For our anniversary this year Judy had some old Kodak slides (yes, the one you put in a slide projector) and sent them off to be converted into pictures. Does anyone still have a slide projector? Anyway, the slides were of me when I was very young. I had a burr haircut and was always the smallest one in the picture. I also saw pictures of my grandparents, my dad and mom. They all look so young but when I was growing up they all looked so old!
I had time to reflect on my mom. She was young and healthy. Unfortunately the last few years of her life were filled with pain and suffering. There was a new drug on the market that was to be a miracle drug but also had a severe side effect which was addiction. Add to this a battle with weight and my mom was often facing struggle after struggle. Yet, through all these struggles she still kept her faith and hope alive! She had a deep faith that God was good and would not let her go. I learned so much about faith from watching her face the battle of life each day with the grace of God. Sometimes she did well and other times she failed miserably but she always faced each day, trusting God and depending on God’s grace.
One of her favorite Bible verses was Lamentations 3:19-26: The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall! My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. I come to remind you that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases! God’s mercies never come to an end! We have a God whose love will not let us go!
Please note that Worship services will be online April 26 and May 3. All activities at the church have been suspended thru April 30. The Holston Conference has been postponed (date to be determined). Keep Hope alive this week.
Published on Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 2:49 PM EDT