The book reference for today’s devotional was “A Grief Observed” by C.S.Lewis. I had no idea that this would be the reference point when I wrote my blog entry yesterday, all I can say is “God is good, God is always good!” Amen! I remember a time or a few times to be more accurate in my life when I thought I would never again feel happiness or joy, grief can be a heavy burden to carry and to carry alone. Do you know what I have discovered? Not only did I survive those terrible situations I am a better person because of them…wow! Because of loss in my life, I now have insight from personal experiences to be more empathetic to others, I can take better care of myself. I have gained knowledge in areas I didn’t think I needed any help with and I found that I carry around a lot of “stuff” I was never meant to carry. God is working in amazing ways and teaching me things I never knew I needed to know. I’m living into His purposes and plans for my life, I don’t fully understand everything but I’m trusting God. Can I pray for you today? God of heaven and earth, Lord of the universe open the hearts and minds of all who are seeking to know you. Use these words and your scriptures to open the minds and hearts of your children. I ask that you bless and keep everyone that calls upon your name. May all these things be for your glory. Amen!
Quotes from “A Grief Observed”
“For in grief nothing “stays put.” One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral?”
“But if a spiral, am I going up or down it?
How often — will it be for always? — how often will the vast emptiness astonish me like a complete novelty and make me say, “I never realized my loss till this moment”? The same leg is cut off time after time.”
“This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.”
Matthew 11:25-30 “At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Psalm 68:17-21 “The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands; the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary. When you ascended on high, you took many captives; you received gifts from people, even from the rebellious— that you, Lord God, might dwell there. Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death. Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies, the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.”
~Blessings and Peace~