Daily Focus, March 13, 2020

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”  James 4:8

Daily Bible Reading: Luke 57:1-39 (“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.”  John 11:33

Remember These In Prayer:

Louise Clites spent Wednesday afternoon and evening at the ER of Franklin Woods Hospital to correct an abdominal problem.  She was able to return home later that evening, and will be “going slow for a few days”.  Keep our sister in your prayers.

Greg Schmidt will undergo hip replacement surgery on Tuesday, March 17 at Centennial Hospital in Nashville.  He asks that we pray for the surgery and his recovery to go well.

Mary Lou Cooper has now completed two chemotherapy treatments as well as two radiation sessions, both aimed at ridding her body of cancer.  She reported on Thursday that she has had a few side effects, but her doctors feel that all is going as it should.

Lynda Gray is now recovering at home after undergoing knee replacement surgery on Monday.  She reported Wednesday that she is feeling very well, and is able to walk without too much problem.

Karen Stevens reported on Thursday that she feels she is gaining strength since returning home from a long hospital stay, though she is still short on breath.  She wrote, “I also believe I will see some improvement [in breathing] as my hemoglobin recovers from a low level.  It is slow going, but there is progress :)”

Neil Anderson, former publisher of The Gospel Advocate, suffered a stroke about a month ago.  He still has some paralysis, and is about to begin physical therapy.  Jim and Mary Lou Cooper, good friends of the Andersons, ask for our prayers for him.  Cards of encouragement may be sent to 348 White Oak Lane, Nashville, TN, 37221.

Evandna Fruewirth remains at NHC HealthCare as she is being treated for pneumonia in both lungs.

Conrad Nolan, uncle of Gay Clark and Tim Hall, is slowly growing weaker, as he remains at his home in Harrison, Ohio under hospice care.

Diane Nave, a dear friend of Elizabeth McConnell, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Elizabeth asks that we pray for God’s help to be with Diane.

The coronavirus  continues to spread throughout the U.S. and the world.  Continue asking the Father for help for those working to solve this problem, and for those who have already been infected.

Sunday’s Bulletin can be viewed by clicking on this link.  Take time to learn the latest news and opportunities to serve from among your Central family.

Temporary Safety Measures: If you click here you’ll be able to read a listing of safety measures the elders have developed in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) spread.  Please look these over carefully; they will take effect immediately.  Continue to pray for God’s guidance as we seek to do the right things to keep everyone healthy, and pray for God’s help to bring this pandemic to an end.

The Great Robber!  *  “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”  (Leo Buscagia)  *  “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  (Matthew 6:31-34)