knowing any time might be the last time and having him plead with me to bring him back home.

He has no energy and kept saying “help me” and “take me home with you” in the tiniest whisper changing from lucid one minute to not making any sense the next.  The nurse told me this was common due to high blood ammonia from the liver.  When I had to leave due to the 2 hour drive back home before dark, he kept saying “don’t go.”  Until a pretty nurse came into the room, then I could leave.

One of my daughter-in-laws was able to feed him a tiny amount of thickened liquid yesterday as well.  He has a feeding tube and is not supposed to have much by mouth right now, anything can cause this bleeding again but since they can’t just have him stay this way in ICU, they are trying to see if he can tolerate stuff so they can eventually get him out of there and he can actually come back home.

One of the nurses said if he can get through this crisis and follow Doctors orders there might be a possibility to get on a transplant list if he gets stronger.  If I qualify I would not hesitate to donate part of my liver.  My liver tests looked good a couple months ago.  I have hardly ever drank, smoked or took drugs my entire life so I am hoping that it’s a possibility though age is also a qualifying factor.  I forget the older you get the less valuable your life becomes in our society.

 

 

 

 

This Day The Lord Made

Important to remember while perusing social media these days.

Another Proverb to keep in mind these days in light of all the uncivil behavior being promoted by the world. Be Kind.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unlikely Lines of the Written Word

Today is our National Day of Prayer and a big deal for the believers in this country.

Daily Prompt: The Cure For Our Current Toxic Culture

Jesus the Christ

Imagine everyone you know currently in our media being humble, really serving others and making great sacrifices.  Imagine the wealthy giving all they have to others more needy, within reason.  I’m not saying walk around with nothing after some earned it legitimately, I mean those that are paid millions actually living in an average home, driving a decent car and giving away most of what’s left to others that will never have the chance to earn it due to lower intellect, not being cute enough or just being born into poverty from which for most there is no way out.

I love some of the lines from current Christian music that lay it on the line about those who currently “save the trees but kill the children” also “what if the family turned to Jesus, stopped asking Oprah what to do.”  Sad state of affairs but that is another blog.  Today I am posting a video with some of Jesus “Greatest Hits” by video.  Hope to make some others soon, maybe with a theme.

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Music is by Michael W Smith (Stand) Come to the Cross.

As always graphics by Po’ Girl Shines/C A Lewis©

Daily Prompt: Betrayed by a Kiss

The Kiss of Judas Iscariot

Many things led up to the Crucifixion of Christ but the Kiss of death from Judas was how the soldiers knew which one of the men were Jesus when they came to arrest Him for speaking against the leaders of the day.  They finally got Him by accusing Him of Blasphemy which was a capital crime and they could finally put him to death as evil is so fond of doing to anyone that gets in the way.

Jesus spent His life in prayer and furthering the Kingdom of His Father in Heaven here on earth.  Telling everyone that he trusted what needed to be said so the world would finally be as it was intended from the start of creation.  So those who were meant to hear the “Good News” would indeed hear it and obey.  There were stipulations to this Salvation and Jesus mentioned this frequently.  He talked about man’s love for hypocrisy and judgment against others.  He spoke of love and forgiveness as the only way past this.  “If a man repent, forgive him.”  He did not say blindly forgive evil and allow it to spread over the world.  He said that whatever you did to others, so your Father in Heaven would do unto you.  Karma so to speak.  No one can deny “cause and effect.”  For every action, another action of some kind will always occur.

Obedient to His death, Jesus lived to serve others.  How many of us can say this?  I know I can’t.  I have my moments, but I admit, I usually come first now.  There are so much good information on how to walk the Christian walk in the New Testament.  The first four Books are the most important as they are the Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Actual accounts of the life of Christ.

Enjoy the short video and music by Michael W Smith (Stand) Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful.  Jesus always spoke hope into everyone but made it clear that you must keep the commandments of God, keeping God first place in your life.  To love Him with your entire being as well as loving your brothers.  Others are not on this earth to use and abuse to your fancy.  Is that how you wish to be treated?  He said that narrow is the way to righteousness and humorously made the point of how it would be impossible for the rich to enter heaven.  Something to think about but I get it.  With so many needy in the world it is strange to see some with so much.  I would think a normal person would feel ashamed but most do not because they are not in the Word.  They live for the world and not God.

This is such a Holy and Blessed time for the Christians of the world.  Thank you God for the gift of salvation and thank you Jesus for your great sacrifice for those of us that are not worthy of such a gift, such great love.  I pray to come to greater understanding of your ways so I can further your Kingdom as well.  Amen

 

 

Daily Prompt: Congregate in My Name

Sunday morning.  Many Christians congregate in churches on the Sabbath.

Have a blessed Sunday

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved

We are all Beloved to the God we serve just as He is to all of us.

 

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