Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
~Joshua 1:9 ESV
Remember the time when I was five years old, and I almost got hit by a car, but the car stopped in time, and all I received was a blow to my stomach? How about the time I was hit in the head by a baseball while playing Little League Baseball? You were there and You helped me to heal. Then there was the time Mom made a birthday cake, but the family dog ate it. That was so funny, but Mom did not think so. I felt You did though. You shared many of my fun adventures and I imagine You laughed with me.
God, then there was the time I was driving my first car, and someone rear-ended me as I was preparing to make a left turn. I remember hearing a voice telling me to put on my brake. That keeps my car from going into the traffic coming the other way. Yes, You were there that moment with me, and the inner voice I heard was from You.
How about that time I went swimming in the South China Sea even though I could not swim that well? You were there, and You calmed my fears and helped me to float. You have always protected me. Your words in Psalm 91 became my guide. Thank You for being there then and now.
Even though You are God, I have found no better friend than You.
God, my world fell apart when my parents passed away, Dad in 1993, and Mom in 2001. However, You were there for me in my time of grieving to give me comfort. You also gave me comfort during my military service. I was homesick, but Your words strengthened me in the midst of those lonely nights. In both instances, it was You who put my world back together.
God, You were there even when I was too young to remember. I needed a blood transfusion when I was born because my blood was not right and could not support life. You gave me this first blood transfusion and I lived.
But what’s more important than this physical blood transfusion is the fact that You introduced me to Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for the salvation that is found exclusively through Him. Thank You that Your Holy Spirit made His presence tangible to me.
Lord Jesus, You gave Your blood on the cross, and as it spilled onto the ground, You gave me a spiritual blood transfusion because mine was not able to provide me with the eternal life that is found only through You. You have been there in the good times and the sad times, and I thank You for making the ultimate sacrifice for me.
This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.You are My friends if you do whatever I command.~John 15:14 NKJV
Through life’s stormy nights of loneliness as well as those days of happiness, God, You have shown me that Your love is unconditional and that You will always be there for me as my Best Friend. Even though You are God, I have found no better friend than You.Even though You are God, I have found no better friend than You. #VineWords #LettertoGod #Friend Ed Chappelle Click To Tweet
Thank You, Father God, Lord Jesus, and Holy Spirit, for the mercy and grace that You have instilled in my life. You have always been Faithful to me and for that, I can declare with surety that I am one blessed man.
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Thank You, God, that You are there, in all circumstances. I give You praise for being the strength of my life. Amen.
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Ed Chappelle is the Founder and Administrator of Come to the Table Facebook group, a place where people of faith are encouraged to connect with others and share testimonies, articles, and prayer needs. He has been an ordained minister since 2010.
Ed and his wife Kym are known for their animal rescue ministry, Critter Care. Their “family” includes dogs, cats, birds, a guinea pigs, sugar sliders, ferrets, geckos, bearded dragons, tropical fish, and a plethora of God’s creatures. Some people say Ed and Kym genealogy can be traced to Noah.
Ed served in the United States Air Force for over four years, earning the rank of Sergeant. He was eight years old when Apollo 11 went to the moon. His love for his country, the armed forces, and space exploration compelled him to write the tribute, Man on the Moon. He contributes devotions to Come to the Table, VineWords, and to other ministries.
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