Sunday, December 16, 2007
I thank the Lord for times of the blessing of His felt presence......for demonstrations of His work in people's lives. Again and again I have seen so much suffering, so much struggle in the lives of those around me--in church, family, community........yet life has a rich beauty to it. Again and again I see spiritual battles, spiritual growth, sometimes spiritual loss; again and again I have seen prayer changing things in surprising ways---ways I would not have expected or anticipated, perhaps in ways I have questioned and yet beauty has come out of it. The spiritual side of life is a blessing in its rich sustaining surprises----I do see in suffering a deepness in life that is hard to express......sometimes it seems like a song is threading itself into a soul (can't really put down what I mean!). I thank God for all Christ went through on earth and for the way he suffered---you know I never thought of being really thankful for this---I always thought of asking Him to forgive us that He had to endure the suffering. But I am thankful for what He went through because he has been touched with infirmities and suffering and it makes Him such a great high priest, one that can empathize with my weaknesses; what an amazing God to be willing to stoop to such a lowly life for me; what love and now .......now He ministers to me in every aspect of my life. What a blessed presence.