Sunday, May 20, 2012

Simply Sunday -- Lamentations 3:25-26 (NIV)


The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait
quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Moment's Reflection:

The sign in the above photo could spell "no hope" for most people.  Yet over the past six days we have watched as my husband's brother was taken to ER and then hospitalized, and ultimately transferred to a nursing facility. The words "nursing home" could have caused us to feel beyond hope.

Do we give up hope simply because life has changed for Bob's brother and his wife?  Not at all!  Hope still abides if we only believe in our Lord.  These verses confirm that promise.  Our hope has only changed:  instead of prayers for healing we now pray for comfortable days and good care, instead of seeing our brother struggle to walk we see him confined to a wheelchair, instead of continuing to be in his home he has been moved to a different home.  These things have changed.  Our hope still rests in the Lord to comfort all of us as transitions and changes settle in.

Prayer:

Father, we ask that you continue to watch over our family and especially our brother.  Help him maintain that sense of calm we saw yesterday when we had to come home.  Let him know that you are sitting beside him each and every day.  Please keep your hand on his caregivers that their touch and care will be compassionate and loving.  In the name of your Son, I pray.



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Visiting Barbie at Fresh Brewed Sundays
 
 
Photo credit:  Jodi Green

12 comments:

  1. The beauty of true faith shines through in the difficult times. We continue to keep your family in our prayers.

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    1. Sara, thanks for your sweet words on the beauty of faith -- so true! And thank you for continuing your prayers for us all. You are the daughter I never had, I do believe!

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    1. Thanks, Barbie! That means a lot to me.

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  3. Thanks for visiting me, and for your kind words about my digital scrapbooking! And it sounds like you have had a difficult week; yet, so thankful that you have God to walk through it with you. Hope all is going well for your husband's brother and his wife.

    And so interesting to find that you know several Campus Crusade staff well! There are so many staff so it is doubtful that I know the ones you know so well - but I did go to a Significant Woman seminar at a staff conference a few years ago, and maybe I even met your friend! So blessed to be on staff with others of like mind - and so blessed to meet you here online, as well!

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    1. Cherry, thanks for stopping by. All seems to be going well on the family front for now. Although the transition and its impact will take time, they are both faithful believers and know that God is with them each step of the way.

      Thank you for the work you do with Campus Crusade! This year I also had a young mom at my Mothers of Preschoolers table who had moved to Portland with her husband and family. They have been heading up new Campus Crusade ministries on several college campuses in the area. So good to see the young interested in growing the work of this ministry. Feeling blessed to have connected.

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  4. LIfe changes are so difficult, we walk in them with no idea sometimes of what they will mean for us. Be still in your heart and remember that God is in control.

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    1. So glad you stopped here and on Facebook. Thanks for the reminder to be still and know that he is our God and in control.

      Checked out your blog and it's beautiful from many perspectives. I know I'll enjoy following you on Google Reader. I look forward to the opportunity to meet up!

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  5. Oh Sherrey, I know this change must be difficult. My heart goes out to you. It is good to see your gratitude list above. Giving thanks does make a huge difference!

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    1. Tereasa, so good to feel your warmth and spirit here. Thanks so much for your visit. Giving thanks does put everything into perspective, doesn't it? I'm hoping not to have to be away at such long stretches because I miss my community of online Christian women. :) Among them, you!

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  6. AMEN!! See so many walking through this very situation. Adjusting and readjusting life... but ONLY having one Solid and Perfect Guide to follow. Thank you for pouring your heart to your family. It's a treat.

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    1. Caryjo, I'm so glad you dropped by . . . and I've visited your blogs now and enjoyed both very much. I've joined the roadrunner one and look forward to keeping up with you. I'm guessing you live in WA state, right? I'm in OR just down the road. :) I love your words, "Solid and Perfect Guide." That really suits the Partner in our lives, doesn't it? He is the Only One who leads us perfectly.

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