Remember: We are tied together

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.  "Pooh!" he whispered.  "Yes, Piglet?"  "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw.  "I just wanted to be sure of you."  ~A.A. Milne


It's sometimes hard to remember when we are apart how intricately woven our lives really are.

I'm blessed to have memories of happy times bubbling to the surface as lemons fall down... daring me to make lemonade.

I've been asking the age old questions: 

Why is life so hard at times?

Why must loved ones suffer and die?

Why must there be pain and illness?

I have an answer:  It's all for God's glory - for His will to be done.  I believe that to be true with all of my heart. 

And, while reflecting on the above I realize: 

Near or far, when family and friends suffer, we suffer together.

We may not be able to be physically present when loved ones live so far away, but our thoughts, prayers, voices on the phone and words in cards and letters are presents themselves that lift spirits, bind hearts and keep connections alive.

I've discovered that I'm a "fix it" kind of girl.  

I see someone hurting or in need and I want to  "stop, drop and roll" to give aid. 

However, there are times when my heart and my mind cannot come up with an act or word to fix a bleeding, grieving and broken heart.  

I despise those times.  It makes me feel inadequate and helpless.

However, in those times, I am learning to hand the hurting to God.  And, He has provided when I cannot.  EVERY time.  I'm thankful for that.

I'm speaking of my Mom today.  

She's hurting so much over the loss of my grandmother.  And, now, her pain increases as her brother's health fails.

I see God's hand in all of this.  In fact, I see miracles that are bound together all at the same time:

I see the miracle of a loved one being healed after many years of intense suffering.

I see the miracle of my grandmother accepting Christ four days prior to her passing, being at peace when she died and now residing in Heaven completely free of pain and breathing easy with true LIFE.

I see the closeness of family that is not dependent on proximity of miles but in care and concern gifted in words, thoughts, actions, and deeds.  

I see the miracle of technology working to allow us to physically see, hear and spend time with loved ones thousands of miles away. 

For my uncle (and aunt) living in the heart of our country, I wish I could be there in person to drive you to your appointments, to care for you and to be there with you to fix "it all." For my mom whose heart bleeds with grief, I'm thankful God sent you an Angel yesterday to spend time with you and give you the comfort you needed.  

I'm also thankful to God for gifting me with close friends and neighbors to help me in my times of need.

 As I cannot be the "Ms. Fix It" I'd like to be, I pray to God and put all my loved ones (near and far) in His hands.  I trust completely that you are in His care - that we are all in His care.

I love you, my smiling- eyed uncle and perfectly paired with aunt.  I'm thankful to be a part of your life.  I love you, too, Mom.  I'm here - near or far, in sickness and in health, I'm here. 




  1. the perfect illustration for all being tied together, the flower i mean. a beautiful photo and just perfect for this post. God bless you and your family and I pray he will lift your hearts and give you peace.

  2. This post is full of wisdom. It is hard to see suffering as bringing God glory,but I do believe that when we respond in the right way,God is glorified.He will take us through whatever He allows in our life. Hugs to you.

  3. This post is truly a Gift.
    Beautifully written and full of precious Truth.
    I appreciate the Miracles you found in Life and the warmth and Hugs from the Lord.
    I give you hugs too.