I love Issues, Etc. Fantastic, Lutheran radio show. I’ve never regretted listening to it, and I learn something new every time I do. I have to admit, though, I don’t often get to listen live, because life, (and noisy children), tend to get in the way.
I do get excited every year, (all right, all both of them so far), however, when it’s time for Issues, Etc. 24, and I make sure to listen live, for as much of the 24 hours as I can. It’s like a radiothon (is that even a thing?) that isn’t cheesy, but instead gives me new insight into Scripture and strengthens my faith.
And the timing of both of these extended-length programs blows my mind. Last year, I was pretty sick when it was on, and couldn’t sleep much because I was so congested. And so, I listened all night, and most of the surrounding days as well. If you’re going to have to be sick, you might as well learn more about the Bible from some great pastors, right? And it sure beats watching infomercials at three a.m.!
This year, in a sad turn of events, I’ve been recovering from yesterday’s D&C, (to take care of an incomplete miscarriage), while Issues, Etc. 24 is on. While I really wish I wasn’t going through this at all, I’m glad I have the Word to listen to, especially since sleep has not come easily, as this whole situation weighs heavily on my mind. This year’s event has been an even greater blessing than last year, when I was simply sick and uncomfortable.
I’m very thankful for God’s timing in these situations–only He would have known when the show was scheduled how needed it would be by me right at those moments. I’m also thankful for everyone who is involved in putting this show together, and encouraging the listeners to learn more about God’s Word!