Monthly Archives: October 2011

Even Now

by V. Leacock (guest contributor)

I am experiencing trepidation coupled with excitement regarding an upcoming trip.  The trip requires my travelling by aircraft to Southern and Northern California.  While there I will spend time with several dear friends.  Even now, one friend is experiencing sorrow and uncertainty as the other two look forward to a celebration.   

I will be spending my first few days in California visiting Barbara and her husband Ronnie.  Ronnie was diagnosed with kidney cancer about two months ago.  His prognosis remains uncertain.  Barbara and I met the first day of kindergarten and have been friends since then.  We were two very shy and frightened little girls desperately longing for our mothers.  Even now, memories come to mind of life experiences the two of us have shared.  Our friendship has survived the best and worst of times, and we have remained lifelong friends.  It is this precious bond that compels me to be with her during this difficult time in her life. 

Barbara and Ronnie had lived in Southern California only three weeks prior to his diagnosis of kidney cancer.   Fortunately, Ronnie has been blessed with a very good team of medical doctors.   Even now, his doctors see a ray of hope as his treatments have indicated positive results.   The cancerous tumors in his kidneys have finally started reducing in size and there is no evidence of any new cancer cells.  His appetite has improved and his faith, strength, and spirits remain high. 

The last few days of my trip will be spent visiting two other dear friends who also happen to be sisters.  If all goes well, I will be there during the week of their birthday.   Even now, it seems as though we met only yesterday.  In reality, it has been forty-two years.  Their friendship is immeasurable.

As the time draws nearer for my trip to California my anxieties have been replaced with peace of mind.  Even now, I have refocused my thoughts to my final trip.  That final trip will be from Earth to Glory.  Where there will be no more sickness, sorrow, or death.   Birthday celebrations will be replaced with the ultimate celebration……….seeing God and His Son Jesus Christ both with outstretched arms saying, “Welcome Home My Child.”  

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A Natural Remedy

by V. Leacock (Guest Contibutor)

About fifteen years ago I was diagnosed with a degenerative retina.  This condition has necessitated my having to be seen by an Ophthalmologist every two years.  Recently, I recalled an old adage I heard as a child, “eat your carrots because they are good for your eyes.”

One day while rushing around I realized I had not eaten since breakfast.  I would be eating dinner soon so I figured something light would suffice.  I looked into the refrigerator and grabbed the first thing I saw.  It was a carrot.  Within minutes of eating it my eyesight improved.  I shrugged it off as just being coincidental.  A few days later, my curiosity got the best of me, so I decided to really put this matter to the test.   I ate another carrot.  Once again my eyesight was much better.

Amazingly, I discovered the carrots were really improving my vision.  I decided that day to eat one carrot a few days each week.   I also did a little research and found out that carrots contain beta carotene.   According to an online article written by the Mayo Clinic, “beta-carotene is converted to retinol, which is essential for vision and is subsequently converted to retinoic acid.”

I do not know if eating carrots will reverse my eye condition but what I know for certain is that my vision has improved greatly.  By faith, I know it will not worsen.

 To me my “carrot experience,” is similar to the man in the Bible who had been blind since birth.  To this man’s good fortune he was at the right place at the right time.  Jesus stopped and restored his sight with “natural eye salve.”  This “natural eye salve,” was the mixing of Jesus’ own saliva with clay.  Jesus then applied it to the man’s eyes.  Glory to God, the man was able to see for the first time in his life!

As my eyesight has improved, so has my ability to comprehend and to remain focused while reading God’s Word.  I once was blind but now I see.  As it is with spiritual discernment so it is with my physical well being.  A carrot may not be your answer for better health but as Christians we all know that our bodies belong to God.  With that understanding we are also responsible to bring him glory and honor by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” 3John2

His servant,
V. Leacock

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