We landed on Friday, Bible Challenge Readers! I hope you’ll find a minute to check in and know that I am praying for you today.
Yesterday I received an email from a dear one whose heart is hurting so.
Her struggles are common to many of us.
Her pain is frequently born by everyday world-weary travelers.
At times of this nature, I don’t feel that my words can carry enough weight to relieve the soul of such heaviness. My human attempts that will comfort and ease her sorrow are frail and frugal at best. And so tonight as I write, I pray for her. And I pray for you, many of my readers who are enduring heartache and sorrow.
Our souls are weary.
Our burdens heavy.
There is not a time when we don’t need You.
We ask for your grace- to relieve the pain.
We beg for your mercy- to extend beyond our reach.
We cling to your promises- with all we can muster.
We praise You for the clay You shape…
Into the beautiful sculpture
That reveals Your Glory.
Today would be my Dad’s birthday. Mine is right before his. This is a picture of us celebrating together a few years ago. He’s been gone now for about a year and a half. It sure doesn’t seem like that long, but at the same time, it feels like forever since I’ve seen him. I miss him often, but especially today.
I don’t understand why God allowed him to die. I don’t understand how taking him was a better plan than doing a miracle of healing. I still struggle with that. Honestly, there is only one way I know to deal with that kind of pain.
This morning, with a heavy heart, I prayed a version of the same prayer that I pray every time I feel a little overwhelmed by the grief.
I don’t understand your ways. I hurt and I miss my dad terribly, but I’m choosing to trust you in the midst of the hurt. I know you are good. I know you are love. I know that you see the beginning and the end and that your plans are greater than my own. I don’t understand why God, but I understand who you are. Help me to trust fully in your character and in who you are in spite of how I feel. Fill my hurting heart with peace.
That prayer gets me through the things I can’t understand and the things that aren’t easy. I’m hoping it can help someone else today.
Love and blessings,