Wednesday, September 14, 2011

we are promised

sometimes when it rains
it just plain pours

today i am thinking of
and praying for
a special family
who are so dear to me.

i have been friends with one particular
member of the family for over 30 years-
i was always at her house growing up
and know her whole family very well.

this past spring she lost her sister very unexpectedly,
she was in her 50's.
the family was grieving over this sudden loss
when out of the blue my friend calls me,
she tells me about her niece...
a daughter of the deceased sister
who was just diagnosed with breast cancer
and she calls me because i have been
through a breast cancer diagnosis' twice now
and she is asking for help...
we talked, and talked and reconnected-

i told her i would be praying
for this sweet family who are still reeling from
a death of a sister and now a niece with breast cancer...
i reassured her i would contact the niece and
do what i could for her.

this same exact day, that we talk
my friend finds out
her elderly mother in hawaii,
passed away suddenly!

my poor little friend,
when it rains it pours-

my husband's side of the family
had something like this a few years ago
his brother died at the age of 49 from a heart attack
i was re-diagnosed with breast cancer and then
his dad died of a heart attack-
we were walking around numb!
just crazy, numb...

this is when i am
reminded that
i cannot do it alone.
when you are so broken
that all you can do is fall
on your knees...
when sometimes
words won't even come,
and all you can do is

this is when my faith
becomes my life raft.
when Jesus intercedes for me.
when i am wrapped in his
comfort and love.

i am praying today
for my friend and her
whole family-
that they would know
they too, are loved.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10

English Standard Version (ESV)

 8For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers,[a] of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God* who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope* that he will deliver us again.

*my emphasis



Thoughts for the day said...

Life is so hard to understand sometimes, I will pray with you for this family to be in peace in the midst of a strong storm.

gee said...

i will be keeping your friend in my thoughts. <3

Ellen Marie "Mama" Pike said...

Wow, I am so sorry friend is going through so much.

Sounds like you have been through a lot as well.

This past winter my husband and I had four surgeries between the two of us, I reached my year mark of being unemployed, my father died and on a happy, but hectic note, my baby son got married.

I, too, understand the value of faith in my life. Thanks for the inspiring reminders.

Shawn said...

I will keep your family in my prayers. Sometimes I wonder how God can put so much on ones' shoulders but then I have to remember that he has a plan for all of us. We need to have faith and surrender ourselves to his will, knowing he will never forsake us.

Love ya friend,

Tammy Doane said...

Life is hard sometimes.....but we get through it---one day at a time. So sorry for this family.

songbyrd said...

Oh, Melody, how awful! I am so glad you can be there in your friends life to offer comfort, prayers and support. You have my prayers too.

I don't know how those without the lifeline of Jesus make it through these darker times.

Thisisme. said...

This is just so sad, melody-mae. That poor family - I just can't imagine what they must be going through, although you do know my dear friend. Sometimes you hear of families like this, who have so much suffering to bear, and you just wonder how they can cope with it. I pray for your friend's niece and for all the family as they struggle through all this unhappiness.

Mongs said...

thanks for your heartfelt sharing! Your story touches my heart deeply, what you and your family went trough. You're a woman of strength and courage, I believe God uses you to touch lives. May the Lord continue to strengthen you and bless you !


Debbie Dillon said...

My goodness...that poor family. But what a blessing to have you and your friendship to help hold her up all these years. They're in my thoughts and prayers. Many blessings to you, Debbie

TexaGermaNadian said...

What a beautiful post. I will keep that family and you and your family in my thoughts too. You are never alone, and glad you know that ;)

Judy Haughton-James said...

This is so touching and with a powerful message. First I am happy that you have survived breast cancert twice. My thoughts and prayers are with your friend. Sometimes we go through so much but our Christian faith can certainly help us. My twin sister Janine died of stomach cancer shortly before our 47th birthday. I am a new Follower. Thanks for visiting my Blog.

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Oh how I know about "when it rains it pours". We have been in a torrential rain storm for the past 3 years, and are just now finally seeing the sun starting to peek through the cloud cover.

Praying for your friend and her family.