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RE: [IPr] About facing your mortality



Amen to that, I went through that same thing.


>From: "Brad Roy" <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: <email @ redacted>
>Subject: RE: [IPr] About facing your mortality
>Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 08:09:18 -0500
>
><<I think facing your mortality is the hardest nut to crack in dealing in
>the
>long term complications in Diabetes . For years I was afraid of dying, but
>not too
>long ago I came to a realization about
>1. my Faith
>2. My fear
>3. Lack of Control<<
>
>
>
>I have thought many times about the issues you brought up.  Faith is a very
>complicated issue.  I go to a church that believes that God can heal us, 
>and
>have witnessed several people receive their healing over cancer, arthritis,
>and other diseases.  It is not hard for me to have the faith that someone
>else can be healed.  After all, the bible is full of examples of people
>getting healed and God is still the same God today.  But not everyone gets
>healed.  I am one of them.  I remember the first or second month I had
>diabetes, our pastor had preached about the healing powers of God.  That
>night I knelt before God and asked him to heal me.  I had faith...there was
>no doubt in my mind God could heal me.  But he hasn't.
>
>Now I could use that to become angry with God.  Or I could use it to say
>that I must not have had enough faith, or maybe God can't heal, or maybe 
>God
>doesn't even exist.  Of course, all these things raced through my mind as I
>coped with the realities that this disease isn't going away soon.  But
>instead, this has brought me even closer to God.  I have proclaimed to him
>that I will trust him with my life and I will love him regardless of 
>whether
>or not I am healed.  God healing me isn't a prerequisite for my belief and
>trust in him.
>
>I don't know why God hasn't healed me (yet).  Maybe it was so I can be
>closer to him.  Maybe it was so I could be here at my computer right now
>telling someone on this list how much God loves him or her.  I don't know
>why God does what he does, but I know there was a purpose behind it.  And I
>know that all of my struggles don't even come close to what some people
>across the world go through.  I have a home, a job, a wife, a son, food to
>eat, and the freedom to open myself up to complete strangers on the 
>Internet
>without government interference.  Friends, I am blessed far more than I
>deserve to be.
>
>Brad
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: email @ redacted [mailto:email @ redacted]On Behalf Of Vibeke Brant
>Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2000 8:58 PM
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: [IPr] About facing your mortality
>
>Dear Friends,
>
>
>
>1. If I belive in God do I belive that he will let me live long enough to
>accomplish what He wants me to do
>(not necessarily what I want.)
>2. If fear rules my life, I will accomplish nothing because I will deal 
>with
>everyone as someone who dosen't understand my predicament and dosn't care
>about me.
>3. Control is only a perception, Our lives can be gone in
>60 seconds whether we have diabetes or not.
>
>My remedy, do what I want to now, say what I want to now,
>communicate that I love someone now.
>
>The Bible actually says "do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow have
>enough trouble of its own" (paraphrase)
>
>I am not saying, don't take care of yourself, I belive that we should be
>good stewards of what we have.(Our Bodies)
>
>I belive and feel that there is a higher purpose to our existence and we
>will not leave this world until our part of the great plan have been
>completed.
>
>I know this probably sounds simplistic but It is the best way to explain 
>how
>I see the subject.
>
>Love and Encouragement always,
>
>Vibeke Brant
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