St. Paul’s words offer us guidance, reminding us to guard our hearts, as we attempt to stand firm in faith. As caretakers, we try to do all with love, but mostly fall short. Perhaps you have been given the example of your parent caring for their parent and now their aging is calling you to do likewise. Unfortunately, my grandparents predeceased me, so I did not have that example. Nor was I always shown unconditional love. Yet my love for family and the Lord, calls me to ‘show
The book of Isaiah, written in the exile period, gave comfort to the Israelites during times of great pain, promising redemption and restoration. In any moment, it is good wisdom to remind us not to dwell on the past. Who of us has not been lost and confused in a stressful and often violent world? As people of faith, we do our best to acknowledge God is with us, even in the darkest days. Re-living yesterday usually leaves us in the dark and I doubt any of us wants to stay the
This Scripture brought comfort in my years of active caretaking for my widowed, ailing Mother. It was a long journey, that included four years in two nursing homes and there were many moments where these words strengthened me to press on. God knew what I was going through and that my faith and hope would remain unshakable. How personal, He grasped me by the hand and I could go on, even if it was only a few minutes at a time.
I am forever grateful for the gift of faith and
I’ve read that when fear knocks, to answer with faith and if self-doubt comes, answer with confidence. Barbra Streisand said in a recent interview, she succeeded because she followed her gut. “You have to have both qualities – the self-doubt and the confidence.” There is probably no way to be totally free of self- doubt, (even the disciples doubted, John 6:16-21.) As we rely on the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we grow stronger, believing in ourselves and God’s grace to hold
St. Paul wrote these words long ago, reminding us the Holy Spirit’s presence is unmistakable and one day we, along with creation, will be renewed. We have God’s Word telling us there will be suffering, while reminding us we are not alone and will be restored, strengthened and given courage. While suffering is not God’s desire for us, it occurs in the process of life and is a reality we are called to accept for those we care for and ourselves. Whether unexpected tragedy, ove
What do we really have without faith, a gift that allows us to continue to hope, though we do not ‘yet’ see, what we think we must have. Every gift is intended to be unwrapped and perhaps we need to experience faith further, so it will deepen. Many a time, when God did not answer my prayers the way I thought they ‘should’ be, faith sustained me, awakening me to the realization that God can see the ‘entire’ picture, while I can’t. Faith shows us that truly, God knows what i