Any Spare Change, Sir?

Any Spare Change, Sir?

The Name of Jesus is the One Lever That Lifts the World.

And as ye go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come into a house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet …” (Matthew 10:7-14)

Every individual has a story to share. However, there are some people, who in spite of an intense yearning to tell their story to others will rarely have this opportunity. There are reasons for this. On one level, there are those within society who will be judgemental, already formulating an opinion about a person’s status in life – particularly if their current occupation is “begging for change” on the street. Others prefer to disregard or overlook the plight of others who are less fortunate, even if the individual’s circumstance is clearly short-term. Still, others believe that by ignoring people who beg, society will be rid of these types of folks, albeit through mental illness institutions, sickness or death.

This week, while on the job, I happened upon some people asking for money.  Their faces were gaunt. Their eyes hollow. Their dirty unkempt clothes less than desirable for those who quickly sauntered by them. Sometimes, they speak. Sometimes, they hide behind a simple sign that states, “Spare change – hungry – help.”

I began to wonder about their individual story. Did they use to live a normal life? Did they used to work? Didn’t they once have dreams, like you and I? Was there someone out there who loved them and prayed every night for their safety? Moreover, did they ever want to just stop and say to people who passed by – “No, please. I used to be normal. Yes, I worked. I had dreams. There are people who love me but I am just too ashamed to ask for their help.” Or, perhaps cry out in desperation, “I don’t know what happened to me but I want to change this. I just don’t know what to do.”

I remember hearing the quote – “if not for the grace of God, there goes I.” Indeed, in a moment of unforeseen circumstance, it could be you and I begging for change on the street. Therefore, we should never forget how close to the edge we all walk. How very thankful we should be, remembering how tenderly and compassionately Jesus treated those less fortunate. The parable of the Good Samaritan comes to mind. Freely we receive His many blessings upon our lives … therefore, freely give. (Matthew 10:7-14)

God bless,

Doug

Moving Forward – One Step in Front of the Other!

Moving Forward – One Step in Front of the Other!

  “Who is as the wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face to shine, and the boldness  of his face shall be changed.” (Ecclesiastes 8:1)

Change management is never easy – particularly, when it exists in a profession that routinely changes daily. So, in my world of courier deliveries, the announcement that changes were coming was not a surprise. But this time it seemed different. The drivers were informed that “lots of changes” were coming at work. We already knew about the new scanners (meaning more after hours training), more freight (meaning longer working hours), new drivers (meaning additional distress calls to long-time drivers) etc. but how does one prepare for new routes?

This is where many of us, as employees become challenged. Do we rise to the occasion, recognizing that change in the long run will be beneficial to the organization? Or, do we become stressed, that decisions are being made, from which we are – on many levels — rendered as non-participants?

In my personal life, I firmly believe that sometimes we have to hang onto those principles which have been proven to work. My reasoning is this. While the old ways sometimes require more effort on our part, the rewards are more profound and long lasting. But in a professional workplace, our personal beliefs and suggestions are often relegated to second place, by virtue that it is a “professional” workplace.

As I pondered these seemingly “never the twain shall meet” perspectives, I began to realize that I love my job. I honestly love being a courier driver – in spite of the day-to-day challenges that can occur. As such, I feel blessed to have a good paying job that still allows me to spend time with my family and loved ones. Moreover, I believe that we should be very thankful for what we have. In my case, I live in on an island that we call paradise – a rare and priceless pearl – when we consider the violence and siege that are prominent in other places in the world.

And then, as I thought about the many blessings that Jesus has bestowed upon my life, I can attest that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. It has been over 2000 years since we were blessed with Jesus’ presence in person but His teachings are as relevant and as meaningful today as they ever were.

John Knox once wrote, “No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; [but] no other man has been so devoutly loved.”

So when the times are changing – whether it’s our technology, our relationships, or our job – stand still for a moment and recognize that always looking for the next best thing in life is not always the answer. Sometimes, the answer is in our heart. Praise Jesus for giving me the wisdom to know the difference.

Regards,

Doug

Mums Are Special

Mums Are Special …

“Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise.” (Ephesians 6:2)

Motherhood is one of God’s greatest callings! Coming from a large family, one gains a special insight into the sacrifices that mothers will make for their children. In this context, my mother was definitely special. Indeed, my Mum was the most unselfish person I ever knew. She lived a simple, old fashioned life. She sewed her own dresses using simple patterns, always buying the cheapest material. As a child, I had always wondered why. As I grew older, I began to understand her reasoning. That is, if one of her kids needed a coat or socks or pants, she would need money to pay for it. And from Mum’s perspective, her children always came first.

Even though she had a myriad of health problems, she rarely complained. No fancy restaurants. No theaters. Her life focussed solely on her family and their well-being. That meant Mum being at home most of the time. During those formative years, she taught me the difference between right and wrong. While she tolerated no fools, she never made anyone feel like one.

When I think of comparable mothers in the Bible, I believe my mother was most like Jochebed, the mother of Moses. In fact, I could see my Mum (by faith) setting her baby boys adrift in the Nile River to avoid being killed. In this case, Jochebed hoped that someone would find the baby and raise him to be a proclaimer for the Kingdom.

“And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son.” And she called his name Moses: and she said, “Because I drew him out of the water.” (Exodus 2:10-11)

As we know, God honoured her prayer, making sure that the baby was found by Pharaoh’s daughter and that Jochebed would become the son’s nurse. The baby – Moses – was later used mightily by God to free the Hebrew people from 400 years of bondage and slavery, eventually taking them through forty years in the desert to the Promised Land.

“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” (Hebrews 11:23-25)

Unfortunately, my Mum lived only long enough to receive a couple of old age pension cheques which my Mum shared equally with everyone else.

I learned a lot from my Mum. Her strength in facing the world made me who I am today. As such, I will always respect and always cherish her memory. Rest in peace this Mother’s Day Mum.

Love from your son,

Doug

What an Awesome God We Serve!

What An Awesome God We Serve …

“But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them: let them also that love Thy name be joyful in thee.” (Psalms 5:11) 

“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself,  because it is not there. There is no such thing.” (C. S. Lewis)

My life is simple. I work. I go home. Where I can, I try to make the world a better place. Within this routine called life, I had long ago resigned myself to spending the rest of my life as a “single” long haul trucker. However, unbeknownst to me, God had a different plan for my life.

Today, I am married to a wonderful lady. But this miraculous coming together did not happen easily. You see, I am not a very complicated kind of guy so God had to make meeting my life partner as simple as possible. What did He do? He moved her in right next door.

Yes, right next door. Even as a long-haul truck driver who traveled throughout North America for weeks at a time, this woman’s presence in our neighbourhood was hard to miss. She even came with a very happy young boy. Still, this simple guy needed a nudge, or, as some people might suggest — a push.

But God, in His infinite wisdom wasn’t waiting around for me to decide when to connect. Rather, He encouraged this young lady to ask me to go with her to a hockey game. The rest is history.

This one-time “single” fella is now married to his soul mate, and it all happened when I least expected it. What an awesome God we serve. The next question is – where to Lord from here?

God bless,

Doug

Life is But a Fleeting Moment

Life is But a Fleeting Moment

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.” (James 4:4)

As I look out the window this day, I see that it is snowing. As Islanders call it, “blowing and snowing, snowing and blowing.” But my question is this. Where did the summer go? It seems like only hours ago, we were planning summer outings, picnics, beach trips and treks to the fairground. Now, it’s all about snow blowers, Christmas lights, and winter clothing.

When I think further about the passage of time, it reminds me once again of the short and very finite nature of our earthly existence. There is so much to do yet so little time to make a positive difference in the world in which we live. We go to work each day, trying to make a worthy contribution therein. Our children grow up and leave us. Retirement and old age creeps in. As humans, we slowly lose our faculties and then it’s the casket. Sounds grim when we put it this way.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way. We can be hopeful. We can be at peace. And yes, we can even be filled with joy. His joy. The joy of the same Lord God who created us in the beginning and loved us enough to die on the cross for our transgressions. He never fails. He is the Master of the seasons. At the same time. He knows our needs, even before we ask.

But when death comes, we better be prepared for this inevitability. Often, in today’s world, people get so tied up in the petty details of busy-ness and obligations that they omit the most important instruction for our soul. That is, to prepare thine soul by believing on Jesus the Christ. Seeking His righteousness, grace and mercy in their heart.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you for every one that asks, receives; and he that seeks, finds; and to him that knocks, it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or, if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him? Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do you even so to them for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:7-12)

So don’t wait for the grim reaper to come to your house as a thief in the night. Be prepared for death. Ask Jesus to be your Lord and King. Accept Him in your heart as your Lord and Saviour. And don’t forget to read your Bible daily so that when life on this earth does end, you can immediately enter into everlasting paradise as a son or daughter of the Most High — where seasons and the trials and tribulations of life will no longer be a concern.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten …” (John 3:16)

The Reason I Am Victorious

The Reason I Am Victorious

Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Throughout our lives, we are constantly being tested and challenged. The question is this. How we respond to these challenges in terms of the measure of our faith? Do we get angry at God,our families, or worse, ourselves? Or, do we take life as it is dealt and then, by casting all our burdens on our Lord God and Saviour, systematically and methodically work through the circumstance. There is always a solution. We just have to listen intently and let God provide the better response.

 

As much as I say this, and know it deep in my heart, there are still challenges. This past week was one such week. We live on an island that is connected by a bridge. The bridge is called Confederation Bridge and links the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, Canada together. Since the bridge construction began, I have jokingly said that when they designed it,they had a “group brain cramp”.  And I worked on the monstrosity for two years. You see, every time high winds are forecast, the authorities in charge shut the bridge down. As one can imagine, this creates some very interesting logistical problems for just about every business  that deals with product.

Long haul truck drivers are forced sit it out — in long lineups — until the wind subsides. In terms of time, the wait could last from 15 minutes to hours and/or days. Having been a long haul truck driver at one point in my life,  I can honestly say that this is no fun.  You can only sleep so much.

This week, the bridge was closed. When they finally opened the bridge, and freight arrives at local courier companies, it can be quite a load. This is where   I come in. Currently, I work in the supply chain management sector as a courier driver. After sitting on the other side of the bridge for far too long, the tractor trailer driver finally arrives at the depot. Therein, he is greeted by some very impatient drivers who have not only lost pay but are now running hours late for the current day.”Fell asleep again ay Joe?”I say, trying to lighten up the emotions.  He just grins sleepily and proceeds to unload the truck.

Now, at this point, the best case scenario would be that we are starting our routes a couple hours late and are just a little heavy on the freight.  A much worse case scenario is when Joe doesn’t get over at all the previous day. That means we have two days worth of freight to deliver. And yes, that is exactly what happened and what a busy day this “extra” makes for. Normally, I keep in pretty good physical shape and rarely do I get  flat out exhausted. But this day, I did just that.  Running with boxes and twice as many stops as normal, plus demanding customers and traffic etc. doesn’t make things go better.

But I got through it. In fact, I am fortunate that I can thank the good Lord that super windy days are relatively a rare phenomenon around here.  I don’t think I could handle too many of these double freight days … lol! The starter on my truck quitting is quite another story. But even when multiple things go wrong, I know the Lord takes good care of me. I know that giving thanks to my Lord and Saviour — even in the midst of unexpected challenges reaps blessings. David, the psalmist wrote, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise, be thankful unto Him and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4) Who can go wrong with the Most High King of the universe on our side? Thank you Jesus — for this is the day that You have made!

Labour to Enter Into His Rest

Labour to Enter Into His Rest

“For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His.” (Hebrews 4:10)

What’s in it for me? It seems like the longer I live, the more society appears to be developing an “entitlement” culture. Everyone wants something, but increasingly, no one wants to work for it. Even those who want to work, desire more than they actually can possess given their household income. Consider the public sector, for example. Every conceivable benefit the working person ever desired is theirs without even asking. Recent business surveys allude to public servants enjoying inflated wages compared to those in the private sector. At the same time, reports state that these same government employees have a greater rate of job security as well as a generous pension plan and yet, still make up a significant portion of households in debt.

 

For those on the other side of the spectrum, there are welfare benefits, free health care if you don’t work, and overly generous food banks depending on who you are.  Never in recorded history have so many families owed so much to so few. Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not implying that there isn’t some need for these safety nets in our society, but the key word here should focus on need –not want. Certainly, when we are encouraged in the scriptures to “enter into His rest,” a sense of entitlement (or not working at all) is not the type of rest that the Lord meant. Moreover, as believers, we would never want to be in a position whereby we would not” enter His rest because we did not focus on our Most High King. (Hebrews 4:4-9) The Lord promises His blessings and the least we can do is be willing to dedicate our life to Him in return.

 

But why doesn’t everyone want to do the same? Obviously, my strong feelings about an emerging entitlement society stems from my own childhood background. I grew up in a small house. We shared our driveway with another house. In my hometown, this house was a part of the social housing network. The people who lived there did not go to work every day, or for that matter go to work any day. Many times, I remember my father climbing over huge snow banks caused by their car in the driveway to walk a mile or more to get to work. He did this EVERY day.

 

Needless to say, my father’s work ethic to keep going even when so many others would not has had a profound impact on me. It allowed me to gain a very good understanding of the meaning of labour, and the pride that comes from working for a living. At the same time, I also gained a serious disrespect for the abusers of the safety nets we have, and subsequently the entitlement culture that is growing rapidly around us. The “What’s in it for me?” crowd that willingly take but are less enthusiastic about giving back to the social fabric.

 

Fortunately, the New Testament provides particular insights into the “What’s in it for me?” question. You see the response in the world differs for those of us who believe in Jesus because labouring to enter His rest means that we can be joyful, at peace, content with our station in the world, and all the time blessed by the King of kings and Lord of lords. We have become the light of the world, because Jesus is in our hearts. “And we [can] know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

 

As an aside, Hebrews chapter four below elaborates on the theme of “His rest.” Blessings!

 

“Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached. as well as unto them, but the Word preached did not profit them, not having been mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as He said, “As I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.” For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise … and God did rest the seventh day from all His works, and in this place again, “If they shall enter into My rest.”

 

Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief. Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, “Today after so long a time; as it is said, “To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” For if Jesus had given them rest, then would He not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For He that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Hebrews 4:1-11)

 

Hoping for that Better Tomorrow

Hoping For That Better Tomorrow

 “A good name [is] better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1)

It is tough driving for a living. Everybody is in a hurry to go somewhere. Work, shopping, coffee, even home — you name it and you will find people rushing to get there. I often wonder if these same people are similarly rushing through life. I can’t for the life of me figure out why. No matter what one does, you can’t stop the march of time.

So, the other day I was maneuvering my cube van through a supermarket parking lot. In the distance, I spotted a young couple making their way to the front of the store. The two were pushing their stroller with their little baby inside. Watching I thought, “What a great looking young family.” Just then, a car came along. The driver obviously didn’t see them. The couple had to stop walking in order to let the car go by. Not a life threatening situation by any stretch but a little disconcerting for the pedestrians.

All of a sudden the dad stopped and gave the universal sign of displeasure to the driver of the car. But the car in question was going slowly — roughly a half a mile per hour. By now, I was closer to where this action was taking place. I happened to notice the driver of the car. She was an elderly lady driving with what looked like a death grip on the steering wheel.

Whether she should be still driving or not is a whole debate unto itself and one that I’d rather not venture into. But this example sure changed my impression of this young family. Here I was thinking about the importance of family and how these two, with the baby were almost idyllic. Wrong! Instead, I witnessed the reaction of a dad that I thought was classless and rude.  If this is the norm, we’ve certainly lost something in our society. Manners, respect, and empathy to name a few.

In fact, it’s too bad. These types of action are definitely not for the better and do very little to make the social fabric better. Huey Long once said “every man a king.” I beg to differ. God did make man in His own image — grant it — and He did give us the power to rule the world. He gave us the power to make decisions and authority over the world. But we are not kings on an island unto itself. Within this earthly realm, there is only one true King. He is the King who created the world and then loved us enough to die on a cross. He who knew no sin became sin and died a painful death so that we may have a chance to live in eternal paradise with our Lord God and Saviour.

I pray that someday that dad has an opportunity to learn about Jesus and His amazing love for us. It would be good for him to know the two commandments Jesus gave while on earth — to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love one another.

Overcoming Winter Trials and Tribulations

Overcoming Winter Trials and Tribulations

“For ye have need of patience, that shall after ye have done the will of God ye might receive the promise.” (Hebrews 10:36)

I live in Canada’s smallest province. Here, the Island is famous for nasty weather. The good news is that most years, the weather is not an issue until “after” Christmas. All I can say is “not” this year. It appears that nasty weather is all we’ve been getting lately. An early season snowstorm or two with outside temperatures dropping to -26 and colder. Then, within a few hours or a day, it warms up to +5 before spiralling downward again. For people like me who make our living from driving, weather like this makes for some really difficult travelling conditions.

What makes it so bad is that this is only December. At home, we’ve already had two fills in our oil tank. This has led me to think seriously about alternative heat sources, particularly when continuous weather like this could make for an expensive winter heating with oil. Personally, I’d like to put in a wood stove. Unfortunately, my wife is revealing herself as anti-wood. Haha … maybe I can sneak a wood stove into the basement. Maybe she would not notice … hmmm.

Then, there is the increasingly popular heat pump. I have been hearing some good feedback on these comfort systems. They apparently are popular in Europe. They were designed for the milder winter temperatures of Europe when they first came out. Now it seems that they have adjusted their design to accommodate our colder Canadian climate. It is certainly worth looking into someday. We don’t have gas on the Island which complicates our ability to heat cheaply.

As I considered these (and other) heating alternatives, I tried starting my expensive honda snowblower. The driveway was filling with snow and it seemed like a good thing to do. Surprise, surprise — at least to me — the battery had died. After putting it on the charger for a few hours, it finally started. (Sometimes, I think that I really don’t have much luck with small engines.) We also had a plug put directly into our breaker box so that if we would have an emergency source of electricity if the power went out. In that situation, the other end of the plug goes into our new dewalt generator, and voila, we have power. Sounds like a relatively simple procedure, right?

Well, as luck would have it, the power did go out. I came downstairs at 3:30 a.m. (Yes,I am an early riser.) I went outside and, after a serious attempt at recall, I finally started the generator. I then went back inside and with eager anticipation, proceeded to turn on my coffee maker. I heard the percolator start and the water start to drip. But then, without warning I heard the generator surging and sputtering. I went back outside and noticed the smell of gasoline. You guessed it. The gasoline had all leaked out. What a mess. That was the end of my coffee. Not a good thing.

It has been several days now and the generator is still not fixed. I still have not figured out a heat source that is affordable and one that my wife can appreciate. And my expensive snowblower may or not work when I need it. On the positive, I have managed to drink lots of coffee. So, whenever life throws curve balls at us — whether it be a generator not working, being fired from a job or losing a loved one — we should always remember that this life is not the end game.

God gives us His promises if we would only do His will. If we would only seek Jesus and His righteousness in our lives. In other words, while we may need to dwell on the earthly priorities in times of need, let’s focus more often on the heavenly so that we can spend eternity with our Lord and Saviour — in complete peace — in heaven. Blessings!

Being Grateful for Life

Being Grateful for Life

 And Jesus said unto them, “I am the bread of life. He that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)

Just the other day, I asked myself, “What makes Canada so special?” I considered this question important because sometimes we get so caught up in the daily grind of life that we forget to be thankful for the enormous privileges we enjoy every day. Certainly, living in Canada makes each and every one of us the most fortunate people in the world. Even when we are just earning a living and making only minimum wage puts us in the top 10 percent of wage earners in the world. What an enormous privilege.

Further, we can go to the supermarket and for a reasonable cost (coupled with some smart budgeting) we can enjoy a more bountiful supply of food choices than was ever set before any of our predecessors. In fact, there was a time when owning a car was a rare and exciting thing — not to mention very expensive. Decades later, almost everybody and anybody owns their own car. Don’t believe me? Just look at the student parking lot in most high schools.

When I was in high school,I didn’t even dream about owning my own car. Why not? Because my parents didn’t have a car so I learned how to live without. Since those family days, I have worked hard to own many cars — not all at once — and at one point, even a motorbike and tractor trailer at the same time. Right now, I am currently the owner (well to be honest me and the bank) of a beautiful, or at least a good looking GMC cube van,and co-owner of a lovely navy blue Santa-Fe. I mean, that’s what my wife tells me when it’s broken down. Anyway,I digress.

My point is this. Whether we own a car or not, we should appreciate that life is precious. I can say this because I see the trials and tribulations that people face in my day to day. Part of my duties as a courier driver is to deliver cancer medications to people who suffer from this terrible disease. Most of the customers I’ve had are older. This past week, however, I met a new customer — a beautiful young lady, probably, at most 16 or 17 years of age. What a sad thing for someone just starting out in life to have to face such a battle. Now don’t get wrong. It is sad for anyone to suffer through this terrible scourge but it is especially sad to see it in a young person. It just goes to show that we must never take anything for granted in this life. Every breath matters.

Indeed, each and every day is a blessing from our Lord and Saviour. He knows the number of hairs on our head. He knows what is in our hearts. He knows the difficulties and struggles we experience in life whereby just having a dollar in our pocket, a warm place to lay our head and a meal on our plate is most appreciated. Because of this, we should never forget that life is precious. Living in a western nation like Canada just reinforces the point that we need to always be thankful for what we have — even when life isn’t going so well. Why?

There are several reasons for this. First, even in our darkest, most difficult moments we still live in the top 10% of the world’s wage earners. Second, we can know that Jesus still heals — even in cancer. Third and more importantly, we can be forever grateful because as believers in Jesus the Christ by faith, we are the sons and daughters of the Most High … and as a consequence, we can delight in the knowledge that in Jesus the Christ who died on a cross for you and I, we will never be forgotten. Praise Jesus today. Expect a miracle. And thank Him for His goodness and grace that surpasses all human understanding.