Seriously ill man thanks city and citizens for care

Published 8:55 pm Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dear Editor,

Selma must be the best place in the world to live. On May 5, I was diagnosed with heart disease and kidney failure. I went to Shelby Baptist in Alabaster on May 7, given only a short-lived hope. The doctor’s hope is in medicine and my hope is in Jesus Christ. Anyone that is having a hard time needs to realize that God is in control and not the doctors, themselves or anyone else. Everyone has been great as friends. There have been so many cards, phone calls, visits and most importantly, prayers. Even though I’m at home now, everything still continues.

I want to take this opportunity to first thank my family. They have spent time away from their own families and work to help me. I have the best family and friends ever. People as far away as Texas have made efforts to come and see me. We don’t always realize how much we mean to others. Be sure and take the time now to let them know. I want to thank God’s people, starting with West End Baptist Church, not forgetting all of the other churches that have had special prayer for me. God has been faithful in answering those prayers. All of the churches across the area have been so good in remembering me in their visits and prayers.

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Thanks to Warren Manor Nursing Home, who did all they knew how to accommodate me and my family. Many have been so generous with love gifts that have certainly helped with the costs of things. I would also like to thank Dr. Newton and Dr. Taylor and their nurses.

Last, but certainly not least, my coffee groups at the Downtowner. They all have been so faithful to come and visit me. They are a great bunch of “real” friends. I’ve still got a long way to go, but I have a “Great God.”

Joe Britton