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Bittersweet Days

I woke up this morning with joy, thanking God for 39 years of marriage to the most wonderful man in the world–my prince, my soul-mate, my best friend and lover and much, much more. 

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Then we got sobering news about our granddaughter who is terminally ill, and the tears came.  The past few days have been rough as the tumor ravages her body.  When we get back there after 2 1/2 weeks away, we’ll really notice the difference.  Yet as our hearts grieve, we also rejoice in the confidence that God is good and loving, He is powerful and in control, He is wise and is working out all things in amazing ways we can only catch a glimpse of presently.  But here’s one of those glimpses, written by her mother:

Last night she was coughing a lot. Firstly, she can’t make her self cough hard so she wasn’t able to clear her airways well, and then I felt like what she did cough up she couldn’t effectively clear from her mouth. So today, I called about getting a suction machine. Tonight she got chills all over, then she started throwing up mouthfuls when she coughed.  It was 8:00 pm when I was thinking of taking her into the ER just to suction her, chest x-ray if needed, etc. when a man showed up at the door with the suction machine. What a relief. I couldn’t believe they got it here so quickly and even after “business hours”. What a gift from God.

And here’s another:
Last night a friend called and said she would like to bring a meal to us tonight. She ended up bringing the very thing Emmeline has asked to have for her birthday next week, tortellini soup and homemade rolls. My friend had no idea. So even though the eating was tough for Emmeline, she was very happy and it was a reminder to me of God’s personalized blessings for each of us.

In these bittersweet days, God’s love, power, and wisdom are our comfort.  He is there for you, too!

 

 

From Him, Through Him & To Him

How often do we read words in the Bible (or sing a song) without really understanding what they mean?  Especially when it’s poetry.  The words and phrases sound beautiful to our ears and uplift our spirits.  But our mind can also be engaged in our worship when we “unpack” these words.  For example, the 11th chapter of Romans ends in a beautiful hymn of praise to God:

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.  (Romans 11:33-36 NIV)

Now look again at the bolded words above.  Take a minute to think what all those prepositional phrases are saying about God.

from him–He is the source.

through him–He is the means.

to him–He is the goal.

Or, as another version spells it out more explicitly:

For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.  (Romans 11:36 NLT)


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