Another gorgeous day here in the land of paradise. Sun shinning between large puffy clouds. Gentle breeze is cooling the air, especially when under a tree or some other shade. Temperature only around 82 for a high this afternoon, no need for air conditioners today.

Just before starting to write this afternoon, I received a call from a relative and was told that someone in the family has died with a brain clot. I am always saddened when anyone who is young, dies, and even when it is expected, it really isn’t. I have been keenly aware that as I have gotten older, this occurrence of death happens to visit my doorstep more and more often. Life is but a fleeting shadow, and time does not stop for anyone here in this world. It moves forward, with no regard to race, color, beliefs, likes, sorrows, rich or poor, and in the end leaves one unable to take any of their earthly possessions with them. So as Solomon said so often, vanity, vanity, all is vanity under the sun.

I just found out that my appointment with my Ocologist is in Jan/2012. I thought it was going to be next month, but I am pleased that is almost 3 months away. I will probably know after the blood tests then if I will be entering chemotherapy. Of course my hope is that my platelets will have gone up, and up alot, because if they haven’t, then I will know that nothing I do will help.  I will then leave it up to chemotherapy, to hopefully work well and, place me in remission for many years.

Some of the symptoms for CLL are fever and/or chills, Severe weight loss in which ten percent of the baseline body weight is lost within six months, profuse night sweats, and profound fatigue. However the best way to know for sure, is to have blood tests done especially: WBC, RBC, Platelets.

As I said yesterday: John 6

The multitude had followed him to receive another meal. When Jesus exposed their true motivation for following him, they became religious and sought to justify their preoccupation with their own physical needs by reminding him, that God fed Israel daily in the wilderness with manna.

In referring to himself as the “Bread of Life,” Jesus was saying only by receiving him personally could they truly experience real life. He told them their ancestors who ate manna died, but those who eat this bread, the “Bread of Life” will never die (John 6:49-54).

While engaged in a heated discussion, Jesus made a statement that would shock them into understanding what he was really saying. He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except you eat of the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. “Who so eats my flesh and drinks my blood hath eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood dwells in me and I in him.” (John 6:53-54 – kjv) By this, he meant only he could satisfy the hunger and thirst in their souls for personal worth.

Only by becoming one with Jesus would they experience the personal security and significance they needed every day. Using a metaphor, in reference to eating his flesh and drinking his blood (apparent cannibalism), would certainly eliminate all who continued to think in physical terms only. Those who would eat and drink only of what this world offers for security and significance would never understand. However, for those who looked for more than just another free lunch (those who saw the obvious metaphor he was using)—these words offer tremendous hope by becoming one with Jesus.

Whoever believes on him (i.e. eats his flesh and drinks his blood —consumes him —completely identifies with him) will enter into such a vital union with Christ, that what so ever is true of Jesus is true of them as well.

In conclusion, the personal significance of such a statement, as understood in our union with Christ, is this:

We are seen in His eyes as worthy, because He is, and we are just as secure as Jesus, himself. To accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior means we chose to believe we have become one with him; we chose to believe we are secure in his love and significant in his plan.

It is trusting in our union with Christ that gives us a real sense of worth as a person and liberates us to realize our true potential in Christ to love others. It is only then, when our personal needs are met, that our spiritual need to love others can be met.

whatever is true of Jesus is true of them as well.