“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
I was introduced to Rosemary through associates from church. I was intrigued by Rosemary and during difficult times we became text buddies, chatting over a period of months. We discussed life, opinions, theology and more. Rosemary was always encouraging, inviting me to prayer nights, giving me jobs to do, offering fellowship, food and friendship.
You’re likely to see Rosemary in various public places in Knaresborough or Harrogate town, singing her heart out and sharing the love of God. She can also be seen on a farm visiting her Beloved goats Fern and Faith with their kid Isobel.
I met this man for the first time at the charity Christians Against Poverty or CAP. We went through induction together. He was a well known figure over there and a true ambassador.
He was a genuine man and full of hope. He was a real encourager as well. We used to play snooker together and whenever I played a poor shot he would give me an impossibly encouraging word. He was a great person to be around.
It was months later that I discovered that back in October 2014 after a prolonged
“There needs to be someone who gives hope”Ian Jenner
period of stress he had suffered from severe headaches and vomiting, which later was discovered to be a category 4 malignant brain tumour, he was only given 3 months to live.
It was through his faith in God that had helped him overcome 5 hours of surgery which removed 91% of the tumour and the rest was treated through chemotherapy and radiotherapy for the next 6 months.
He got the all clear by the summer of 2015.
He was angry that the consultants were very cold with their prognosis and had given him no hope, he would have preferred if they had said that everyone circumstance was different.
“There needs to be someone who gives hope”
For the next 3 years he continued to give hope to many more lives before he past away peacefully in his sleep.
“Jesus said I have come to give you life in all of its abundance” John 10:10
Paul Mirfin is well known around Knareborough and Harrogate as the lead vocals, guitar, merlin, harmonica and founder of his folk rock and gospel group ‘The Paul Mirfin Band’. However I know him more as a friend from church with a passion for Christ with extraordinary testimonies to share.
Alan is the reason why I started painting. His encouragements and persistency lead me to visit Scargill house.
I thank him for what we have shared together and for his extraordinary patience.
May God continue to bless his life.