I am the helicopter! Copyright 2018 Bruce S. Herwig
Did you ever need and pray for help and then, when it arrived, you did not recognize it?
As happens with many seniors in their late 70s and 80s, the expenses needed to just live keep increasing quicker than any increases in Social Security and other income. Even after cutting back to a bare-bones budget, if they are fortunate to own their home, the equity of their home eventually becomes their source of needed funds. Soon there is a second and even a third loan secured by their home, which leads to higher and higher monthly payments. When all that borrowed money is used up, then the credit card balances begin to increase as only minimum monthly payments are made. Eventually, even these minimum payments are not able to be made. This often leads to filing bankruptcy which eliminates all unsecured debt, like credit card debt but not government secured loans, like student loans. Eventually, if they are fortunate, they will move in and live with a child.
Poor health and medical bills compound this. All this relentless financial stress dominates their lives and the joy and hope of a relaxed retirement are replaced with despair and worry and a feeling of hopelessness and guilt.
Try to Top This! Copyright 20017 Bruce S. Herwig After being diagnosed with cancer often depression follows as you try to cope with your shattered future dreams. Always remember, God has new dreams and new successes for you.
This God Story began in the spring of 2017. I was playing golf late one evening and as I was driving on the cart path to the next hole, I noticed that Jerry, a golfer in our men’s club, was sitting in his patio overlooking the golf course. I had not seen him playing golf lately, so I drove off the cart path to his patio. When I mentioned that I had not seen him playing golf in a while, Jerry informed me that he had been diagnosed with stage 3 bladder cancer. He shared that when all the test results were in, he and his doctors would plan how to deal with his cancer.
You Can Be Used by God on Your Way to The National Parks
Copyright 20014 Bruce S. Herwig
If God wants you to do a good work that He has prepared for you in advance, He will arrange circumstances; no matter how impossible they may seem, so His will be accomplished.
While living in Southern California, we received an invitation to our niece, Genevieve’s wedding. She was going to be married to Chad in the fall of 2014 in the ski resort of Telluride, Colorado. My wife, Carol, and I then planned a driving vacation to visit several National Parks on the way to and from the wedding and also to enjoy the beautiful fall colors. We ended up visiting seven National Parks. The town of Telluride and the wedding and surroundings were wonderful and special. It was also a fun family reunion time with all my siblings and spouses. One especially interesting portion of the marriage ceremony was that the two newlyweds were going to plant a Quaking Aspen tree as a symbol of their enduring love and commitment to each other. Why a Quaking Aspen tree?
Preparing To Die; Planning To Live Copyright 2003 Bruce S. Herwig If you knew you might die tomorrow; what would you do today?
The week before my open-heart surgery was very difficult for me. I was anxious and fearful. Is it any wonder? Think about all the things that could go wrong. I had to fight back so many negative thoughts. I felt so healthy. Was my Mitral valve really that bad? Did I really need open-heart surgery? Could I put it off? Should I put it off? These and hundreds of more unanswered questions raced through my mind. The verse “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV), was a great comfort to me during this time! I needed to concentrate on the thanksgiving part! It is hard to be “down” when you are being thankful.
I Do Not Remember Giving Five Million Dollars Have you ever forgotten about a gift or a good work that you did for God? Copyright 2003 Bruce S. Herwig
It is in the summer of 1979. I was an attorney on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ in the Charitable Giving Department. All US staff came together in the summer for staff training in Fort Collins, Colorado. I would bring my wife and three children. It was a wonderful time of refreshment, friends and inspiring talks by mighty men of God. Often the Board of Directors would meet there and be debriefed by the heads of the many ministries in the US and around the world. On this occasion the Jesus film had recently been completed. The JESUS film which had been funded by Campus Crusade for Christ is a movie filmed and produced in the Middle East and North Africa. It is about the last three and one half years of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and our Savior. It is true to the Book of Luke in the New Testament. Other than crowd noises and back-ground noises, every word Jesus speaks in the JESUS film is in the book of Luke. The producer of the JESUS film, as well as those that were played a major role in making this film possible were there for a special limited ceremony celebrating the completion the JESUS film.