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  • Lisa Smith

A Gift

After my first husband was told he had terminal cancer with little hope of survival, we had ten weeks to prepare before he went Home. During that time he prayed under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that God would send a man into my life after he was gone. I wept and beat his chest yelling that I wanted him healed so he could stay with me. He insisted saying, “you have a lot of love to give and I don’t want you to be alone. Please keep an open mind after I’m gone.” The third time this conversation occurred, I promised Joe I would keep an open mind. He never brought the subject up again.

Matthew 7: 9-11 says, “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, gives him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

Six months after Joe’s death, I met my future husband, Dave. I marvel daily at God’s grace and care over me and our children through Dave. Joe asked his heavenly Father to take care of me and the kids after he was gone, and God answered.

“Father God, many times I don’t understand Your thoughts and Your ways, but I trust You anyways. Joe’s quiet prayer of faith was answered in unique and wonderful ways and I thank You daily for Dave. He is truly a gift from You.” Amen.

“Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation of turning.” James 1:17 (Printed in our wedding bulletin 07/11/2011)

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