Within the past four weeks, four people I am connected with in some way died. Be still my soul.
March 13 our neighbor across the street died. We knew Howard for almost twenty-one years.
Two weeks later, the mother of a sweet friend died before she saw her two-week old grandson.
One week after that, the brother-in-law of another dear friend died. His wife came home from work and found him unresponsive.
And then two days ago, my sister-in-law’s sister died. Dee was scheduled to go into Hospice care at home the next day if she lived that long. She didn’t.
If you are wondering, none of these deaths were COVID related. Only one was expected.
During that same period of time, a baby was born. Our next door neighbors celebrated their first child’s two-month birthday. I was able to hold my friend’s five-month-old baby for the first time. New neighbors moved into the other house next to us.
Also during this four week span of time, Pilot and I celebrated our twenty-ninth anniversary and the Church celebrated the Resurrected Christ.
Life. From birth to death, and everything in between. Be still my soul.
I do not know what you face right now. Health concerns. The health concerns of loved ones. Job uncertainties. Financial worries. Relationship difficulties. Personal struggles. Doubts. Fears. Insecurities.
What I do know is this. Nothing reaches us God didn’t plan or permit. It all passes through his hand first. When the wars of life attack us, and they will, Jesus is as close as our skin. He stands ready to lead us through our battles.
In closing, I leave you with the song I requested be played at my mother’s funeral. I hope it brings you peace in whatever stage on life’s spectrum you currently find yourself in. Be still my soul.
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“When you go to war and see before you vast numbers of horses and chariots, an army far greater than yours, don’t be frightened! The Lord your God is with you—the same God who brought you safely out of Egypt!
“‘Listen to me, all you men of Israel! Don’t be afraid as you go out to fight today! For the Lord your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you the victory!’” Deuteronomy 20:1, 3-4
I wish you well,
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