Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Somber, yet steadfast

3:11 p.m. Today's project was to attend Bible study with my friend from down the street. We arrived just as the joyous hubbub in the coffee and snack area of the church foyer had cleared and the study was beginning. That works fine for us; less temptation from baked goods! In regard to the temptation of delicious-smelling goodies, I remember a nightmare scene from "Young Sherlock Holmes," one of our family's favorite movies, where the cream puffs have faces and legs, jump out of the bakery case, and attack young Watson! So cindy and I escaped untempted.

Our lesson was a very serious one, where teacher Beth Moore spoke of her family's generational alcohol addiction , a very real and personal matter to our family. I took away from the video hope. I rest in the assurance that no matter what is in the family's closet, God will shine truth and hope on the evil, if even just one person decides to break the mold for their generation, tell the truth and stand for the truth. No person can save another, but each of us can let our light shine. Throw off that bushel basket! is the way I would espress it from Jesus' words in Luke 11:33-36(NLT):

No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who come into the house.

Your eye is the lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness. Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.

May I be light in a dark situation, steadfast in my faith, and may others stand up and join me!

Some somber news: my dear friend Monica was diagnosed with very incipient, stage one cancer. I spoke at length to her husband Jeff, because she was only sitting with family today, and he said that the doctors at Loma Linda do not want her to rush into a treatment choice, whether surgery first, then chemo, or vice versa. I'll be praying with her tomorrow. But the Lord is faithful, even in a time of intense fear: Monica and Jeff will get to attend the Harvest couples' Retreat coming up for free!!

Life is difficult, yet joy supercedes sorrow when we know the Lord! As the only Healer and Redeemer, God awaits our cry for help. I pray that His kids will remember to lift our arms and cry out, "Abba, Father," like a small child looks to be lifted up in the arms of their daddy. Our earthly fathers help, teach, train and provide; but our Heavenly Father is the only One who can truly "make it stop hurting," and "make it all right!"

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