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Thanking God For Answering Our Prayers To Help A Friend.

Updated on October 10, 2015

Friday, February 3, 2012

A few months ago a twenty one year old man asked my wife Joann if there was any weed eating that we might need to have done. Joann told him no, but there might be other kinds of work .

His name was Edward. He seemed to be a nice young man. No matter how mature young people may act, I still affectionately consider them to be kids because I am much older than them. When I was a young boy I got into my share of trouble , but fortunately our lord, and some excellent role models looked out for me. When I grew older I became a uniformed deputy sheriff, and I can tell you that I have seen everything in life.

My mother in law surprised me. She said, " You think of Edward as being like a son ." I said, " Not really. He is not my son, and he has a good father. I am only a friend that considers the young man to be a good kid that needs a few breaks in life. He needs heart surgery, and he needs someone to give him a good indoor job so that he can get his girl friend , and their one year old little girl back into his life.. All I am is a neighbor, and as a reasonable person , I care about people that need a helping hand. My heart goes out to the young man that needs some assistance in life. All I try to be to anyone is a friend. And there are millions of good neighbors in our good old USA. They need to know you before they can even think about trusting you, and that is understandable ."

This young helper who has helped me to repair my floor, and to clean up our porch, and to help us around our place of residence has just recently had heart surgery.

I paid him well for his work. I did not give him hard work to do. I made sure that what I gave him to do would not be strenuous. He is always welcome in our home. Joann, and Becky also like him as a friend.

He mentioned that he had heart surgery , and that the news was good. His step mother told me that when the doctors were working on his heart, they discovered that it only needed to be repaired right now. Maybe some years down the road he might need something artificial added to a heart valve.

Edward is a very good kid. I prayed for him, and so did my family. I asked our lord to help him , and God answered my prayers , and it seems that Edward has a good chance of having a normal life.

Edward showed me a picture of his baby girl that he has not seen in about three months. He talks often to his fiance, and his baby whenever possible by telephone.

When I was a deputy sheriff in the volunteers a young man died in my hands after he was mangled in an automobile accident. It was like holding someone else's dying heart . The boy had thick black hair. My CPR did nothing for him, and his leg was twisted around like a cork screw. It was like he was sleeping until he stopped breathing. I held the boy in the back seat of a wrecked car, and there was water up to my knees, and I thought about God. Thank God that God is good because I knew the boy would go to God. Working with someone dying can take a lot out of you. I have seen so much death. I carried my deceased aunt in my arms. I saw two young teens lose their lives instantly from a head on collision. . I ran like the wind to save the life of a woman having a heart attack. I carried a sixteen year old girl to ,and emergency room, and she lived . She had a ruptured appendix.

A boy who was a neighbor friend when I was a child committed suicide. He shot himself with a twelve gauge shotgun. I begged him not to kill himself. I said, please don't kill yourself. He looked at me , and smiled in a scary strange demonic kind of way that did not seem human at all. I could swear to God that something evil was inside him. I was about eight years old. He used his big toe to reach the trigger of his daddy's twelve gauge, and shot himself . What a terrible thing to do to you're body. I saw police cars, and the police chief told me what happened.

Your body is your gift, your temple from our wonderful God in Heaven.

As and officer I layed my life on the line to stop gun fights, or killings. I walked right into the muzzles, and sights of rifles , and pistols to help save people from getting shot, as well as the police. I never took a life, and that was the way I wanted it. My badge had the words serve , and protect, and my promise to society was to do exactly what my badge expected of me. I never considered myself to be a jury, or judge. I left that to God, and to the laws, and people of our USA.

We do not live forever in this world , so why not do something good once in a while to help our neighbors as long as their worth helping.

In a few days I may give Edward a call. He is recovering in a hospital. God answered prayers so I thanked God. I was not the only person that prayed for him.


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    • stars439 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Mr.s Mary : Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. God Bless You Dear Heart.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I'm always glad to read your inspirational Hubs. You do us Hubbers a great service by your writing. Goodnight, friend.

    • stars439 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear James : God Bless You Dear Friend, and your dear family.

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      James A Watkins 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      Wow. I am overwhelmed by your gracious words, brother. Thank you. You have soothed my soul.

    • stars439 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear James : You are so wonderful, and sweet, but you can be a little silly once in a rare while because you have never been a stranger to anyone on Hub Pages. Fifteen million people here are like your family. Everyone loves you, learns great, and wonderful things about history, and about Christianity from you. We learn about things that are right , and wrong from you. We gather knowledge from you. We trust you. We admire you. We respect you because of your fine , and ethical ways, and for the living proof of a wonderful happy family you have which tells us what a great , and loving father you are. There are so many great things to say about you.

      A stranger you never were, nor will ever be, and no more than every thing of value , and of great worth could ever be ever strange to us. Your place has always been by the right hand of God as our angel, and brother to all of us. Rich, or poor. You are as precious , and wonderful as you could ever be. Needless to say we all need you, and depend on you no matter what you have to say, or what you have to talk about because everything you say is important to us. Yes, my door, and a million other doors are always open for you , and for everyone you hold dear to your heart my brother, and friend. God Bless You, and your precious family.

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      James A Watkins 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      I am so glad to hear that God answered your prayers in regard to Edward. I know that you take it to heart to "Love thy neighbor." When I was a complete stranger you said I could come stay with you until I got on my feet. I have not forgotten that, my friend. I love you and I am praying for you. God Bless You.


    • stars439 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Mr.s DeBorrah : Thank you so much for visiting my sweet, and precious heart. We are thankful that God see's us through difficult times when we worry about dear hearts in this world that we cherish. Everything you say is always so true. We have so much to be thankful for on this Earth. God gave you to us, and you to your dear family, and you to so many souls that depend upon your kindness , and wonderful heart. You bring love, kindness, education, wisdom, gentle, and sincere love from your heart, and from our Lord's heart to us, and to everyone.

      God works in so many wonderful ways by making angels like you to appear for so many people. Thank You for all that you do for us, and for everyone because your love, and friendship has moved mountains for myself, and for so many good souls. So God Bless You Dear Heart, And Your Precious Loved Ones too.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      6 years ago

      Stars, This is beautiful and should encourage many... How wonderful that the Lord has answered your prayers! Edward has come into your lives to help you at a time you needed help! Thank God! He in turn has been helped too! I am sure that he is encouraged by your genuine friendship and concern! You have been a comfort to one another and your family has gained a friend! You are a Blessing to him!

      I am glad to hear that Edward has gotten the proper medical care that he needs for now! I pray that the Lord continues to strengthen and heal him and at the appointed time he finds safe suitable employment! I also pray that the Lord restores him and his family together!

      Stars nothing that you do goes unnoticed by the Lord! I Pray that He continues to Keep you and your family as well! May He continue to send others to help you along the way!

      Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

    • stars439 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Mr.s Deborah Brooks : Thank you so much for your kind, and wonderful thoughts. God Bless You Dear Heart.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      God is so good. Look what He did.. Your prayers have been answered. I am so glad to say you are my brother in Christ. i sure hope that Hub will let this stay.. Everyone needs to see it. and I am so glad you wrote this. I am praying for you too. If you will pray for me.

      I thank God for people like you



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