A prayer request hit my inbox again this past week with the nasty, six-letter “C” word in it. Cancer. ” Please pray for us. This season is so hard for my family. It’s the first year without both of my parents.”
She was caregiver for her mom who passed away this summer due to cancer.
Simple words of kindness and comfort, well, these seem like such a small offering in comparison with her pain.
“I’m so sorry. You’re in my prayers.” When you’re in pain, you just want to know that people care. Warm hugs and gentle words have been healing to my soul.
The year 2017 — a year of great suffering and loss for so many with floods, hurricanes, fires, and savage shootings — just the tip of the iceberg.
Really, isn’t every year a repeat of the story that began long ago of sin, suffering, pain, and death? Thankfully, Christ’s coming — God with us — shines brightly through the pages of history. Light out of darkness.
The years that we personally grapple with loss and suffering are the ones that sear our hearts and change our lives forever. Then we learn to go on living day by day.
I say this with love and tears of longing for my sis-in-love in heaven. She brightened our lives in such a special way.
God with us, our Immanuel, speaks words to us — the words we need to hear — of love, comfort, longing, joy, fear, sorrow, pain, repentance, forgiveness, trust, and praise for us to pray and sing back to Him in the Psalms.
Every book of His Word is important. Don’t get me wrong. But the Psalms are the heart-throb of communication between God and man.
There is never a season that we don’t need the Psalms. Never a day I breath, when a Psalm doesn’t meet my heart’s need.
This coming year I thought I would focus on prayers and comfort for caregivers from the Psalms, so near and dear to my heart. My hope and prayer is that this will be a well of encouragement to you also. Right now, I’ve got about 14 topics on the list. Just the beginning…
What topics for caregivers would you like to see addressed from the Psalms? Please let me know in the comment section below.
Many thanks for reading, praying, and sharing with me on this little tiny corner of a blog this year.