04 January 2012

Comforting Words to Share

Several friends recently shared words of comfort and peace with me.   These words came shortly after Bennett's pre-Christmas emergency surgery, to which I found them to be very relevant to the rhythm of my own heart.   I thought I would share them here.  Sometimes, sharing words with others is really just sharing it again with myself (which is why I bolded the parts that most stuck out to me):

From Matt, our friend who is also a hospital chaplain: 
"As best as you can, be fully present in each moment and task before moving on to the next or most pressing one. Keep taking everything one piece at a time. I hope strongly alongside of you that God will be revealing a broader understanding of Christmas for you and your families. From the midst of struggles with pain, or the consistency of frustration, we can easily and understandably lose our perspective Breck.  I pray that you continue to fight to see the greater reality of a God who has not abandoned us in the midst of our broken world's realities, but rather a God who actually hurts with us in the midst of their occurring. I'm well aware that words can feel like weak symbols of how you truly feel or of what we want to express to you at times like these. With that said, I want you all to know that you are loved, and that you are not alone in your grief spiritually or communally, even though it can be isolating. I want to prayerfully leave you with one of my favorite blessings, and words that seem especially fitting for where you find yourselves right now:

"I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:16-19

Amen (which I need to be reminded sometimes means 'may it be so' or 'so be it').  So, remembering that at this moment and in this season: Amen to all of you Breck. Amen.

From Julie, a long time mentor and sweet friend:
A link to the post which offers these words,
"So, as I begin a new year...a very busy time for our family, I resolve to deal with my soul-clutter, so that I may have strength to face each day in peace. I come to the place where I know I will find the help that I need. I come to my Father and ask Him to help me, His child, to show me how to make get rid of the junk that is unnecessary, and to help me clean out and organize my soul.  He speaks to me gently:"

“In quietness and rest shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

From Lydia, another CF mom:
My heart aches that you all had to go through this during the holidays, but I know Jesus has been with you every step of the way. I know it goes, how if feels like CF isn't really at your front door, and you get adjusted to it all, and then something 'traumatic" happens at the unexpected times.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.  Colossians 1:9-13

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