Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Letter 2014

“God is graches and helpful even when it is hard.”
Those were the words written in little girl handwriting on the "pink" board in the girls room one night when I went to tuck them in. I stopped and read it over and over.
So simple, so profound.
This past September we came across the hard with my cancer diagnosis. As we worked through the pain and uncertainty and fear that seems inherent with such news there was nothing to do BUT lean into God's grace.
I say that and it sounds like its a done deal, like we’ve dealt with the uncertainty and have moved on, when in reality its a choice we make each day to take another step forward, to trust in God’s goodness one more day.
And in the trusting in God’s goodness even though we don’t have answers to the “whys” we have found out that HE is enough.  Even when it is hard, His grace is enough.
What is the hard you are facing this Christmas season? It may not be cancer, but maybe you are struggling in your marraige.  Perhaps you are dealing with an addiction, or grappling with the loss of a loved one.  Maybe there are some things in your past that you have not dealt with and those issues continue to crop up.  Maybe your future is uncertain, or you are losing hope of things ever improving.  Maybe you’ve lost your purpose. Maybe peace is illusive.  We all have things we struggle with in this imperfect world.
With a diagnosis of cancer, we came to the end of ourselves, and had to face our weakness and helplessness….our humanness. And, knowing that everything that happens to us has been filtered through God’s loving hands first, we could only choose to trust Him.
As you go through your own personal pain and struggles, remember the raw words of Amanda, who now knows the hard first hand:
“God is graches and helpful, even when it is hard.”
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.  2 Corinthians 12:9

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1 comment:

The Bug said...

Love this... God is graches indeed!