It is good for me that I was afflicted,
that I might learn your statutes.
The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Your hands have made and fashioned me;
give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
because I have hoped in your word.
I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
Let your steadfast love comfort me
according to your promise to your servant.
Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
for your law is my delight.
Over the years, I’ve learned that it is often those most fortunate in life who complain the loudest about the ‘cross’ God has called them to bear. And certainly, there is a tendency with all of us to winge about the least significant things that disrupt our comfortable routines. It’s probably a form of attention seeking, but I doubt it ever bring glory to God.
I came across Johnny Farese on the web as I was viewing some Christian videos on YouTube. Though we might say he has every right to be bitter, by the grace of God, this man has overcome his tragic condition. His testimony is both inspiring and challenging and his life brings glory to God.
John Farese was born into a family of seven children with a condition known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy. He is one of three in his family with this condition. His sister, Tina, died at the age of eight. By God’s providence, His older brother, Bernie, aged fifty and John, aged 48, have far outlived the expected lifespan of people with this condition, who normally die at an early age through related complications.
Below are two videos about John and two links to websites that he has developed and maintains.