Always Joyful

Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads beside quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him most. Even when walking through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow! Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life, and afterwards I will live with you forever in your home. Psalm 23 (TLB)

Living or dying we follow the Lord. Either way we are his. Romans 14:8 (TLB)

Ishwarbhai Hirabhai Dabhi is originally from Gujarat, India, but now lives in New Jersey. One of his greatest blessings is that all of his children received good educations and now have settled in Australia and the U.S. Ishwarbhai has been interested in mission work since he was a child, and now he has been able to share the gospel in various cities in Australia and the U.S.

For a time Ishwarbhai returned to Gujarat to serve the Lord by helping those in need. While he was there, doctors found tumors in two places in his brain. At the same time, he was suffering from severe problems with diabetes. The doctors warned him that he had a short time to live. But he was not afraid of this news because he believes death will take him to the joyful presence of the Lord. His doctors were surprised by his joyful attitude. In spite of this serious health condition, Ishwarbhai has been joyfully involved in serving the Lord by helping people in need. He does not worry about his health. He is more concerned about serving the Lord than he is afraid of death. It gives him great joy to be involved in the Lord's service.

I can think of several people I know who fit into this category of serving the Lord in spite of their health; one of them being Ken Blackman. Who can you think of?

Prayer: O Father, accept the ways we help others in service to you. By our example, allow others to find it in their hearts to serve you as well, in Jesus' name. amen.

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