Dec 18 2012

Hope is on the Horizon

 

The heartache, the questions, the fear that’s all over the news.  We could just turn it off.  Lots of the families have done that.  I get it.  I can’t.  I wish I could.  But, I need to be able to be here to provide comfort.

I don’t want to be blind with what is going, I just want to be hopeful in spite of it.  I’m so thankful today that I’m on a Christian radio station that can bring you hope and not dwell on the despair.  That’s my promise to you today.

There is hope.  There is Peace.

Saw this little note in the margin of my bible today;  I had written “Depression” then drew an arrow and wrote “focus on Philippians 4:7-8”

Perfect that’s what we all need right now.  So In spite of what you see and hear today, think on these things.

"And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

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Dec 17 2012

Finding meaning during suffering.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still in the grief phase from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday.  At the same time, I know it’s important not to stay there, somehow we have to move forward.

There’s this book that my therapist recommended to me after a time of loss in my life.  It's called "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl.

It’s a psychologist's observation on why certain people were able to survive the concentration camps during the Holocaust.  He realized the people that survived such tragedy had one thing in common.  They had something (someone) to live for.  There was something in their life that gave them meaning.

He shares this quote:  "He who has why to live can bear almost any how." - Friedrich Nietzsche

That meaning  or "why" is different for everyone.   I don’t know about you, but as I looked at my life differently this weekend.  Instead of focused on what's missing, I am focused on what I have.

My meaning, my "why" are my 3 children.

God, help those parents move forward and find their "why"...

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