“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12
My family has undertaken one difficulty after another in the past days and yet trials abound. My eldest took another tumble and this time it was a left wrist. Surgery on Thursday and much prayer time would be appreciated. I have been released by my wound Doctor and have lost fourteen pounds (mostly fluid, donchaknow). But, alas here comes a need for The Comforter, again. Nothing seems to escape those who Love Jesus, thus the verse from My Savior’s half-brother comes in handy. The old hymn, “By and By” comes to mind “In Times Like These”, and Believers simply Praise God, The Provider, for all of it. This is where our Faith comes in and all counts as good. Sounds rather dumb to many, but unless you can count on a seat at The Heavenly Table, it doesn’t make sense.
I awakened to another Blessed day here in Plano, with “All God’s Children” from Brenham, Texas on my mind. These precious young folk and I toured Methodist Churches from Texas to Tennessee, including an appearance in Dolly Parton’s lovely Pigeon Forge. Pastor John Derr and I, along with a number of parents, toured for days, singing praises for all who gathered at each church. He and I took turns driving our Church Bus and it was a Hoot! It was just another of those times when I held ‘moonbeams’ in my hand. “Precious Memories” that time cannot erase. These have seen me through some pretty difficult days, but Praise God! They don’t last long!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
And, that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN