Friday, September 18, 2009

When you're in the muck...

Life tends to come at you in waves; as one very wise person said, "the rain falls on the righteous and the un-righteous."  Lately, I've gone through and am going through a season of loss...the rain has been falling.  To pick up where my last post left off, my dear grandmother went home to be with the Lord on August 28th.  Her loss leaves a big hole in our family, and in my heart...magnified by the unexpected loss of my Mother nearly 2 years prior to the day.  So yes, I'm in a bit of a season of loss...and much of what I write on this blog is therapeutic for me...However, I want to be is to the Lord that I turn to find comfort in His Word.  In particular, three specific Scriptures have helped me during a difficult time

2 Chronicles 16:9: "For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him."

From Psalm 34:
"The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and
his ears are attentive to their cry...
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

From Psalm 42:
"Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God."

How do you respond when life begins to overwhelm you?  While I don't claim to have all the answers...or even any of the answers, I do know this; God's Word, His promises will stand the test of time.  And it is there that I find Words of comfort, Words of strength, Words of compassion and empathy, and Words of hope.  I don't have much to write today, but I can point you to those same Words...Words of Life.

These three Scriptures have brought me Hope in the midst of pain...where do you turn when you are empty?

1 comment:

john shorthill said...

Been keeping you and Julie in my daily prayers. Your blog fills in lots of blanks. Specifically asking the Lord to lighten the load and brighten the path. It's my pleasure and blessing to serve with you.
John Shorthill