Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Resting in Faith

I love facebook.  I find it a great way to connect to old friends (and it fulfills my small desire to know what's going on with other people!)  Recently, through facebook, I was reconnected with a friend from high school.  I have not seen her nor spoken to her since we graduated (over 10 yrs!) but have always thought of her fondly. 

As I took a moment to check out her facebook page, pictures, etc.  I found out that she is in the midst of a tragedy. She gave birth to a baby girl three months ago but that little girl never came home. One hour after being born she went home to be with Jesus and now my friend is grieving.
Reading her blog about her daughter and the swarm of emotions she is feeling broke my heart.  I couldn't help but just sit as tears poured from my eyes as I experienced only a glimpse of the emotions she must be feeling.  She is not the only friend I have facing extreme hardship today. As I write, I have a dear friend holding onto her marriage by a thread, I have several friends worried about how they are going to pay this months bills or how they are going to feed their kids,  I have a neighbor that is mourning the loss of a beloved pet. 

I ask myself this - How do you move on?  How do you move forward when the unimaginable has happened. What do you do when there is no answer to the WHY and there is no clear understanding of teh purpose?  I was recently at a women's conference with Kay Arthur and she addressed this very issue. Her answer - You rest in Faith!  Let faith be your pillow you sleep on at night, let faith be the cup that quenches your thirst, let faith be the arms that hold you.  You rest in Faith!

This scripture was posted on my dear friends page and I find it fitting here too.  May I have the kind faith to be able to claim this in my own life.
“I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances may be. I know now how to live when things are difficult and I know how to live when things are prosperous. In general and in particular I have learned the secret of… facing either plenty or poverty. I am ready for anything through the strength of the One who lives within me.” Philippians 4: 11-13

I am praying today for you my dear friends.  I am praying that you will find rest in you faith, that you will experience peace and that you will feel the Lords loving arms holding you close.

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