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Entered By: Paula
Entry Date: 2006-05-19 10:32:38
Subject: Friday May 19, 2006

This morning we awoke, after an evening of much blessing and rejoicing at the generosity of the Body of Christ, to find most of our goats killed.  In the night coyotes had come and obliterated our small herd.  The young were eaten, and the pregnant goats were simply killed and left for dead.  My son John was angered at the way the coyotes would kill and not even use the meat.  He  been taught by his father and grandfather that whatever you hunt and kill, you use.  Grandpa Guy always said that something that would kill and leave is worthless.  As we spent our time together crying and reading the Psalms of David for comfort, the Father brought to mind the enemy.  The enemy is that worthless creature that strikes to wound, and leaves for dead.  He strikes us at our weakest point, for our goats it was the dark.  He waits for a time when our defenses are down, and he comes in for the devastation.  What he does may not kill at the moment, it may only inflict life taking wounds.   Wounds that could possibly deplete us of our strength, our joy, our peace.  The message we will declare until the end though, is that we have the Perfect Good Shepherd who can heal and restore any life taking wound.  Any strike that the enemy can take, our Shepherd can come, pour His oil, and restore.  The Good Shepherd has provided the way for the blows of the enemy to not destroy.  Our abiding in Him and His life can so strengthen our inner man so that nothing can destroy us.  We can have infinite peace in the midst of horrific circumstances.  Today, I look in my children's eyes and I see that they feel the circumstances are horrific.  There is no running water, and costly livestock is dead.  But we look around the room together; we see each other, we see love.  We look and we see mounds of incredible generosity and self sacrifice given by the Body of Christ.  We see developmental toys for a wobbly 2 year old just learning to walk and talk.  We see matching comforters and bedding for children that have not even had blankets.  We see boys bouncing with joy for real mattresses, not moldy pieces of foam.  There are hoses strown about for that time when we do have water.  Chicken brooders to keep babies safe.  There are special items for each life here.  So much has been given.  So very much.  We look and we see our quiet housekeeper, sensitive to our pain, serving us in love.  We see our farm worker, equally devestated by the lose of livestock which is income and milk for his family also.  He continues to work.  Everywhere we turn we see the provision of the Good Shepherd and the blessings poured out by His willing servants.  So we will say this morning as the song says: Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise, When the darkness closes in, Lord still I will say, Blessed be the Name of the Lord, Blessed be His glorious Name, You give and take away, You give and take away, My heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be your name, Blessed be the Name of the Lord, Blessed be your Glorious Name!   Love, Paula
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