Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Yesterday dealt some hard blows.
Two young people that are dear to me are dealing with very difficult things.

My heart hurts for them and their parents.  I try to put myself in their place and imagine all they are thinking and wonder what in the world I could say to comfort them.  There is nothing, absolutely nothing at this point.  We are cut down again.  Only the hope of Jesus can rescue us from this pit.

Yesterday gave some blessings.
A long walk with a dear friend and encouraging conversation.
Attending a long awaited concert at school, watching sweet students I know and hearing uplifting music performed so well.

Yesterday made it clear to me once again that life is filled with ups and downs.  As if we could ever forget.  There is pain and sorrow and prayer.  There is joy and appreciation in little things.  There are praises to God the Father.

A friend posted a video clip from last night's concert this morning and I was reminded in the song, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" that pain is all around.  But we can be the bridge for someone.  We can appeal to the Father on their behalf.  Encourage them with hugs and scripture.  Do what you do best for them.


This passage from Ephesians 3 continues to be my go-to scripture this year.  May you find hope in it:

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.


Summer Lashley said...

beautiful words and a good reminder.

Lori said...


Mark Brewer said...

So sorry to hear. Blessings to you and them.