Sunday, January 24, 2010

"Life is difficult." The opening line of the book, "The Road Less Traveled" by Scott M. Peck. It has been quite a few years since I read the book. I don't remember a lot from the book but the first words left an impression upon my mind.

I don't know about you but sometimes I grow so weary with life and it's would be so easy just to pull the covers up over my head and go back to bed. Although sleep is good it won't solve most problems.

I've been struggling with my health issues for almost 2 1/2 years. It is frustrating because there are so many things I would like to do. I volunteer to help out with a project at church, school, or the community only to discover my health issues will not allow me to participate once again. Even now as I write this the tears I try to hold back spill down my cheeks. I know this is a season in my life and it will not last forever. There are so many people who deal with far greater health problems than me.

Death, depression, disease, family issues, money problems, lack of employment, fear of terrorism, and the list goes on. I see these issues amongst my family and friends and my heart breaks for them. Sometimes the words of comfort I try to offer do not seem to be enough... I can never offer enough to anyone but I know the One(Jesus)who has given His love so we can have enough grace to face each day and the difficulties it brings.

Yes, Life is difficult, we will never escape that truth this side of heaven. But thanks be to God we have a Lord and Savior who died on the cross for our sins. So that we do not have to live an eternity in despair and brokeness.

May you find comfort in the words of these beloved hymns!

"Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But He said to me, "My Grace is suffucient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, than, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Happy Twelfth Day of Christmas
I have been rather silent on my blog lately. I hope to share a couple of writings with you each week. My health issues continue to be a challenge at times but I am thankful to our loving Heavenly Father who sustains me and upholds me when I grow weary. I am grateful for a husband who loves me and gives me encouragement each day. He is a treasure and a gift from God to me. My boys bring me more joy than I ever imagined and so I am focusing on all that is good in my life.
Over the past couple of years I have included political commentary on my blog. I have decided to create a new blog which for my political thoughts.
My original intent for this blog was to share God's word and a place to share devotional style writings. It will be better to keep the political commentary separate from here. Over the next couple of weeks I will remove the politcal writings and links from my blog.
I would like to share with you my favorite Christmas Hymn. I will post the words underneath. May it bless you and remind you of the great love our Father has for you.

Of the Father’s love begotten, ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see, evermore and evermore!

At His Word the worlds were framèd; He commanded; it was done:
Heaven and earth and depths of ocean in their threefold order one;
All that grows beneath the shining
Of the moon and burning sun, evermore and evermore!

He is found in human fashion, death and sorrow here to know,
That the race of Adam’s children doomed by law to endless woe,
May not henceforth die and perish
In the dreadful gulf below, evermore and evermore!

O that birth forever blessèd, when the virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving, bare the Savior of our race;
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face, evermore and evermore!

This is He Whom seers in old time chanted of with one accord;
Whom the voices of the prophets promised in their faithful word;
Now He shines, the long expected,
Let creation praise its Lord, evermore and evermore!

O ye heights of heaven adore Him; angel hosts, His praises sing;
Powers, dominions, bow before Him, and extol our God and King!
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Every voice in concert sing, evermore and evermore!

Righteous judge of souls departed, righteous King of them that live,
On the Father’s throne exalted none in might with Thee may strive;
Who at last in vengeance coming
Sinners from Thy face shalt drive, evermore and evermore!

Thee let old men, thee let young men, thee let boys in chorus sing;
Matrons, virgins, little maidens, with glad voices answering:
Let their guileless songs re-echo,
And the heart its music bring, evermore and evermore!

Christ, to Thee with God the Father, and, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant with high thanksgiving, and unwearied praises be:
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory, evermore and evermore!