The past couple of weeks has been frightening. A dire family situation threw us into furious planning and praying. I asked every person I know that prays to pray and Glory to God have seen a shift in the situation. It is still not solved, but I have faith that God is holding us close.
When scary circumstances loom and threaten to overshadow everything, it is tempting to only focus on the darkness, which is the worst thing one can do.
I am not a greatly disciplined reader of scripture and so in this one case I do have an app which helps me read a little each day. One reading this week was from Corinthians 4.
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair, persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies."
I was so humbled and grateful for the friends that reached out to us in such significant ways offering to pray and help. It makes a difference. Such a difference. I love my friends.
Other little things have been such comfort.
One seemingly trivial thing is the table setting with the artificial flowers and wooden leaves in the last photo. My daughter takes such joy in creating beauty with what is available. She arranged this little scene on the table with no help and without my knowledge. She was so proud to show me her finished design. I saw what she had done and I was proud of her sense of symmetry and resourcefulness. But my joy went so much deeper than that. I have always said that if I can teach my children nothing else, I hope they learn from me that light is always stronger than darkness in every circumstance. I had tears in my eyes thinking of my dear sweet girl doing what she could to bring beauty to our little corner of the universe.
“Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we nurture. If our thoughts are peaceful, calm, meek, and kind, then that is what our life is like. If our attention is turned to the circumstances in which we live, we are drawn into a whirlpool of thoughts and can have neither peace nor tranquility.”
~Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica