When my middle child, Blake, was four years old, he became very sick with a persistent high fever. His blood count was out of balance, and the doctors were having a difficult time reaching a conclusive diagnosis. During this time, his temperature plummeted to 93 degrees putting him in a critical state. Warm i.v.'s were given to increase his temperature and many bags of antibiotics were administered. In a moment of delirium Blake called out for me and said, "Mom, I need to go to church because I have a message." I told him he was going to have to get better before he could go to church, but assured him his Dad would let him give his message. I then asked him what was his message? He began to tell me this - - "Mom, a sword can be used to cut or it can be used for celebration. The Word of God is a sword and we can use it to injure or to celebrate in a ceremony." I was, of course, amazed at the depth of his thought and knew that while he was delirious he actually felt God speak to him. It was obvious this huge thought came from God. This prompted me to think of Sis. Jane. (Influential People is a blog about her.) Sis. Jane always told me that I can find any type of story I wish to read in the Bible. If I want to read a murder, romance, or mystery, I can find it in the Word. Blood and guts or pomp and circumstance, it is all there. There are also stories of God speaking to and using children. The Word of God is amazing, awe-inspiring, and the map to salvation. I must add, Blake received healing and gave his message to the church.
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