What a fascinating and encouraging last few days. Visiting with some new and old friends in ministry left me with a fresh appreciation of the grace of God.

This was particularly true last night when we listened to a phone interview of a 50+ year old Senior Pastor who has contracted a rare degenerative and incurable disease that has left him in the need of a heart transplant. Listening to him talk about his struggle with medication and new found appreciation for every moment brought back a lot of memories for me. I wept as he recalled his conversation with his family this Christmas that either God would provide a transplant for him or take him home to glory in 2009. I felt very undeserving to be able to hear these words. I really felt like I was in the presence of greatness.

After listening to another testimony from one of the women in the group about her story of unfaithfulness and how God has graciously restored her, I was struck with a truism.

This seems to be the way that God works in his wisdom. Those that lead do so with a significant limp.
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