Today, I attended the memorial service for a woman that was murdered (she was the sister of my dear friend). My friend's family has been faced with one of the most horrific trials in life. However, this is not the only trial they are facing or have faced. Their circumstances make one begin to question how they can possibly endure anything else. Nineteen months ago, my friend's husband was diagnosed with a very advanced form of cancer. He's endured a great deal of suffering as he fights this dreaded disease. Thirteen months ago, my friend's mother suffered a debilitating stroke. Eleven months ago, my friend's mother was ushered into the presence of her precious Heavenly Father. Seven months ago, my friend's husband's cancer was found to have spread. Two months ago, my friend's father suffered a fall breaking his hip. His recovery has not gone well as his health is severely compromised. Less than two months ago, my friend's sister was murdered at the hands of the sister's own husband. Now there are two children without a mother while their father sits in jail.
It is not for me to even begin to wonder about all that has happened to this family in the past 19 months. Words escape me as I sit with her, trying to bring about some comfort. The comfort that I do have to offer comes from a great unending source . . . a source that never runs dry. That I speak of is from our loving God who is just waiting to meet us in the midst of whatever we are facing. My friend is a wonderful follower of Christ, having given her life to Him many years ago. In these last months, however, her relationship with Him has seen a whole new level of His love and provision for her. As her tears flow, she'd be the first to tell you of His mercy, grace and immeasurable compassion. While I attempt to comfort her, I leave being the one comforted and reminded of all that I live for. If only you could meet this dear friend of mine! She is a treasure!
In leaving the service today, I have new words burned into my heart that will never leave. It was said during this time of honoring my friend's sister . . .
"we can't always trace the hand of God, but we can always trust the heart of God."
Perhaps this is the real truth of what we go through here on this earth as humans. So often, the trials we face seem insurmountable and cause question regarding the accompanying suffering. Of course, we want understanding of the "whys" . . . however, all understanding is not for us to have. What we are entitled, though, is to know that the heart of God is always for our us!
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