Tuesday, September 1, 2009

grace and strength

I enjoy reading blogs. Sometimes I end up reading the blogs of complete strangers just by clicking on link to link to link...

That happened tonight. I eventually read of a young mother who died of cancer yesterday. Honestly, I couldn't read the whole thing. It made my heart hurt too much. I clicked it closed, praying as I did that God would give her friends and family the grace they would need for the days, weeks, months, and years ahead.

I started thinking about the weeks and months after my dad died when people would say, "How can you go on? How are you coping?" I didn't really know how I was...I just was. I heard somewhere along the way the notion that God gives us the grace and strength we will need for the stuff that will be in our path, so if the stuff is in someone else's path, we can't figure out how they are coping because God didn't give us the grace and strength for that stuff. That makes sense to me...it helps me when I can't figure out how kids will go on after their mom died of cancer yesterday.

It makes me wonder what grace and strength God is growing in my boys. What will be in their paths? Will they know great joys? deep pain? Will they realize that God has given them the grace and strength they need? I'm counting on it. I know He is faithful. I've seen what He can do. I believe He will carry on the work he has started in these three.


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4 comments:

Melissa Milbourn said...

ahhh...that was good.

simplyelizabeth said...

That was good - but then my sarcastic self kicks in. My thought was I can see God at work in my boys too and I hope He gives me the strength and grace it will take to let them live to adulthood. :)

JenniferLayne said...

haha!! Elizabeth, I wasn't sure who you were until I went to your blog and read your description...something about a 5 foot tall mom and a really tall dad or something...that was the clincher!!! :) You are so right...it may take more than grace and strength for all these boys!!!!

Madeline said...

I read other blogs too. Just because I'm a curious person. I follow one or two blogs because of this. I liked this because I've done that recently. I stumbled upon a blog that broke my heart. I left a comment with my email which I rarely do. I haven't gotten any response, and I don't need to. I just wish I knew some of those people. My mom told me to read your blog... so I'm here. :) You could read mine sometime if you'd like. http://www.tbirdstrain.blogspot.com