A Time For Everything

1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a atime for every event under heaven—

2 A time to give birth and a atime to die;A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. -Eclesiastes 3:1-2, New American Standard Bible

How many of you remember that Beatles hit For Everything Turn, Turn? Like many of you, I was born into an era of great upheaval and change in our society. It was the time of Vietnam, anti-war protests, of the tragic deaths of John F, Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and that I Have a Dream visionary leader, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. With their deaths a piece in all of us died of hope for an equal and just society that they and former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau had envisioned. When Trudeau died and then federal New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton succumbed to cancer, we saw that death comes to everyone. Whether it is quick or slow, we all have to accept the reality that we will all die.

The reason I’m in my faith concept being called to write about this morbid subject is that I have an illness, which has no cure. It is called systemic mastocytosis. All of us have mast cells. These are the cells that are in your immune system and connective tissues. Most people have the right number of them. In me I have way too many. In a mast cell attack these mast cell party crashers have a neighbourhood block party where they keep inviting more and more people, who I never invited. According to a University of Toronto report the condition affects 1 in 500,000 people in developed countries. For those who want to learn more about this condition many doctors and even some specialists don’t know anything about the link below will have that information.

https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/17688/1/sever_sibbald_d’arville.pdf

Doctors agree that the form I have is quite serious. Barring divine intervention, which I have never ruled out, the illness will cause me to have a shorter life span.
I still have hope. I am still fighting. There could be a treatment or even a cure for this disease in time.

I have asked the doctors to make me aware of any clinical trials I can be engaged in.

The full extent of the problem was revealed to me by a doctor who had treated me before calling me personally. He was doing his best to hold back his tears. I had written to him about what the doctors had been saying would be my new reality. They tell me they can only treat the condition with mast cell stabilizers, antihistamines , EPI (epinephrine) pens for anaphylactic attacks, and steroids when breathing is affected. I have been intubated eight times.

The author of Ecclesiastes says that there is a time for everything, which includes a time to be born and a time to live and die. It comes to the rich and the poor; it comes to the healthy and to the sick. It comes to all of us.

From the time I was splashing in mud puddles as a child and even now, I have always had a curiousity about the world around me and my place in it. Little did I know that as a child God was already shaping my mind and spirit for a life of service to others.

Many of you have seen God’s 5 Point Plan For International Poverty Alleviation. I ask that you to prayerfully stand with me in promoting and supporting it. One idea I have is to have fundraising concerts in every country to get the initial seed funding for a worldwide charitable foundation called Agape International Ministries. For new connections who haven’t seen the plan, I am putting the link for it below.

http://osborne2029.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/gods-five-point-plan-for-poverty-alleviation/

I am pleased to tell you that a second mast cell stabilizer called stinging nettle tea is helping to improve my energy, focus and concentration. A Christian brother and friend with the gift of discernment says for God’s season I will enjoy much improved health.

My loving and supportive wife, Karen, who has been with me through fire and flame, through those countless nights in ER rooms sitting in hard uncomfrtable chairs, through many times when she would experience the terror and sadness of whether or not I would be alive in the morning, says to enjoy my improved health while it lasts.

Yes, we have cried together. Yet, I must say that Karen and I have come to love one another even more. We are spending more time with one another. We are doing things together we haven’t in years like dancing. She loves it when I sing Karen’s Serenade to her. Here’s the link for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgq7Um37pyw

I am praying that it and the songs God is pouring out of me will be published. The proceeds will be donated to Agape International Ministries. Karen and I will only receive an income and benefits that a governing Board of Directors yet to be established agree upon .

I have worked over 1,000 hours since March of this year sharing the poverty alleviation plan. I know it won’t solve the pervasive problem of poverty, but I do believe it’s a good beginning point.

A journalist has expressed his willingness to help me write my life story God’s Miracles for Him. For those who haven’t seen the book and TV mini series synopsis the link for it is below.

http://osborne2029.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/gods-miracles-for-him/

God’s plan for international poverty alleviation is for the children dying of malnutrition. It’s for all those who have any talent or aptitude to develop one. It’s for the struggling students, some of whom are African students, who wrote to me personally asking for prayers and assistance. It’s a dream and a hope for everyone who is losing hope for a brighter tomorrow, so they can get that dream job or that quality education they never thought they could afford. It’s for Bishop Beston Frank Makawa of Fountain of Waters Church International in Malawi, whose pastors and even have some of their church members going to bed sometimes without any supper. It’s for Pastor Rick Warren’s church for poverty alleviation in Rwanda.

It would be a shame if the vision God gave me for an international poverty alleviation died simply because it didn’t get the support it needed.

Please help me make God’s vision a reality. Your Lord needs you all to come alongside and support it.

I know it is so easy to feel helpless to do anything that will bring positive and lasting change to the lives of those experiencing the injustice of poverty. Yet, like Malala said so well, there is power in one teacher, one book, one pen, and I would add to that one voice lifted up in prayer to a holy God.

If we collectively work together then thousands of voices will be lifted up in our common struggle to be a catalyst for positive change in the lives of others.

Thank you for taking time to read and reflect upon all I have shared.

I thank God for every one of you.

Please pray that I will get the meeting with the seminary dean, who has worked extensively with charity groups. His knowledge and guidance will be invaluable.

The peace, love and joy of the Lord be with you all.

Kevin

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About osborne2029

I enjoy spending time with people just having a coffee or talking about life, philosophy, religion, politics or sharing a favorite joke or story. We learn from one another as we interact and share our joys, challenges and even our times of sadness. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and sharing in the blessing of community whether that is one on one or in groups. I'm married and am powned by two kitties named Sir William of Lounge a.k.a. Sir Lounge a Lot and Princess Catherine of Chaos a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Catherine of Englehart. I m in an M.A.-Ph.D program with St. James the Elder Theological Seminary to train to become a psychotherapist and priest. Let us pray for and reach out to each other with kindness, love and an embracing compassion. We can working together be servants with two open hands to those in need so that hate, indifference and inequality would lose and love will win. The peace and abounding joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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  1. Lord hear the prayers of Kevin.

  2. You are inspiring. I look forward to reading your future posts. I have a 4 year old terminally ill daughter so I can relate to so much of what you wrote. I actually blogged about her today if you’re interested in reading it. Keep on believing. 🙂

    • It gladdens my heart that you feel that I’m inspiring. I read your piece about your terminally ill daughter. Your faith in God in light of this terrible rare medical condition that has caused such extensive damage to Catalina inspires me to continue fighting as I battle my very rare condition. When we think that our situation no matter what it is can’t be any worse than someone else’s, our Lord shows us that there are those who suffer even more than we are.

      No words I could ever write could describe how my heart reaches out to you in seeing your child, your precious little one, dying death by degrees. When my stepfather was dying of lung cancer, it was gut-wrenching to see him die a little more each day, over the three month period from his diagnosis.

      Catalina teaches us all lessons about strength and grace in suffering. As I read your story, your faith in your Lord shone through. You are holding on to your Lord even as you see the deterioration in your daughter. That is a testimony more powerful than any sermon.

      I offer you this prayer.

      God of all comfort, You put Catalina on this earth for your reasons and your season.
      It has to be that this precious child has something to teach all of us
      about grace, the importance of faith in adversity, of reaching out to others with a love that listens and then learns from what it hears.

      So frail and yet so strong
      So much pain and yet she presses on
      I sense in her an old soul, who has a maturity far beyond all of us
      A light I see that shines from her spirit

      Loving Heavenly Father, be with Catalina’s mom and all those who love her
      Let them value the time they have with her.

      In times when tears come let them flow as liquid prayers to You
      When the weight of seeing Catalina dying before her eyes becomes too much
      bring your people round about her to comfort her
      Help her to know how much she is loved

      Lord, let this loving mother cast all her cares upon You
      Be light in her darkness
      Help her to know it’s okay to be sad
      It’s okay to mourn
      It’s okay to even be angry
      to even have times when she thinks this is so unfair

      Let her fall into your arms and have times to cry
      Times to be open with You
      Times to be honest with those who love her
      who want to help her
      to reach out to her

      I pray you will even bring people to invite this mom with a glowing spirit
      into their homes for a meal and the fellowship of faith

      Grant her times for rest
      to recover
      to renew
      to re-energize her strength

      And even in her sorrow help her to take time to laugh
      to watch a funny movie
      to treat herself to times where she does the things that bring her joy
      give her time not to think always about the suffering of her daughter

      Lord, when You decide Catalina has finished her work for You
      call her home to join You in the blessing of eternity in Heaven
      where there is no more sorrow
      no more pain
      where human ills are no more
      where disease and torment are no more

      Comfort those left behind to carry on
      to go through the struggles
      the challenges and yet also the opportunities of this life

      Lord, hear my prayer as I cry out to You
      as we all cry out to You

      Amen

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