Good evening brothers and sisters and all fellow humans. Quite honestly it has been a very trying day. But before I forget…Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today I want to share a health challenge. In 1995, almost 30 years ago, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I have followed doctor’s orders all these years, keeping my A1c labs within normal limits. Diabetes though is relentlessly destructive to all the systems of the body. About this time last year, my kidneys started to fail. I have about 50 % of normal function. Considering how long I have had diabetes, it’s rather remarkable that it’s not worse. With God’s hand on me, I still have some good years left. I trust Him implicitly and I know that no matter what disease affects my body, I will continue to live until God calls me home in His own timing. No matter what happens to us, or what terrifying challenges we face, we should not despair because God the father is big enough to handle all of it, no matter how hard it may seem to us. God is good ALL the time. If there was one thing I could accomplish during whatever time I have left to serve, it would be to convince as many as possible of God’s inherent goodness, grace, and limitless love. How do I know these things, you might ask? Because I know His son, Jesus Christ. By knowing Jesus, I know God because they are the same.
Karen Butler Ogle