This week has been a very trying and tragic week for several people I know. It seems that when the Lord wants to take loved ones home he usually does it by twos. When my mom passed...that same night a very good friend of hers', Ethel, who was much older, died too. They must have been escorted by the Angels together into Heaven...Two dear friends of mine lost a daughter this week, and another good friend asked me to pray for her as friends of hers lost a little one. I also have a friend who is enduring some very difficult family issues that are effecting the family in a very profound and deep way. In times like this it's hard to see the good...it's hard to understand the why. It makes me think of a quote by Corrie Ten Boom given a few weeks back in our church bulletin, I've hung onto and see that it has really blessed me and thought I would share:
"Ofter I have heard people say, 'How good God is! We prayed that it would not rain for our church picnic, and look at the lovely weather!' Yes, God is good when He sends good weather. But God was also good when He allowed my sister, Betsie, to starve to death before my eyes in a German concentration camp. I remember one occasion when I was very discouraged there. Everything around us was darkness in my heart. I remember telling Betsie that I thought God had forgotten us. 'No, Corrie," said Betsie, 'He has not forgotten us. Remember His Word: 'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.'" Corrie concludes, "There is an ocean of God's love available-there is plenty for everyone. May God grant you never to doubt that victorious love-whatever the circumstances."
"Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit." Psalm 51:12