April 13, 2012

An Encouraging Word

Recently a dear brother in the Lord sent me an email with an encouraging message and a reference to read Psalm 73:23 - 26. When I read that, it struck me that already in verse 1 it referred to those who are " pure in heart ". Well, I felt convicted already, because I am not pure in my heart. When you read on, then there is a list of sad and disappointing attitudes of those who should be trusting and believing. But thanks be to God, He does not leave us to ourselves. In His mercy, verse 23 begins with the gracious word "nevertheless ". In other words, God Who knows our sins, is still willing to have dealings with us. Then He gives a precious promise that we can hold on to, and receive comfort from.

The promise is "Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand." We, like sheep, will go astray, and wander away from Him, because of our natural inclination to be attracted to sin. But God promises to hold His people by their right hand. This is nothing else but 'amazing grace '.

I am writing this short blog post to you on my new DynaVox computer. It allows me to type using a mouse controlled by a piece of reflective tape on the bridge of my glasses. It is slow and tedious, but it gives me the freedom to communicate in various ways. It can speak out the sentences I write, and I can also email them. There is also a place where I can control my Bose sound system and iPod. This computer costs about $13,000 to purchase, but we signed for a monthly leasing plan which is fairly reasonable.

In a week or so, I will be getting a new seat for my electric wheelchair that has a seat tilting and leg raising function on it. There are many new things for me to get used to and accept and I must admit that it is sometimes difficult to process emotionally. My ability to walk with a walker and talk is pretty much gone now, and that is a tough loss for me. But I know that one day I will again be able to walk, talk, and even sing. I look forward to that day, but meanwhile I must endure and wait for God's time. He knows what is best for me, even when I think I know better. I pray for a submissive heart, and that I may be able to finish well and not dishonour His holy name.

Jack Westerink

Here is a family picture (minus our oldest grand daughter) taken on Good Friday.


  1. Dear Mr. Westerink,
    You and your family are very often in my thoughts and prayers. I am praying that the God of all comforts will bless you with much peace spiritually and emotionally as your physical trials increase.
    Love in Christ to you and your dear ones,
    Anita Higgins (nee VanDoodewaard)

  2. Dad,

    So good to hear your voice in the words you write. I heard your voice on the answering machine the other day and I realized how much I miss being able to talk to you like we used to. I heard you as I read this blog this morning and I'm glad we can still communicate. I know it's tedious but I'm glad for it all the same.



    1. That is very preciously formulated Willem, thanks;
      Jack we too steadily hear your voice in the words you write, although as family oversea we even cannot visit you.
      In prayer and mind,
      Bert Gerrit / NL

  3. Dear Jack,

    Psalm 73 starts with convicting and humbling us before God, and then we see God's gracious and loving "nevertheless" followed by His amazing provision for us. In a similar way we see this disease taking its awful toll on you and your family, and yet we see His provision for you too. What a blessing (for you & us!) to have the technology available to allow you to continue to speak of your precious Lord to others. He still has work that He wants (and has equipped) you to do. How kind and compassionate is our Father who blesses us in the midst of the heaviest trials.
    With our love & prayers,

  4. "When thou passest through the waters I will be with thee."
    Dear Jack, thank you for sharing this journey with us. We commend you, Lena and your family to the Lord in prayer continually. God will be glorified in the darkest valleys and in the deepest tribulations. It is evident that the Lord has taught you so much of who He is and this always humbles, and you lean on Him more and more. It is such a deep and difficult way, and we are so sad to see it, but yet not without hope and not without seeing the astounding grace of God who carries day by day, is preparing you for heaven and heaven for you. We believe that the Lord has used your personal evangelism to the conversion of sinners in this past year and we rejoice in what God has done and is doing through you. In this time of physical breakdown and struggle may the Lord Jesus hold you closely by His right hand through the valley of the shadow of death. The angels of God rejoice to carry the elect of God, who have nothing in self and everything in Christ, across Jordan to the promised land.
    Till we meet again. Peter

  5. Dear Mr. Westerink,

    Praying for you and your family daily. May our gracious Father continue to uphold you and your loved ones. Thank you for continuing to leave such a rich testimony for us all. "...to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Is. 61:3

    In love and prayer,