June 3rd – Laura Joiner

Dear Christ Church

praisePsalm 66 vs 1-2: ‘Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious!’

‘Thank you’ just doesn’t seem enough does it, when God answers prayers and when you know how much your ‘family’ has gone out of their way to pray for a situation? This is how I feel.

You may be aware of the situation that has recently beset my family, specifically, my husband Craig. For those who don’t, please forgive my generalisation. In brief, Craig is a professional musician who suffered a massive heart attack whilst on tour in Europe, with pneumonia and pleurisy as added complications, resulting in spending 16 days in Germany, in the IC then HD units of a wonderful hospital.   As you will imagine, the shock has been huge and the trauma significant in every sense, as Craig was perceivably a fit and healthy man in his early 50’s.

However, despite receiving a very late phone call that fateful Friday night about Craig’s heart attack from a relative stranger, to flying out at the crack of dawn the next morning, to finding a hotel, the hospital, learning about the gravity of Craig’s condition, getting to grips with the German language, to eventually and safely coming home just over two weeks later, all I know is how much God’s hand has supported us through out the whole situation. At every turn, at every challenge, our wonderful, loving Lord Jesus has answered prayers time and again – alleluia!! There really are too many examples to quote. I know that for God’s glory I need to share with you all the amazing grace that has been extended to us, and to encourage you all, no matter how insurmountable a situation might be, to trust the Lord with all your heart and all your soul, and you will find his peace and love in some very surprising places.

We still have a very long road ahead of us, many hospital visits and unforeseen challenges. However I know that, through the power of prayer, we are comforted and restored.

So, thank you to you all for your support and prayers, a million times – Thank You!

Psalm 66 v 8-9: ‘Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.’

With love – Laura (Laura Joiner, Pastoral Assistant)