• Raining Down Love

    Mornings are my quiet time.

     

    Coffee and conversations with our Creator.

     

    He always has a word for me if I pause long enough to listen.

     

    And on this rainy morning, God showered love on my aching heart in a way that only He can.

     

    Today, it will be 7 years since my mother left this world to join my father and our Heavenly Father.

     

    It was a day when the colors of the world around me seemed to dull.

     

    And the sounds around me went deafeningly quiet.

     

    For the second time in 8 months, I turned off the oxygen machine that helped sustain my parents, who both suffered with lung cancer.

     

    There would be no more humming sounds from the machine.

     

    Only silence.

     

    But today as I reminisce about Mom, a new sound gently replaces the silence I remember.

     

    Outside I hear birds harmonizing together through the sound of the falling rain.

     

    What a surprisingly beautiful combination.

     

    Birds singing in the rain.

     

    They sing despite their circumstances.

     

    God always has a way of reminding me to find beauty in all situations

     

    Although my heart yearns for conversations with Mom, I find comfort in God speaking through His word.

     

    Hosea 6: 3. “Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him.

    As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

     

    In our bleakest moments, He will appear.

     

    When our soul feels empty, He will saturate us with His love, like the rain waters the earth.

     

    Friends, find some quiet time for our Creator.

     

    He will speak if you pause long enough to listen.

     

    Let Him shower love on you today in the way only He can.

  • No Words

    Some days there are no words, just heavy sighs,

    The unthinkable happens.

    Without warning or explanation, the landscape of a life is drastically changed forever.

    And like watching a movie in slow motion, there is nothing that those watching can do to stop the devastation that is about to occur.

    Slowly, painfully the next moments unravel.

    An ending has been rewritten for what was supposed to be a beautiful story.

    It rocks us to our foundation and leaves us feeling vulnerable.

    Because deep in our spirits, at any given moment, we know that the main character in the story could be us.

    In the scene that is unfolding, those surrounding the main character have few lines.

    But the scene does not work without the supporting cast.

    In moments when life is unbearably hard, we become unsure of our lines.

    We are not scripted with what to say.

    We are not called to have all the answers.

    We are simply called to be present.

    “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

    When we read the story of Lazarus, Jesus approaches Mary his sister as she is grieving for her brother.

    Jesus, moved with compassion, weeps with her.

    The briefest line in the Bible is one of the most powerful.

    “Jesus wept.” John 11: 35

    No speeches or sermons.

    Jesus stays present with Mary as she mourns.

    He stays with her in the hard places.

    His presence was a gift far greater than any words He could have offered.

    A model of how to be part of the supporting cast for those we love facing unspeakable grief.

    Some days there are no words, just heavy sighs.

    Be present in the hard places.

    Because two are better than one.