Aches and Praise Four Hundred & Thirty Five

January 10, 2020
Dear friends,   

Thank you for praying for Karen this past week. On Wednesday, she went to the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal for the sixth time in seven days as a follow-up to having a bacterial corneal ulcer in her right eye. After receiving two prescriptions for eye drops on January 2nd, “Team Frank” began giving and taking eye drops around the clock for six nights.  What welcome news it was on Wednesday when the doctor told us that only one prescription was now needed – during the day only! Sleep that night felt so good! We want to thank all of you for praying for Karen. The doctor said that her eye is recovering faster than for many people with corneal ulcers and we believe that is because of your prayers.

Yesterday a friend sent me a devotional written by George Worthy that was an encouragement to me. It was my 47th spiritual birthday and brother George’s words helped me see the importance of praying for one another. Here is what he wrote:

“Epaphras is not a name you hear much of. He was a member of the church in Colosse, and obviously a dear saint in the Lord. We know that he suffered imprisonment with Paul at one time. But the thing that really impresses me about this saint is what Paul wrote about him– he always wrestled in prayer!

The intercessory work of the saint through prayer is the work behind the scenes, the silent ministry that the world knows little of, yet more powerful than any weapon on earth unleashing power from above that makes demons tremble!

This was a man with whom Paul must have been accustomed to praying, and clearly the apostle knew of his zeal from personal experience. But notice what Epaphras prayed for – that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God! That’s my prayer for each one of our readers!”

I am thankful to the Lord for those who prayed for my salvation when I was a teen and for the brothers and sisters in Christ who pray for Karen and me, as we seek to share the good news of salvation in Christ in Quebec and around the world.

Scripture for the weekend: Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.” Colossians 4:12 (NASB)

Thought for the weekend: “Christ doesn’t promise us that we’ll never face storms. But He does say that when He’s our rock, those storms will never wash away our faith-fortified foundation in Him.” –  Adam Holz (from the January 9, 2020 edition of “Our Daily Bread”)


By His grace,