Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My brother's keeper - update!

I made a decision not to blog again until I had something positive to report regarding James, the gentleman I wrote about in my last blog.  Hmm…..May was the last blog entry – a long time waiting for something positive to happen in the life of someone who has so many odds stacked against him. 
Shortly after my last post, James was able to rent a spare room from a lady who attends church with us.  Securing a place to live was the first step necessary for the long process of rebuilding his life.
I am thrilled to report that James has just begun week 2 of his new job; a very good job which allows James the opportunity to provide his young daughter with health care and hopefully, a chance for advancement in the future.  Though the monetary pay is certainly not in balance with James’ work experience, the intangible benefits are priceless!  You cannot put a dollar amount on regaining one’s self-esteem or hope. 
James is also excelling in his GED classes, scoring above High School level in some subjects!  I can hardly wait to cheer him on at his graduation ceremony!
 Though our paths in life certainly aren’t without sharp detours and potholes, we can find ourselves back on track if we remember to cling to our faith, trusting that nothing comes our way that is not first Father-filtered.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.”  Psalm 46:1-3,7

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