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Over 80 Experiences Including Dying and How Christ Fits In

Discussion in 'Golden Eagles 50+' started by MitchW, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. MitchW

    MitchW New Member Supporter

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    I am age 84, a believer in Christ and am facing all kinds of challenges. Abuse of the elderly is common. Two doctors maimed my feet 5 years ago and I can hardly stand or walk. Left lung always feels pain.

    Pastor of my UCC Church visited once FOUR YEARS AGO and has not called or visited since then. He has placed me on the "housebound" list in the weekly bulletin. Only the Church Organist visited me about 4 times before I was awake and only spoke to my wife. Flowers are delivered on every holiday.

    All family members have broken off with my including my brother and my son. Grandkids never call or visit. Only my wife stands by me 100%. My daughter visits once per week for 30 to 60 minutes and calls for 3 minutes per week. She sometimes answers my calls.

    I've gotten back to reading the Bible as God's Word seems to form a bridge to Heaven.

    I've been in Hospice for 3 weeks and my primary care physician thought I would die that very day last October.

    Only Christ is with me every minute of every day. I await his Call to take me to Heaven.
     
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    joshua 1 9 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I am only 67 but I find myself becoming more heavenly minded. That is talking or communicating with people that are in Heaven. Of course I spend a reasonable amount of time to pray for strength and for healing. We need to do what we can to minister to others and help them in their need. Then more people will come to visit us and even become dependent on us. My dad worked up until he was 86. It was when he was forced to retire that he began to deteriorate. He always believed we needed to contribute to society and do what we can to help others. Good that your wife is so devoted and willing to do what she can to take care of you.
     
  3. Greengardener

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    Welcome to the forum, MitchW. Sounds like you've been through a lot. At at time when people should be drawing near in helpfulness, it's hard to find yourself being alone, and I'm glad your wife has faithfully standing by you. You are right in that He promised He would never leave or forsake you. I hope you find comfort in the encouragement from us on this online platform as I have found from being here.
     
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  4. nChrist

    nChrist AKA: Tom - Saved By Grace Through Faith Supporter

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    Hello MitchW,

    Welcome to the Golden Eagles. I hope that you enjoy it here. You and your wife will be in my prayers every night. May God give you and your wife comfort and joy.
     
  5. rebornfree

    rebornfree Senior Veteran Supporter

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    Hi MitchW, nice to see you here. :wave:

    I'm sorry that you have had so many difficulties. Life isn't always easy. How good that you have your wife, though, and above all your Saviour. He will see you through if you have given your life to Him. I agree about the Bible being important and our 'comforting scriptures' thread may help you too. It is there for any of us who are going through difficult times. Also you might like to join in some of the other threads.

    I love the Gaither Vocal Band's song "Home where I belong". I've posted it on the 'Today I'm Grateful for...' thread, #2284. I didn't copy it here because I'm not sure whether it would be helpful or not. It's true for any Christian, any age, though. :)
     
  6. MitchW

    MitchW New Member Supporter

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    Here is another favorite of mine:



    There's a land that is fairer than day,
    And by faith we can see it afar;
    For the Father waits over the way
    To prepare us a dwelling place there.

    [Refrain:]
    In the sweet by and by,
    We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
    In the sweet by and by,
    We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

    We shall sing on that beautiful shore
    The melodious songs of the blessed;
    And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
    Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.

    To our bountiful Father above,
    We will offer our tribute of praise
    For the glorious gift of His love
    And the blessings that hallow our days.
     
  7. MitchW

    MitchW New Member Supporter

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    Rebornfree,

    We all have to simply trust in Christ and await the day He comes to take us away.
     
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  8. Heavenhome

    Heavenhome Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Dear Mitch you have a hard time and I am sorry for all that has happened and the difficulties you face now.
    I have said previously that I believe it is at times like this that we realise that our precious Saviour is the only one who truly understands all we are going through and will lovingly bear our burdens.
    Sadly your experience with the church seems all too common and it is to its shame everywhere where a church neglects any of their members.We sometimes forget that there is also much worldliness in the church nowadays.
    I find myself less and less interested in things of this world because ultimately God is all that matters and I feel so out of touch and alien in this world.
    I think this as a whole is a good thing because here is NOT our home and I long for heaven.
    Knowing our time here on earth is in His hands is comforting because it reminds us that there is a purpose for everything that has happened in our life and painful as it may be, I know that in my instance, my pain and other circumstances have driven me to Him and keeps me there, for I know that ultimately no matter what others may do He is the only one I can trust to NEVER leave me.
    As He will also never leave or forsake you dear brother.
    God bless you and your dear wife.Praying for you both.:prayer:
     
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    Thanks Mitch for sharing that video of Sweet By & By - love the song but never heard Kenny Rogers sing it before - he does a great job.

    Music brings such solace to the heart. Here is a really nice collection of Gospel songs in a similar style;


    Like you I am getting on in years and sometimes don't feel very useful but you know, we can always pray for others. I believe prayer has greater value than anything else we can do for others.

    I'm glad you are online as you will meet many wonderful people here and in other Christian forums.
     
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  10. nChrist

    nChrist AKA: Tom - Saved By Grace Through Faith Supporter

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    I like to listen to Southern Gospel music while I'm posting and doing other various things on the Internet.

    Southern Gospel Radio

    It's free and you don't need any other programs to enjoy it. Did I mention that there is no advertising, just music and an occasional announcement from the DJ. You also have your choice of other types of Christian music.
     
  11. Heavenhome

    Heavenhome Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Hello Mitch, for the last two weeks I have been listening to John MacArthur on Grace to You's broadcast that, believe it or not is all about heaven. It is his 50th year in the ministry and they are playing some of his previous broadcasts.
    I have found it really helpful because firstly it is straight out Bible exposition, not someone's idea of what heaven will be like and secondly because I think we should prepare and think about where God has for us.
    Nowadays more than ever we need to be looking forward rather than at present circumstances and heaven seems to be neglected in many sermons.
    Anyway I am just letting you know in case you may like to listen.
    God bless you.
     
  12. Heavenhome

    Heavenhome Well-Known Member Supporter

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    PS. It is also free and there are hundreds of others available.:)
     
  13. MitchW

    MitchW New Member Supporter

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    I like that song, "It's a Beautiful Morning." I tried to get it on Amazon music but simply cannot find it.

    I even tried Carol Roberson but it sounds different in Amazon.

    That record seems to be on Youtube only.
     
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  14. rebornfree

    rebornfree Senior Veteran Supporter

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    I enjoyed that Kenny Rogers version of the song MitchW. :)
     
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