Sorry for Your Loss

>> Saturday, January 24, 2015

My husband and I are members of a large church, which explains why we didn’t know Lisa.  But we soon learned this young wife and mom of three young children had stage four breast cancer and not doing well. Even though we did not know her, our hearts were broken for this young woman and her family.  If you follow my blogs then you know my husband has renal cell carcinoma and lung cancer, with a terminal diagnosis. So we are familiar with cancer situations. For some reason God had us praying harder for Lisa than we did for my husband. We shed many tears for their family.

God chose to take Lisa home a few months ago. Our hearts were broken for her family. But knowing she is with Jesus and out of constant pain, the grieving was not without hope.

Lisa has a twin brother Lynn who, until recently, was one of our pastors. He transitioned to become a family counselor, so we had not seen him for a while.

In December I made a decision to start the Ideal Protein diet, which requires a weekly visit with a counselor who measures your weight and inches lost (or gained) and body mass, etc. At the end of your session, you pick up your “food” for the next week.

As I was leaving my counselor, I noticed a somewhat familiar face. I know this person I thought, but I can’t place him. Then it dawned on me… it was Lynn, Lisa’s twin brother. It was the first time I had seen him since her death. He was a mere shadow of his former heavy self. I gave him a big hug and said, “So sorry for your loss”.

The look on the counselor’s face was priceless.  Lynn had lost 71 pounds and was slim and trim. Why would I be sorry for that? Of course I was referring to the loss of his sister, but the counselor didn’t know about her.

When I realized how that came out, I knew God had given me laughter among the pain I still feel for her family.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven…..a time to weep and a time to laugh…..” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 (NIV)



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It's a Choice

>> Friday, October 17, 2014

It took a seven-mile walk, but I finally made my decision. Stopping at a pay phone (that certainly dates it) I called my boyfriend and made a statement.

“I’ve decided to love you.”

He didn’t think that was very romantic.

Due to my history, I needed to make a very solid choice before I ventured into a serious relationship. Our marriage is now over 34 years old and better than ever.

It was a choice.

Now he has cancer. I have another decision to make. Do I worry and fret? Or do I trust in the God I say I believe in? No one else can trust for me. So I look toward heaven and make a statement.

“I’ve decided to trust You”.

I look back over the years and see He has brought me through so many painful experiences … always by my side. Why should I doubt now?

It’s a choice.



“And again, “I will put my trust in him.” Hebrews 2:13 (NIV)



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Obsolete

>> Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Forty-five years ago astronauts stepped on the moon for the first time. As the United States celebrated such a momentous occasion, the drink used for toasting was an orange liquid made from a powder called Tang. It, too, had gone to the moon. Its powdered form was easy for transporting in the space shuttle. Everyone was aware of Tang.

Who talks about Tang today?

Sunday evening a team from our church headed to Honduras on a mission trip. Not so very many years ago we would not have known of their safe arrival for hours or even days. Yet fifteen minutes after they landed in Honduras, I knew they had arrived safely through the magic of Facebook.

How many of us write actual letters anymore?

A question in today’s paper caught my attention. “How long would you last without a mobile phone?” In response to a survey, 47% said they wouldn’t last a day. I remember the day – as a child – when we finally got a phone. It was a big deal. Yet today more than two in five American adults live in a house without a landline. We haven’t had one for years.

When will landlines in a home be obsolete?

Our world is changing daily. Items of great importance today will soon no longer matter. As more and more things become obsolete, I’m so grateful I have a timeless God who will still be with me tomorrow and the rest of my days.

He will never become obsolete.

“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NLT)



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One String

>> Thursday, June 5, 2014

One evening the great violinist, Niccolo Paganini, was playing one of his favorite violin concertos before a packed house. As he was building his performance to its climax, one of the strings broke. With one string dangling down, he never missed a beat; just improvised with the remaining three strings. And then the unbelievable happened…another string broke. Again, he continued with his concerto on two strings, with two strings hanging useless.

He was almost to the final crescendo of the magnificent concerto when another string broke. The audience watched, spellbound, as he completed his performance on just one string. Paganini spread out his arms and before he took a bow he said, “One string and Paganini.”

He made more music out of one string than other violinists with four.

I have heard of other people who have continued to play with one string. I think of Joni Eareckson Tada…paralyzed from the neck down as a teenager. With her one remaining string, she has helped millions of disabled people around the world. I’m sure you can think of others.

My life cannot compare to hers, but I have experienced what it is like to continue with just one string. At first, it seemed my one remaining string was out of tune and near breaking. But I chose to focus on my one string, rather than on the useless ones dangling down.

And I began to make music again.

You may be staring at your broken strings. They are of no use any more. It’s time to turn to the One String…with a lifetime guarantee…that offers you the ability to make magnificent music in your life.



“What a beautiful thing, God, to give thanks, to sing an anthem to you, the High God!
To announce your love each daybreak, sing your faithful presence all through the night,
accompanied by dulcimer and harp, the full-bodied music of strings.” Psalm 92:1-3 (MSG)
  

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