Thursday, February 09, 2006

The past four weeks have allowed us much needed time to reflect, pray, and think about what God has in store for us. We have also set aside some time to rest, heal, study God's word, and spend time with family. Charles' sister and brother are doing very, very well with their brothers passing. They too are leaning on God's word and comfort through it all. Basically, our whole family has become closer to God and He has continued to bless us tremendously!

Because of God's grace and His drawing people at Charles funeral celebration, some of my immediate relatives have come to know God and now attend our church regularly. We continue to pray that our whole family come to know God and His love for us all.

And finally, after some more praying, we are ready to get to work for God. One of the things we believe God has called us to do is for us to organize a teen bible study group in our home. We have planned to begin in mid February. A local pastor, who mentored Charles with starting up a teen bible study group last year, is helping us by providing guidance and study material. We are also attending a couple’s bi-monthly fellowship/prayer/bible study group. On the very first day we attended there was another first time couple and the husband is going through treatments for lung cancer. What a time for us to share Charles' testimony and of what God has done for us through the past year and a half. At the meeting we all talked, cried, prayed and I know that by the end of the evening, we all received a shot of encouragement and faith. Thank God! I have also been attending a small men's bible study group headed up by a friend where some in the group are guys who seek a closer relationship with God. Some in the group are new Christians and we pray that they too come to know the Lord by attending. It has been awesome, and I know that God will continue to teach and reveal more of his glory to us.

One other thing that God has put a strong desire in my heart for is to share Charles' and our testimony to others in writing. I began to think of the journals, writings and poems Charles left us with. Then there are all of the wonderful things that God did for us since Charles’ passing. I have begun to write some and I will share some of Charles poems with you all from time to time.

Charles wrote about his faith often, and his poems reflect his strong love for God and his glory regardless of what he was going through. The following poem, I think captures some of his faith and should be a reminder of what we need to do in times of struggle. God will listen to our cries and will deliver us from all suffering and struggles if we fall on our face before Him and surrender to Him!

One of the scriptures Charles’ read often is in James 4:7-8
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Faith Unshaken

I am a child of God,
I go nowhere without Him
I know no fear,

I walk by faith…
In the midst of fire,
Resembles He, who endured trial,
Endured pain, and yet,
He gave His life.

Faith unshaken.
Faith unshaken, to the very end.

Though my body faileth,
I, in God stand unshaken.

For our bodies all must fail…
One day.


Copyright 2005 Charles S. Garcia