Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Pushing through the pain

Since his beloved Ruth passed away Mel Donaho has been pushing through the pain.

It's not been easy though.  They were married for six decades.  Their partnership was the kind that every marriage should be.  Mel loved Ruth enough to die for her.  She loved him enough to live for him.  (See Ephesians, chapter five)

In spite of his pain, Mel continues to trust in the Lord Jesus.

I've watched as the Lord has kept His promise to Mel.  In Matthew, chapter five, Jesus said, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

Jesus has comforted Mel by speaking His holy Word into Mel's head and heart.  Oh, how these truths has blessed him.  Mel rejoices that Jesus paid the penalty for the sins in Ruth's life.  Mel is thankful for the Lord's promise that one day Ruth will be raised to life, given a glorified body and take residence in a mansion the Lord has built for her in heaven.

And Mel, who has embraced Jesus as his personal Savior, will be reunited with Ruth, to live forever in the presence of the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."  (John, chapter one)

Tonight, LICL presents the first of two performances of "The Book of Job," a readers theatre presentation written and directed by Mel.  The performances will begin at 7 pm and admission is free. We've been encouraging our members to bring a friend with them tonight or tomorrow.  A great way to honor Ruth's memory is to be in attendance.

It will also be a great encouragement for a man who, with the Lord's help, is pushing through the pain.