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Riding and Reading, Playing and Praying

Monday, August 03, 2020

The last 18 months have been brutal for our family - 8 deaths of family and friends close to us (unrelated cases), intense issues with some of our extended family, two car wrecks and two other cars lost to mechanical issues, other tragedies I'd rather not mention here, and then of course COVID and the racial and political strife engulfing our country and world. Because of all we've faced in this season of life, my employer granted me 3 weeks of leave in addition to my 3 weeks of vacation so I've spent the last 6 weeks trying to get a breath and find some healing. Unfortunately, the storms in our lives are still raging and so these weeks have been hard and not very restful, physically or emotionally.

Still I'm grateful for the time away from work, and I'm grateful that over the last three days I've had the freedom to ride my bike, read my Bible and a book, and process a whole bunch of things with the Lord. Today I have to return to work and while I don't feel ready, I trust that God will give me all I need to do what I must do and grow through this most difficult season of life. A few days ago, these verses from Isaiah really grabbed my heart and helped me to hope in God - not in circumstances, not in freedom from difficulty and pain, but in God himself.

"Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction...The LORD will save me, and we will play my music on stringed instruments all the days of our lives, at the house of the LORD" (Isaiah 38:17, 20).

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  • JIBBIE49
    My nephew's 35 yo son died in a senseless drunk driving accident in March the day after Trump announced the Pandemic and all his friends wondered if bars would close so they all went to this favorite one out in the country and he got really drunk, and at midnight the barkeep asked him to leave and he got upset. Instead of sleeping in the parking lot he drove down a back oil road to stay away from the main highway, and he ran off the road, hit a culvert and no one came by until 7 am and he'd been pinned in the van and was dead. Our nephew, who stayed with us during the week from birth to 2nd grade while our sister worked, was so upset that he cried everyday for a month and didn't sleep or eat much and he died from a heart attack. He was 65. We felt sorry for his wife and DD. Just so sad all the way around.

    So we are still upset, thus I understand your upset over 8. As my Dad would say "Things can go to Caca without anyone trying."
    298 days ago
    So sorry, I have my aunt and my young nephew die last year and then covid. We thought this year was going to be so great compared to last year but nope. You are not alone and I know we’re not either. It stinks for sure!
    325 days ago
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