At a time when my world appeared to collapse and I seemed...

At a time when my world appeared to collapse and I seemed buried in mortal debris, these words of Psalm 139 came to me (vv. 7, 8): "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." To all evidences I was going through hell, but God was right there, upholding and leading me out of darkness into the light of His heavenly harmony.

After the birth of our first child, my wife became critically ill. I was a young foot doctor (podiatrist) at the time, just starting in practice. The physical symptoms were alarming, and they worsened despite thorough medical attention, which culminated in major surgery. Finally, when all medical approaches had been exhausted, the doctors said my wife's condition was terminal.

September 20, 1982

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