Sunday, September 16, 2007
It has been a difficult week for many of our precious friends. Amy Wilhoite lost her battle with cancer and went to be with her Beloved Savior. Kelli was critically ill and had to be hospitalized. She is home from the hospital for now and needs our prayers. Myrna's brother also went home to be with the Lord after a battle with cancer. I am sure there are many others who are suffering in one way or another. It just seems to be part of the human experience.
It can all become a bit overwhelming, but we can echo the words of the Psalmist when he cries out:
"Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise Him,
my Savior and my God." Ps. 42:5
No matter what the circumstances there is always hope; hope in the God who loves us and faithfully keeps His promises to never leave us or forsake us; hope in the God who has promised to work all things together for good; hope in the One who loves us so much He gave His own beloved Son to die for us.
That hope, in the face of such sorrow, was rekindled in my heart this week when I read Kristen's post about the miracle God did in her life. He is still in the business of doing the impossible. It was rekindled when our Pastor told us that nearly 600 people gave their lives to Jesus during our Revival services. Miracles - each and every one of them. He is still in the business of saving lost souls.
I am so thankful that He has given us such a precious gift - hope. My hope is in the Lord.