Maybe it's just the age I am now but I am aware of a number of serious life issues and challenges among friends and family. You probably also know of folks in great need and may be dealing with such issues yourself. Just in my small circle of friends I know of a couple who have recently lost an adult child, a few friends battling cancer for their lives, young grandparents anticipating the birth of a new grandchild with very serious health problems, a relative dealing with the consequences of drug abuse and another relative who was involved in an auto accident with a loss of life. These are overwhelming experiences that could crush the frame of anyone. I realize that life can be inexpressibly hard and we need the comfort, presence and touch of the Lord and of his people, moving in sensitivity and love. A brief visit to the pond this morning encouraged me because it was just as it always is.....very calm and very calming. I saw a heron glide past, disturbed from his spot by the sound of my approaching truck and I was struck by its grace and the beauty of God's creation. I am reminded that life is difficult, and at times crushingly hard. But there is peace to be found in the midst of the storm and there is One who knows what we are going through and who will hold us and carry us and receive us, in our brokenness.
There is that place of quiet rest...found in the person of Jesus, who knows what it means to suffer and to trust.
Here is an exerpt from Hebrews, chapter 2, verses 14-18 "Because God's children are human beings-made of flesh and blood-the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death....Therefore it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God...Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested."