Monday, July 06 2020
"Then the King will say to those on His right hand, "Come. you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." Matthew 25:34
Cecil, an officer and Vietnam veteran had been a prisoner of war for nearly five years, kept in a "Tiger's cage," a pit that would fill up with water so that you would have to stick your nose out of the trapdoor to breathe. During the day they would have to fend for themselves scavenging for anything to eat in the rice fields.
I'll never forget the day I went to Cecil's apartment in a very bad part of town and entered through a cloud of cigarette smoke where he was sitting in a dirty old recliner in his pajamas. After introducing myself I asked him what it would take for him to make it and he told me if he had a dog he would give it a try. The next day I went out and bought him a dog and his countenance immediately changed, he had hope for the first time since he got out of prison.
Through our conversations, I found out about his hatred for the Vietnamese people that was so intense that it was causing a sore on his back to become infected and had caused a 2"deep hole the size of a strip steak in his back. One day Cecil asked me to do him a favor and I said sure anything. He then took off his pajama top and there was this disgusting hole in his back, oozing yellow poison! He asked me to come on the weekends and change the dressing as his nurse only came five days a week! Needless to say, I prayed without ceasing for God to heal his back and set him free of his bitterness!
'For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Matthew 25:35,36
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin