25 Oct

The days this week have been so gorgeous. Is it really October? The sun and its beauty has an effect on many of us. People are generally more alive when the sun beams and shines brightly. Yet for some reason this week I have been reminded again that there is pain and sadness all around us. It’s part of this world whether the sun shines or not. There is a need in this place for prayer seeking peace and joy that is beyond us. This week I have heard and been made aware of people’s pain around me. People I love and care for, and strangers that now come to mind when I pray.

After a fun night at the park with our three girls we stopped for some fro-yo (the new term for frozen yogurt). We were there with another family with 2 boys. The mother commented on our 3 girls. Her oldest son followed that comment with, “there used to be three of us, one died.” Painful! A friend of mine expecting her first baby texted, “went for ultrasound, I had a miscarriage.” Our church family prays over a new baby girl, Elleanna, who was born yesterday with serious birth defects, we are praying for healing and a miracle. My brother and his wife continue to learn why they struggle with infertility. Life is hard, yet it’s not how God intended it.

My friend John awaits the start of his transplant, but can’t seem to fight off an infection. When locked in a hospital it’s hard to see the light. Another friend battles leukemia as an out patient, because the big stuff just didn’t work. I am sure she wonders why all the suffering of intense chemo and still the leukemia wins. My friend Beth passed away 2 months ago, and her husband and daughters celebrate birthdays and homecomings without her, they miss her. You can’t miss the hurt and sorrow all around. But He offers joy in the midst of these. His word tells us of His promises. As we experience the sadness of the lives around us there seems to be nothing to offer. But we can offer His truth. These all seem too big for us and often the ways of God and what He allows seem impossible for us to understand. But no one and nothing is outside the sovereign grip of God. And for those who are His, nothing at all can separate us from the love of God. This promise is to be carried and it is true.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39 ESV)

4 Responses to “Pain”

  1. Aunt Sue October 25, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    thank you for your sensitive heart Allie. Pain IS all around but as you shine for Him, be that example of how we can survive even through the pain. I have been praying for baby Elianna too. So hard to understand the ‘whys’ of pain and suffering. But we press on, we continue to pray knowing that we may never know the answers. But we trust…….

  2. Cori Hoover Six October 25, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Allie- I noticed you mentioned your family that struggles with infertility. My husband and I went through two years of infertility treatments before having our baby via IVF. It was such a trying time. If there is anything I can do for your family members, please let me know. It really did help me to talk to others in the same situation, as know one else can truly understand until they’ve been there. I hope your family members have others in the same boat that they can talk with but if not, and if they’re looking for others to chat with, I would love to. In any event, I will be praying for them and for peace in that journey. I’m also praying for you and the others in pain you have mentioned. Cori

  3. Lillian Stoller October 25, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Allie, each day when I read your blog, I am touched by your faith. You really inspire me and many others. I am much older than you and each day I pray for God’s guidance in my life and in the life of my family. I have 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren and feel very blessed. You know Renee Pignotti is one of my grandchildren. I pray for you each day that God will continue to keep you in His care.
    Love In Christ, Lillian Stoller

  4. Kendall October 28, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    Thanks for writing this. Made me cry (of course!). I am so thankful that some of your pain is over. Will visit John next time I work :-)

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