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Tuesdays Torch Week 506

10/16/18
By Cindy Lundhagen (guest writer)

As most of you may know by now, our dear friend and writer of Tuesdays Torch, Tim Sader, is currently in the intensive care unit at the Medical University of South Carolina. Tim is fighting for another miracle as I type these words. He is surrounded by family and friends and is deeply loved. Tim’s wife, Sammy, was in tears at one point in my visit on Monday. She said “tomorrow is Tuesday”. She was disheartened because for the first time in 505 weeks Tim would not be able to write his weekly Tuesdays Torch. She said she wished she could write it but she couldn’t. I asked her if she wanted me to write it for her and if so, what would she want me to say. Instead, she asked me to stand in for Tim this week and to write for him…so there would be a week 506…while Tim rested.

That’s how I wound up filling in for Tim this week. It seemed like such an honor at the moment I said I would do it. Now it just fills me with fear. I tried to get some inkling of an idea on where Tim would want to go next in his Torch by looking back as some of the recent entries. And it made me cry…and it made me feel so much more unworthy to write in his stead. You see…Tim’s most recent Torches were love letters. They were love letters about he and Sammy’s relationship. They were love letters that portrayed Tim’s everlasting love for Christ. They were epic love letters. And I don’t know how to write love letters. But this week I am going to try to write a love letter. I am going to try to do it for Tim.

I met Tim and Sammy probably close to two years ago. I was relatively new to church and relatively new to learning about Jesus. I signed up for some “Growth” classes in the church and that is where I found Tim and Sammy. I found this most amazing couple who were madly in love with each other and it was so endearing just to watch them. They just have this natural rhythm with each other that is magical…intoxicating…like they were just meant to be with each other. It’s a definite God thing that gives them a heartbeat for each other…a single heartbeat in two bodies. They are simply breathtaking. As God would say in the Old Testament, they are a “sweet aroma”.

And then there is Tim. Tim is this man that no wheel chair and no medical condition can hide. Tim in not defined that way. Tim is a man that knows who he is and knows whose he is…above all else. Tim comes across as quiet sometimes…until you get to know him. But really, he just knows when to speak and when not to speak. And when Tim speaks you are compelled to listen. He exudes Holy Spirit and Godly wisdom. Tim can mesmerize with a few simple words…much in the manner that Jesus does. He is like David in the Bible. He has a heart for God. And God doesn’t see like man sees. God sees the heart. He sees this big, wide open heart in Tim and he gifts Tim with this supernatural power to know his heart. He gives Tim the power to share his heart. And I think that’s why so many of Tim’s Tuesdays Torches read like love letters. It’s because Tim is in love. And when you are in love…it shows.

Tim’s love shows in everything he does. It shows in this gentle love of his bride whom he called “beautiful” on his birthday last Thursday. It shows in the loving faithfulness to God in the Tuesday Torches that he has written for 505 weeks straight…over 9 years of faithfully spreading God’s love around…sowing it everywhere. It shows in the Tim Sader Zoom virtual small group he started recently and that he leads in true Tim fashion. He leads it with love. It shows when he never quits sharing this Jesus that he knows with everyone that will spare a moment to listen. It shows in his humble spirit that runs his race with immense joy despite sometimes immense suffering. It shows. His love shows. His love always shows.

And to show our love for Tim, during this week 506, I want to close it with a prayer. I want to steal words of scripture to pray for our Tim this week because I think they fit him and are for him in this moment.

For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you Tim with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for you Tim and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you Tim may always be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:14-19

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Tuesdays Torch week 505

Tuesday’s Torch

10/09/18

By: Tim Sader

May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. (Proverbs 5:18)

One nice day in late March Sammy’s bestie Kadie came to hang out with her for the day. I had the van at first but when I got home they asked me to go on a friendly lupper date with them. I felt like a privileged man that day with two pretty ladies to hang out with. We ate pizza, went shopping and had a lot of good laughs together. Having a good support system like Kadie and other friends is ideal. We have mutual feelings of affection to build each other up. God is the best friend for us, He will always support us because of His love. Starting in April we started seeing one year ago photos from our wedding weekend. Next was our one year anniversary and an opportunity for us to celebrate all our firsts together. The first anniversary is traditionally the paper anniversary so I wrote a poem about our firsts and planned to relive some of them that day. We celebrated our first talk, first date, first visit to her town, the first movie we watched. That day would be a reminder of some of the firsts that brought us to our first anniversary. For our first talk I bought her some of the favorite candies she told me she likes, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Skittles, Starbursts and red gummy bears. After giving her the poem and this little gift we went and had lunch at Mellow Mushroom because our first date and part of our proposal happened there. After our wedding the top layer of our cake never got wrapped up and put in the freezer which felt somewhat like bad juju. I think we told that story all year but as the one year anniversary approached it made us sad since on our wedding we never even got to eat it. One day I got the idea to contact the girl who baked the original cake and had her recreate the top layer of our cake for our anniversary. She no longer worked from the place we got married at so we met her at Starbucks and she brought our cake there to make a third surprise for Sammy at a coffee shop. When we went back to the house we had some cake then I gave her one more gift to represent when I first went to her house. It was a mini stuffed Timmy giraffe to match her big one and we watched Little Manhattan the first movie we saw in her living room.

Making it one year together felt amazing because we had to overcome many difficulties just to get to where we were. Many blessings flowed from the fountain of our love. My wife is so loving and graceful, her beauty always satisfies me and I’m intoxicated by her sweet love (Proverbs 5:18-19). It seems unreal to me thinking back to where our lives were before we found one another that we would be at that point already. Who am I and my family that God would have brought us so far so fast (1 Chr 17:16)? We are all His children, He loves us and wants the best for every one of us. What is our lot from God above, what is our heritage from the Almighty (Jb 31:2)? If we long to dwell in His tent and seek to find refuge in His wings we will be heard by Him. He will hear the vows we make and give Himself as a heritage to those who fear His name (Ps 61:4-5). The vows we make on our wedding day are blessed by God; they are part of our heritage from Him. Enjoying life with our spouse whom we love gives meaning to our lives. Without being able to love someone the days of our lives are pretty much meaningless. What is our work and toilsome labor under the sun all about (Eccl 9:9)? There are very few things that add meaning and depth to our lives. Loving our spouse and carving out a heritage with them makes our striving worth it. After a year of marriage the two of us realized that nothing else really matters in this world except for loving family and being a blessing in return for the fountain of blessing we have received. One year felt great but every year we can add to that one year shows us just how far we’ve come, how far God has brought us.

Lord we thank you that our fountain is blessed and you have given us a heritage of love and life. Forgive us God for thinking we can find happiness in all the toiling we do without you. Help us Lord to rejoice in the wife we married and in the family you have blessed us with. When we look at our wife my we be intoxicated by the grace and beauty that made us love them in the first place. Thank you for remembering me and my family God and for your love being a heritage to us. Our vow God is to seek you for our shelter because we love you and fear your name. Whatever family situation we are in there is someone for us to love like we’ve been loved by you. May we be faithful to start where we are so that you can take us where we want to be. In Jesus Name, Amen

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 
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Tuesdays Torch week 504

Tuesday’s Torch

10/02/18

By: Tim Sader 

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:16)

Valentines weekend 2016 was the most epic that Sammy and I have had it will be hard to beat. I bought her a purple and white gold key to my heart, we got dressed up for a banquet and topped it all off with a Garth Brooks show. The love of God compels us much like we were captivated during that concert. We should urgently seek Him because of His love and our desire to become more like Christ. Toward the end of March when the weather started to get warm one of Sammy’s best friends Kadie came to spend the day with her. I was gone at an appointment when she got there so they had to wait to use the van. When I got there they were outside and ready to go so I made my way out of my spot on the passenger side of the van. When I got out they invited me to go with them. I thought about it and decided it would be fun to have a lovely date with my wife and her bestie. After getting the keys from mom Sammy and I got loaded into the van, her in passenger side and me in the back. It only works that way because she cannot fit behind my chair to get into the van if I sit upfront. I ate a little something after my appointment but they were hungry so we started our date with lupper (too late for lunch but not yet supper) at Mellow Mushroom. When we got there we ordered sodas, a pepperoni, mushroom and bacon pizza. I wasn’t hungry but it looked good so I ate a piece. After finishing dinner we went on a little browsing/shopping spree at the strip mall. At World Market they bought matching friendship scarves and Kadie bought a sun hat. The next store we went to was Palmetto Moon because Sammy loves that store. She bought a few Clemson Tiger shirts and some others but was anoyed that all the shirts with big pictures have them on the back where no one can see them because of the wheelchair. Finally we ended up going into Ross to see if we could find some more things for decorating the house. We found this little pallet with a quote on it that looked like it’d hang perfectly over the big ugly security box we cannot get rid of. When we brought it home sure enough it was a perfect fit. That was enough shopping for us so we left, put in some gas and went to the house.

Kadie and her husband RG have been great friends to me and Sammy. They cleaned up our yard and extended the front patio with pavers when we first moved in our house. Helping to support each other is a big part of why we choose to have friends and a reason why they chose us. If friends were not sometimes there when we needed them we probably wouldn’t have them or would feel unbalanced in the relationship. This had been the first time Kadie was able to see us in a while because of studying for the bar exam so we supported her by not demanding her time when she had none to give. To be a good friend as a believer we are the supporting ligaments of one another. We build each other up by growing in love together so that we can do the work of the Lord. We must be completely humble, gentle and patient in bearing with one another in love; this helps bring unity of Spirit between us through the bond of peace (Eph 4:2-3). For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love (2 Pt 1:5-7). Our affection should be mutual between us; we should feel fond about and like one another. We must make an effort to do what leads to peace, affection and mutual edification (Rom 14:19). Keeping up with all of this does not make being a friend easy. Many people maybe there for us when disaster comes but ultimately the Lord is our support (2 Sm 22:19). Even when we feel like our feet are slipping we can be sure that His unfailing love will be our support (Ps 94:18). On the day of our date Sammy and I enjoyed our friend Kadie and her support to us. The Lord is support for us at all times He is the ultimate friend we can have.

Lord I thank you for the support system you have set up in my life and for the body we are helping to support more and more as our love grows for one another. Help us to see Lord that even when it feels as if no one is there that you are all the support we really need. Help us to do the best we can to do what leads to peace and the edification others. Show us how to be humble, gentle, patient and loving to have unity of Spirit and a bond of peace in our lives. Remind us God we are part of your body so that we will make the effort to grow in godly character and mutual love for one another. In Jesus Name, Amen

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, Facebook and Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 
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