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My girlfriend is having a miscarriage and I am feeling overwhelmed.

I was to the hospital on Saturday for myself. I could feel that I was getting sick with either bronchitis or pneumonia. I decided to go to the emergency department of my local hospital so I could be put on medication immediately instead of letting this get worse while waiting to see my family doctor on Monday.

When you are in a wheelchair, like myself, it is very obvious that you have a physical disability. I've used this and the whole set of challenges caused by my physical disability as an opportunity to encourage others. I know what it means to suffer.

While in the emergency department waiting room I was sitting across from a young man in his late teens or very early 20's. His facial expression showed the stress he was feeling.

I asked if I could talk to him. He agreed to this. I introduced myself. I told him just some of the challenges I've been through with my hips: I focused on the recurring surgeries and stints of physiotherapy I've endured during the past decade. I felt he could relate to this and talking about my chronic pain wasn't going to be helpful in this situation. I wanted him to understand that I knew what it is like to endure uncertainty and disappointment.

He shared the crisis he was facing: His girlfriend was two months pregnant and might be having a miscarriage. I could feel his pain. I've listened many times of people have talked of experiencing miscarriages and the grieving they have experienced following this. It became obvious just how stressful this was for him.

When I've gone through the biggest challenges with my disability instead of focusing on the big picture I've just focused on going a day a time. This has helped me not feel overwhelmed. Also I've set myself short term goals. This comes with a trust everything will be ok. It doesn't mean everything will go perfect. But I have confidence I will get through or learn new skills to cope with obstacles as they are presented to me. It means breaking down challenges into manageable pieces and asking for help and support from friends when needed.

God is present with us in our suffering and uncertainty. He is a close a short prayer calling out for His help. His comfort and hope sustains during the periods in life when uncertainty is overwhelming.

Prepared By: Ron Piggott

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The Verse of the Day For
Friday, December 15, 2017

  • Bible Reading
  • Luke 1:26-38
  • In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin\'s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God." "I am the Lord\'s servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.
  • NIV
  • Devotional Reflection Thought
  • God's gift for mankind is Jesus. Have you opened this gift yet?
  • Name Of God
  • Psalms 19:14
  • One Year Bible Reading Guide
  • Haggai 1 & 2; Proverbs 29
  • Bible Trivia Question
  • Category: The Four Gospels
    Question: Was John the Baptist kin to Jesus?
    • True
    • False
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