It has been a yucky week–

News from faraway that isn’t mine to share, but breaks my heart.

A call back mammogram with something suspicious that needs further evaluation. (I’ve had the second mammo and ultrasound, and there is “something there” but of course, they won’t speculate except to say, “Don’t worry about it.  Your doctor will get a report.”)

And now a bug with fever and intestinal upset that has left me feeling weak in body and soul.

So what do we do when things go so terribly “wrong?”  My Thousand Gifts book lies here on the hearth, and I open it to read,

“. . .that which tears open our souls, those holes that splatter our sight, may actually become the thin, open places to see through the mess of this place to the heart-aching beauty beyond.  To Him.  To the God whom we endlessly crave.”  Anne Voskamp

And then God’s Eternal Word:

10“So do not fear, for I am with you;
   do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
   I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Is. 41:10




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4 responses to “

  1. good words from and Anne and God.  I’m going thru the book too….slowly….just loving it

  2. God’s Word, is there anything more powerful? What comfort. I hope you find peace and comfort today.

  3. I’m so so sorry, my dear friend.  The trials are so hard.  Our preacher this morning said that he met a Christian old lady who said that she learned to ask God to continue the trial and make her learn whatever it was she needed from Him at that time, so she wouldn’t forget it.  The Bible says, “I rejoice in my infirmities, for when I am weak HE makes me strong.”  I write these things weakly, for I myself have also been going through a trial (of depression) and I just want God to take it all away.  How can I rejoice in my infirmity?  It’s impossible for me, and can happen only through Christ alone.  I will pray for you, and I’m sending warm thoughts and hugs your way.  Love you.

  4. Saying a prayer for you right now!

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