I wonder if it's because I have missed church a lot in the past couple of months, that makes me appreciate being able to attend more? Probably so. Today was even more special ,because my son Lee spoke. The topic that he spoke on was ADVERSITY, I am sure living in this family gave him all the information he needed on that subject! :)
He did a really good job and a couple of the scriptures that he read, were a perfect reminder to me of why adversity happens. It was sweet to hear how he handled the cancer this time. Lee is our quiet one and so many times he doesn't share his feelings. He did an amazing job of telling the truth about how he felt, what he thought and how he eventually came to peace with it. At the end, he said he was grateful to see that our family is staying strong and fighting this together. Adversity...many times is a great teacher.
Also a couple of the hymns that were sung today touched my heart deeper than normal, no wonder I am so tender hearted right now. I wrote down the words because I realize that I need to read them more often, when times get tough (which is daily ). Here is the first song...
Where can I turn for Peace? Words by Emma Lou Thayne Music by Joleen G. Meredith
Where can I turn for peace? Where is my solace, when other sources cease to make me whole? When with a wounded heart, anger or malice, I draw myself apart, searching my soul?
Where when my aching grows, where, when I languish. Where in my need to know, where can I run? Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish? Who, who can understand? He, only one.
He answers privately, reaches my reaching. In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend. Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching. Constant he is and kind, love without end.
The next song was one that my mom used to sing to us often, too often it seemed! :) But now, what I wouldn't give to be able to call her and have her sing it to me!
Count your Blessings Words by Johnson Oatman Jr and music by Edwin O. Excell
When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost, count your many blessings; name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear? Count you many blessings; every doubt will fly, and you will be singing as the days go by.
So amid the conflict, whether great or small. Do not be discouraged; God is over all. Count your many blessing angels will attend. Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.
I hope that maybe the words to these songs will give you some hope and courage as they did me!
Have a good evening!