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    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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Email Update on Mark

I thought I’d share an email with all of you who have asked for updates on how Mark is doing after his accident. It is from his mom.

“Mark is doing as well as can be expected. We made the trip straight through from Virginia so it would be easier on him knowing he wouldn’t be able to sleep in a motel bed and was more comfortable in the reclined seat in the van. Other than get out to an appointment with physical therapy and at the burn unit yesterday he has only been off the couch to use the bathroom. Today is the first day he hasn’t taken his pain meds every 4 hours. He has actually played a little bit with Mackenzie, and that is a first, so it was good to see that. He has a long road ahead not only with the healing of the burns but with the therapy – he had very little range of motion with the left elbow, almost none with his left wrist and fingers. His burns are more extensive than when it first happened because it takes 24-48 hours for them to completely manifest themselves, and he has also burns on the right side of his face, right arm, and more extensive ones on his left side of his face that go around to the back side of his neck.

God has been good and He continues to prove himself faithful, but it has indeed been a discouraging week as he has found out that he doesn’t have collision coverage which he thought he had on the vehicle, and he still owes on it. We are also running into road blocks everywhere in getting things duplicated the most recent being his license which we are at a stand – still on. It has been countless hours on the phone with frustration after frustration.

He is just glad to be here and trusting each day will prove to be better with less pain. Up until today he has been pretty groggy and hasn’t been doing a lot of talking to anybody, but did take a couple of calls today. Thanks for your prayers and concern for him–it means a lot.”

 

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