Today is designated as Memorial Day in America. I think it is important. This is a day to remember those lost to us especially those in the service to our country. I like to also consider it a day to pray for those currently serving to be strong and to be courageous.
”Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” (First Corinthians 16: 13)
It is often challenging to be courageous and strong. There is a key word in this verse… we need faith. When we stand firm in faith, then it is easier to be both courageous and strong. It is easier to have hope.
Faith is a gift from God. We may ask Him for the gift of faith to access courage, strength, and hope. He is a loving Father Who wants to provide good gifts to His children. May we always be grateful for His gifts.
”For true believers and followers of Jesus Christ there are amazing promises given to us. Jesus said, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes’ (Mark 9:23). Let’s believe!” (Rod Butterworth)
Please read past blogposts written for previous Memorial Days when you have time. In the meantime… remember and pray.
Today I am sharing about a real couple on an unanticipated and heartbreaking journey. This day marks one year since a man’s wife had a stroke. The husband recently shared, “She’s still here, and I thank God every day.” I understand and relate to their heartbreak.
I also recognize his love that is expressed in thanksgiving for the blessing of their remaining together in sickness or health. This love not only lasts but often deepens through life’s hardest times. I believe it results from real commitment, and it gives me hope.
Even facing severe medical challenges and uncertain outcomes, with strength and help from the One Who joins couples together “until death do us part,” a couple can continue sharing a beautiful relationship. My beloved and I are experiencing such a relationship, and recently I learned another couple is too.
God bless you both, Mary & Christopher. You are in our prayers. May you always know love and hope.
[Love] “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13: 7)
“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13: 13)