Reasons to believe in the power of the Bible
Rhesymau i gredu ym mhŵer y Beibl
‘Shortly before the lockdown began, my wife, Evelyn’s, breast cancer morphed into cancer of the spine. We thought that she had days, or a week or so, to live. It became clear that we could no longer care for her at home, so arrangements were made for her to go into care. ‘With the possibility of not being able to see her again, we decided that I would go with her. We have been married for 47 years. Initially, she was in the local hospice, but eventually she transferred to a nursing home and I went too, which meant lockdown.
‘There’s a little balcony and we have been out there. We imagine ourselves on holiday in Northumberland, that’s where we usually go. Loss isn’t when someone dies. You lose lots of things along the way. It’s a whole series of losses. We’ve lost so much, but being able to sit on the balcony was wonderful.
‘Scripture has played a huge part in my life. But, for a while, I lost my ability to read it. I was just reacting to the circumstances. But, then I felt a nudge from God to read and study the book of Ruth. I have found great comfort in the story of how God cared and provided for Ruth and Naomi and how his providential plan for them was worked out.
‘In particular, the thought of God being our refuge, and finding refuge beneath his wings, has sustained me and given me hope (Ruth 2.12). This care home has been a place of refuge and safety for us during these difficult days.
‘The staff here are kind and loving. They are caring for people that nobody else wants to care for. They are superb really.
‘I continue to meditate on the book of Ruth. Our future remains uncertain. We live day to day. It’s all we can do, really.’
‘Ychydig cyn i’r ‘lockdown’ ddechrau, fe drodd canser y fron fy ngwraig, Evelyn, yn ganser yr asgwrn cefn. Roeddem yn meddwl bod ganddi ddyddiau, neu wythnos, fwy neu lai, i fyw. Daeth yn amlwg na allem ofalu amdani gartref mwyach, felly gwnaed trefniadau iddi fynd i dderbyn gofal.
‘Gyda’r posibilrwydd o fethu â’i gweld eto, fe wnaethon ni benderfynu y byddwn i’n mynd gyda hi. Rydym wedi bod yn briod am 47 mlynedd. I ddechrau, roedd hi yn yr hosbis leol, ond yn y pen draw, trosglwyddodd i gartref nyrsio ac es innau hefyd, gan beri ‘lockdown’.
‘Mae yna falconi bychan ac rydyn ni wedi bod allan arno. Dychmygwn ein hunain ar wyliau yn Northumberland, dyna ble rydyn ni'n mynd fel arfer. Nid colled yw pan fydd rhywun yn marw. Rydych chi'n colli llawer o bethau ar hyd y ffordd. Mae'n gyfres gyfan o golledion. Rydyn ni wedi colli cymaint, ond roedd gallu eistedd ar y balconi yn fendigedig.
‘Mae’r Ysgrythur wedi chwarae rhan enfawr yn fy mywyd. Ond, am ychydig, collais fy ngallu i'w ddarllen. Dim ond ymateb i'r amgylchiadau oeddwn i. Ond, yna teimlais bwniad gan Dduw i ddarllen ac astudio llyfr Ruth. Rwyf wedi derbyn cysur mawr yn y stori am sut roedd Duw yn gofalu ac yn darparu ar gyfer Ruth a Naomi a sut y cafodd ei gynllun rhagluniaethol ar eu cyfer ei weithio allan.
‘Yn benodol, mae meddwl am Dduw fel ein lloches, a dod o hyd i loches o dan ei adenydd, wedi fy nghynnal ac wedi rhoi gobaith i mi (Ruth 2.12). Mae'r cartref gofal hwn wedi bod yn lloches a diogelwch i ni yn ystod y dyddiau anodd hyn.
‘Mae’r staff yma yn garedig ac yn gariadus. Maen nhw'n gofalu am bobl nad oes neb arall eisiau gofalu amdanynt. Maen nhw'n wych mewn gwirionedd.
‘Rwy’n parhau i fyfyrio ar lyfr Ruth. Mae ein dyfodol yn parhau i fod yn ansicr. Rydyn ni'n byw o ddydd i ddydd. Dyna’r cyfan y gallwn ei wneud, a dweud y gwir.’
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