Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Promises of Spring

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.  - Proverb

I saw my first pink blossoms of 2013 today.

They helped me remember that Spring will come even though extreme heartache fills my being.

My 96 year old grandmother has been in and out of the hospital and is ill.  We are being told she's nearing the end of her life.

Her son, my uncle, is nearing the end of his life due to kidney failure and dialysis issues.

My great aunt, my grandmother's step-sister, is nearing the end of her life and should have passed (according to doctors) before Christmas.

And, my Mom is suffering such intense physical pain along with the grief of facing the loss of three close family members within a very short time.

I'm struggling. My own illnesses have flared.  My heart hurts.

I want to fix everything.  I want to heal the sick. I want to bring joy into each life.  I want to make it all better - for everyone.  I can't.  I so wish I could.

Then I stop at the reminder that He works all things to good for those that love Him.

The sadness still tries to overtake me as I fight to seek His promises.  They are everywhere - if I choose to look and see.

His faithfulness shows up in those that are caring for my sick relatives.
His joy is heard in my Mom's singing - praising God right through her pain.
His beauty is seen in small pink blossoms alerting me that Spring will come again, His promises will be kept and His love is never ending.

I'd appreciate prayer for my family and I.

It's a very tough time for us right now.  And, I know many of you are going through your hard times as well.

So many of you are in my thoughts and prayers on a regular basis - whether or not we talk or email.

May you feel God's peace, revel in His strength and smile with His freely given joy.

Thank you.
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