Become a Fan
Hope and Mercy Chapter Seven
By Michelle R Kidwell Power In The Pen
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
“You were angry and confused and that’s completely understood.”
“They are going to be sending me to the rehab hospital soon.” Cheylene told her sister. “To tell you the truth I am a little scared.”
“I know Cheylene, it’s normal to be a little scared, your whole life has been changed, but don’t forget that Jesus is with you.”
“I know he is and I am grateful for that.”
“I am grateful as well.”
Amy was glad to see Cheylene was doing better. She had worried about her sister and the deep depression she was in during those first few weeks after she had been shot. She still had moments of depression but Cheylene was beginning to move on, beginning to see that dwelling on it was not going to change anything.
Amy spent a lot of time at the hospital with her sister and when it was time to move to the rehabilitation hospital, Amy gained permission to drive her sister. It was only a short distance, but it would give them the time alone together, without doctors and nurses surrounding them even if it were only thirty minutes.
Before they drove the distance from the hospital to North Ridge Rehab center Amy opened up her Bible and read from John Chapter One to her sister.
The Word Became Flesh
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.
3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood[a] it.
6There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.[b]
10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent,[c] nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,[d] who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' " 16From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only,[e][f]who is at the Father's side, has made him known.
John the Baptist Denies Being the Christ
19Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ.[g]"
21They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?"
He said, "I am not."
"Are you the Prophet?"
He answered, "No."
22Finally they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
23John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the desert, 'Make straight the way for the Lord.' "[h]
24Now some Pharisees who had been sent 25questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
26"I baptize with[i] water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know. 27He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."
28This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
Jesus the Lamb of God
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I meant when I said, 'A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' 31I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."
32Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' 34I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God."
Jesus' First Disciples
35The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!"
37When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?"
They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?"
39"Come," he replied, "and you will see."
So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.
40Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ). 42And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which, when translated, is Peter[j]).
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me."
44Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."
46"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked.
"Come and see," said Philip.
47When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false."
48"How do you know me?" Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you."
49Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel."
50Jesus said, "You believe[k] because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that." 51He then added, "I tell you[l] the truth, you[m] shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
“Thank you for driving me.” Cheylene said after awhile breaking the silence. “I guess you will be doing a lot of that when I get home.”
“Cheylene don’t give up you might drive still.”
“I don’t know but others who are Quadrapalegics do it, technology has come along way.”
“I guess, but I am still scared about all of this.”
“It’s normal Chey, but you can’t hide away from the world, in a few months you will be out of Rehab and facing life at home.”
“I worry Amy, I worry about how hard I am going to find out how hard it is going to be.”
“I can’t pretend to know what you are going through Chey, but I do know this must be hard for you, and I want to be here for you throughout all of this.”
“I know you do, and I am sorry that you have been through this.”
“I know Amy, but it’s not your fault. It’s hard for you too though and I do understand that. I know for awhile I was not making it easy on anyone and I am sorry for that.”
“You were angry and confused and that’s completely understood.”
Lord thank you for letting Cheylene survive this, I know this is hard for her, but she is still afraid Lord, and I can understand her fears, I am afraid for her, because that mad man is still on the loose, should we move her away when she gets home from the hospital Lord? I really do not know, Mom and I and Chey are asking for your lead. I love you Lord, and I thank you.
The ride to the rehab hospital went far to quickly, Amy wanted the chance to spend more time with her sister. Cheylene was going to have extensive therapy for a week and her family would only be able to see her on weekends for the first three or four weeks of her Rehab, and she was not sure how she felt about that, but she knew she was going to have to spend a lot of time in prayer. It was not going to be easy, Chey knew this, but it was necessary, maybe she would gain enough strength to get at least a small measure of her independence back.