Thursday, March 26, 2009
My mom called me last and told me that they just found out that my great Uncle Norman has an inoperable brain tumor. This was hard news for her and especially for my Aunt LaDonna, Uncle Norman's wife. Aunt LaDonna and Uncle Norman have been married for over 50 years and they love each other deeply. He has been very active the past five years (remodeled an entire house almost by himself), so this came as a surprise. I'm sharing this with you to ask you to please pray. I don't know what to ask you to pray for exactly, I just know that God is loving and so willing to saturate them with his comfort. I want to ask you to pray for it to be miraculously removed (and I prayed that last night), but I also know sometimes God chooses a different miracle. I guess I would ask you to pray for God's miracle.
Over the past two years, I've really been mulling over the whole concept of loss & suffering. And the only thing I've concluded is that God is good, and I mean that in the least trite way possible, and Eternity is so unlike earth. I am now convinced that His heart is for us and not against us and if we will invite him to, he will comfort us. And eventually He will use us to comfort others with empathy for their pain. As I've said before, losing someone will always leave a void in our life here on earth, there's no way around that, we were created to love and when we lose whom we love it hurts, it aches. And the loss leaves us walking with a limp this side of heaven. But again, God isn't against us, he is very near in our suffering. And I'm asking you now to please take just two minutes and pray that God would express His love for Uncle Norman and all involved in a tangible way today and in the days to come. God is good.
Posted by Crystal Keilers, that's me.