2 Corinthians 1:20-22
Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit, he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete. (The Message)
Natalie Sleeth wrote a beautiful song, Hymn of Promise.
"In the bulb, there is a flower, in the seed an apple tree, in cocoons, a hidden promise, butterflies will soon be free. In the cold and snow of winter, there’s a spring that waits to be. Unrevealed until its season. Something God alone can see.
There's a song in every silence. Seeking word and melody. There's a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future, what it holds, a mystery. Unrevealed until its season, Something God alone can see.
In our end is our beginning, in our time, infinity in our doubt, there is believing, In our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection. At the last, a victory, Unrevealed until its season. Something God alone can see."
It has been a rough month and honestly I have been thinking about what to write. As God always does, He gives me little reminders that He is still in control no matter what. How? This song has been coming to me in the middle of the night, for three nights in a row. With the death of our cousin, Scott Heidemann, flying to Iowa, and now his dad, Uncle Eldon, fighting for his life, it has been quite a month. His children are bearing more than they can take, and Uncle Eldon means a lot to us. I have had back-to-back courses, assignments due and still more due. I have to be honest, I am overwhelmed and tired.
Ron and I have lost good friends and another cousin this past week, as well as doing two funerals for precious people that impacted my life and who I will miss very much. I have projects that need to be done, and life in general has been a little stressful. We all weather storms in our life and yes, sadly, we have lost others along the way. This makes it even more important for us to honor them and stay strong, stay focused, stay safe, and know that tomorrow holds new hope. We have new opportunities, new ways to be people of faith, new ways to do church, and yes, even new ways to appreciate not only what we once had but to look forward to faith-filled experiences and opportunities we did not expect. How can we remain certain? Because, as always, God is with us. God holds the promise that it will be alright. And its something that God alone can do. I know that God’s love is the air we breathe, the ground we walk on and the food that we eat. Putting His "Yes" in all of us. I love you all!
Blessings and Love!