Favorite Stories For September


  1. Bob Donald
    Oct 12, 2011

    Thanks Dr. Bailey for the post today about favorite stories. In reading the stories about “Why is Ecclesiastes in the Bible” and “Making it to five o’clcok” it reminded me about an experience in my life and my families life wherein my sisters son died at age 21 from the improper removal of a intravienous port doctors had placed in his artery in the neck. He had been in a terrible automobile accident and had undergone surgery but was doing fine. He was about to go home and the hospital was preparing him for the trip home, giving instructions for his care, and gathering together what belongings he had there at the hospital. The last item was to remove the port. You know that’s one of those tools used to quickly inject meds into the blood stream when needed. anyway, a doctor came in to remove the port and did not properly go about the removal and caused an air imbulism to occur in the blood stream, moving to the brain, well……you know what happened then. He stayed on life support for a couple more days but the decision had to be made to remove him from it and he left this world. This event still bothers us all but one day my mother and I were discussing the events leading up to Lee’s death and I asked what was the purpose or message from God that came about from all of this? The answer hit me hard that day and is summed up in what was said in your story about Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). The real key being trust and placing your trust in Him and Jesus Christ, not doctors, not hospitals, not ourselves, but Him.

  2. Waylon
    Oct 12, 2011

    Thanks for your story and your wonderful, faith-filled application. Life is full of tragedy and pain. We can be thankful that we know the end of the story that was not yet revealed in Ecclesiastes.

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