I asked God to be with my good friend Jill as she says goodbye-for-now, today, to her father.
for Teryn who has battled illness for the past year.
for my friend Amanda and her daughter Meg who is serving God across the seas.
for my friend Ben and his sister Stephanie, who is grappling with a diagnosis.
for my brother-in-law Dave and for Bob and his family.
for my friends Rachel and James and their baby son.
for Junias, and Anna, and Melissa.
for so many of you who have shared with me your fears and worries and struggles and concerns.
I prayed and asked God for His healing and comfort -
for His peace and joy -
to do what only He can do.
And then the sun came out,
it peeked over the clouds,
and it changed everything.
God can do that.
We serve an amazing, awe-inspiring God who can do anything.
He holds all of this - all of our cares, worries, sicknesses, fears, concerns, all of it, in the palm of His hands. Nothing is impossible for Him.
As I walked back home holding the most perfect tiny shell in my hand,
a contrast to the magnificence of the sunrise and the vastness of the ocean.
I was thinking of how God cares for us, despite His grandeur,
and the words of an old hymn came to my mind.
"All your anxieties, all your cares,
Come to the mercy seat, leave them there.
Never a burden, He cannot bear.
Never a friend, like Jesus."