Today, my out of state, close friend and I shared together again about ongoing life issues over the phone. Once being an active, successful business contractor, Earl is now confined by illness to his home. Although his mobility limited, Earl’s powerful spirit from God encourages, ministers and counsels many of us.
Earl often encourages those who help to care for him in his home. His similitudes and counsel have fed discouraged souls on a number of occasions in person, by email and phone. His spirit of encouragement has often watered my own dry, parched soul. Despite his own health concerns, Earl never complains; he witnesses and gives continual glory to Yeshua!
Really, it is all about perspective. Despite his physical limitations, Earl sees his cup of affliction overflowing with God’s love and grace. My spirit has been irrigated often after having phone koinonia (Greek word for communion as in fellowship) with Earl. No longer does he design and construct man-made edifices; he lovingly builds up and repairs spiritual foundations of the people he serves from an armchair.
Thank you, Earl, from all of us you bless with your transparency, grace, wisdom and hope. Brother, your more vital mission now imparts redesign and building of the eternal foundations rather than the temporal. Hallelujah!
Lord, please continue to use and bless my precious friend Earl and send more like him our way!