the garden

  I come into the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses

  and the voice that I hear falling on my ear

  the Son of God discloses

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The Life Story of Don, nick-named Duck

This is a true story of the transforming power of how God changes a life. God always leaves an opening for His creation to get to know Him in a personal way.

To enable this to happen we need God's help! God gives to each of His creation, mankind, a measure of faith to help us to know Him in a personal relationship. How much is that, enough (Ephesians 2:8 - For by grace ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God). No matter how young or old you may be, God wants to help you to experience the blessing of salvation but we need to take the first step to invite Jesus into our lives. Don's story is about a man running out of time!

Don, his life before Jesus: Don, a senior at this time, knew that he was running out of options in life. He was not proud of his past life. He said he did everything that made him feel good at the time and was very selfish and prideful. He was involved in every thing the world had to offer. This life style destroyed his family relationships, his health and left hin financially destitute. Thus by his actions he ended up as a very lonely man not able to go back in time and correct the wrongs done to others.

Don acted out how he felt, rough talking, unhappy with himself and mad at the world. As a senior Don ended up in a nursing home as he was unable to take care of himself anymore. At one point Don had to have a leg amputated because of poor circulation and ended up in a wheel chair which complicated his life even more. He drove many people away who wanted to help him by his rough talk.

Don's sister attended a local church and reached out to Don and asked him if her pastor could visit him? Don was agreeable. The pastor visited him in the nursing home several times. The pastor had a Harley Davidson motor cycle that Don liked very much. He would want to be wheeled outside to watch the as the pastor left on his Harley Davidson.

Over time Don and the Pastor built a relationship together. As a result Don started to open up and share things deep in his heart. He was disappointed at the way he lived his life and could not do anything about it. At this point Don had no peace or hope as he was about at the end of his life's journey and sad as he shared and looked back at his life.

As weeks past Don grew more concerned about his future. As another visit ended he asked if he could go out by the parking lot and watch the pastor drive away on the Harley Davidson motor cycle - so pastor wheeled him to the parking lot. As they were ready to say, goodbye, the pastor noticed Don had a very sad look on his face with his head hanging low. The pastor asked what was wrong. Don responded, "I am afraid of dying." The pastor asked if he would like to ask Jesus for help? Don responded, "I don't know how". Pastor helped Don in a prayer of confession, asking forgiveness, and inviting Jesus into his life.

Accepting Jesus as his savior changed Don's life. He had a peace that he experienced for today and a hope for tomorrow for his home in heaven. Don's life shined all because of Jesus. The staff at the nursing home noticed a big

Don had arranged a meeting with pastor and a friend of his in the nursing home. Don wanted to help share Jesus with others. Don was not discipled and didn't know the scriptures at this point in his life; he just wanted others to experience the love of Jesus.

Shortly after Don went home to be with the Lord - but not until he had shared about his Savior.

Today, can you identify with Don's life? If so take direction from him and accept Jesus as your savior, as Don did - confess that you have sinned, ask for forgiveness, and Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. In return your sins will be forgiven and you will experience peace with God. Peace for today and hope for tomorrow (Romans 10:9- 10, 13. That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For whosoever will call upon the Lord will be saved).

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