Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Letter from Penny.

Tom's Journal.

Sharon and Tom at church. She needs her Oxygen to breathe 24/ 7.

Sorry, folks.... I just HAD TO share this fine, moving letter from a dear friend in NV who has blessed us with all kinds of special blessings, encouragement and knowledge. I hope I don't get in trouble for posting this-- but it is so inspirational to me and has touched my heart -- and I hope that it will touch yours too, and move you to ACTION!

Penny is married to Robb, who is a combat Vietnam Veteran, like me, who found the Lord later in life, but has been stricken with a stroke [I believe] and other sicknesses, maybe Malaria from combat in 'Nam. It's got to be a real bummer to have all his physical and mental PAIN, but worse that he is losing his memory [ I believe dementia], and poor Penny has to somehow deal with it. She was a missionary in Mexico for many years, and has a wealth of vast experience and blessing from serving the Lord all these years. She has been a blessing in my life for the past few years, and we try to encourage each other. Sharon has talked to Penny a few times on the phone and learned a lot too-- and bonded to her.

It's really kind of stupid to beat your chest with all kinds of prideful non-sense-- in thinking that you are something special. Pride is a dangerous sin! You [we] could be struck with a disabling sickness, injury or condition in a heart beat! James 4:14, says, " Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanishesth away." KJV. Understanding scripture like this makes one humble and therefore pleasing to God Almighty. Then we can serve Him better in greater strength and do His work. In this way we store up our 'treasures in heaven where moth and and rust cannot consume.'

Such is the power of the pen, emails, letters, phone calls, from smart, Bible educated real, true Christians like dear Penny, and many others who know that their Prime Directive, First Order, is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ -- but also to love, cherish and help other Christians in their time of need. All the silly manure we send in the way of jokes and baloney via emails gives least meaning and wastes our precious time in these 'End Times' .... but endearing letters like Penny's are a shinning testament to her love for Jesus and His commandments.

Thank you so much, Penny Perez!

Warm Regards,
Tom Schuckman
Jesus is Lord

Hi Tom ~ I am so sorry that Sharon is suffering and going downhill. Yes, I believe that your main job with her was to bring her into the path of Christ. I know it is difficult being a caretaker. It's not what we signed up for. As you know, I was a widowed missionary when Rob came into my life. I had no intention of ever marrying again. I just wanted to serve the Lord. And I hear you saying that as well. You serve the Lord well through your blog, bible distribution, by your very presence. You have studied the Word and share that study with so many people. It's His work you are doing as you care for her. As Rob deteriorates, I wonder how much more care he will need from me. I didn't expect this. I'm angry that I am in this position. Then I see him outside talking to a hurting, tattooed young man. He's talking to him about Jesus. He puts his hand on him and calls him "son". The boy's eyes water and he walks away, but the seed has been planted. He waves at Rob daily. I will care for this man as long as I am physically able. He's forgotten the date, our wedding, what happened a couple of days ago, but he has not forgotten who he is in Christ. He ministers daily to the hurting. Amazing grace. Who am I to decide what the Lord will have me do? My eyes are on the prize. As you have, I see the signs. I know the time is short and there is much to do. Care taking seems to get in the way of that. Perhaps the very act of caring is our way to open more doors. Please know that we pray for you and Sharon daily and love you both without ever having met you face to face. It will be our joy to meet you when Christ comes.

In the service of Jesus, Penny

Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.

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