“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4.4 became very real to me this week.

During the early hours of Monday morning I received ‘that call’.

My Mum said, “Darling, Dad, stroke, pray”

Dad has been an inspiration to us in the years since he retired, he has lived life with gusto. One of the little jobs that he does each week is to visit, shop and collect library books for ‘old people’ who in many cases are younger than him!

During Sunday he had experienced a numbness in his right hand which was frustrating him. In the evening while he and Mum sat chatting before going to bed, he let out a strange cough-choke which sent my Mum running to the phone to call for help.

On arriving at the hospital they began to work on him and confirmed that it was a stroke.

Despite having very limited speech, unable to say what he would like to eat or answer the therapists question as to what you would use a toothbrush for he can say the Lord’s Prayer and recite the Psalms.

God’s Word conceives life, that is good. God’s Word is bringing healing to his 88 year old steadfast follower, my Dad.

When my friend and I prayed together and agreed on his health and healing, the Word came to us that this us not my Dad’s time, God has a plan and it is a good one. His glory will be seen.

My prayer is that he will see a grandchild from me and the baton-legacy of faith that was passed from my Grandmother to my father to myself will be passed by hand to my future child.

Psalm 100:4-5 Enter his gates with thanksgivingand his courts with praise;give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;his faithfulness continues through all generations.