Spiritual Director · November 24, 2014

Our Lord is always available!

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The letter was on yellow stationary and was a collection letter warning! My doctor must be tight on funds to work so hard sending me stuff, I was waiting to make sure the insurance company did what they are supposed to do. It’s so hard to check a medical bill against insurance, have all the info in front of you and go through the rig-a-ma-roll of making the phone call. The voice mail prompts me seven times before I get a live person to handle my claim. Sometimes you can’t get a live person no matter what happens.

And, in this case, the live person I eventually get to does not have any of the data I have punched in or “said” to the automated system. I asked her why none of that transferred and she really didn’t have an answer. So back over it we go, and long story very short, the insurance company misappropriated that charge and my deductible has been met and they are sending a check. Ugh! Frustrating, I almost wrote the check myself…the money isn’t the issue. The fact that I had to do all that leg work and take time out of a busy day to get ahold of someone at the insurance company made it all so frustrating. It almost would have been simpler and easier to pay the bill and forget about it.

On this Thanksgiving week you and I can be deeply thankful our Lord is always available! We can rest easy at night because God is still awake and when we need God, when we call out to God in prayer, God hears us. When you look at the ministry of Jesus throughout the Gospel’s He never tells anyone to get back to him! Jesus never says “Gosh, I’d like to heal you but I’m booked until Thursday, can you do a 1?” Always available, always with us, always listening, always comforting, always peace giving and chaos taking, God is with us! That’s what the word “Immanuel” means in Scripture “God with us”! Matthew 1:23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Immanuel, which means “God is with us.” Now, that’s a reason to be thankful if there ever was one!


God Bless,

Pr. Doug


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Eric is our current Webmaster and works on the NLS Communications Team. Raised in Judaism, he found Christ and the New Testament at age 16 in a Southern Baptist Church. He searched many denominations for the real church, only to find the Holy Spirit is present in all of them. He's worked for One for Israel, a group of native Israeli believers who are sharing the gospel in the holy land in Hebrew and is part of the only Hebrew speaking seminary in Israel.