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February 13, 2007

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I feel with you, Chris. For what it's worth, you sound like a person who has dealt with a lot of experiences and feelings and the picture that comes to my mind is of a computer rebooting, checking whether all is there that should be there.

As a person who's had a metallic taste in his mouth for longer than he cares for, I can understand you wanting to leave this valley of the shadow of death. It's not a wholesome place for anybody. The prayers of friends and the presence of God is a beacon of light to help us out of our dark times. I expect you'll find them with you still, once you've found your way out.

You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope.
With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you.
Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

(Mt 5,3-4, The Message)

It's a paradox, isn't it?

Carlos,
thank you for the kind words and encouragement. You're certainly right about the prayers of friends and God's presence.

Blessings,

Chris

+simonas,

paradoxical, indeed. That's a great passage from The Message. Thank you!

Blessings,

Chris

Chris,

As I am listening to your heart and feeling your sorrow, the Lord has laid this scripture on my heart to give to you:

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don't know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Romans 8:26-28

Take your time through this season and soak in all the goodness that the Lord has for you. Remember, He is the Lifter of our heads!

Blessings,

Michelle

Michelle,

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement, and for reminding me of the Romans passage (very powerful).

Blessings!

Chris

Chris, as I buried my Father just this Sunday, I think I know how you feel. That blessing from the Beatitudes keeps popping into my head: "Blessed are those who mourn. They will be comforted." Blessed now?! Perhaps of all the reasons that you counted? I dunno..

In difficult times, especially times of grief, I cling to Romans 8:18; the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing to the glory that is to be revealed in us. Chris (and simonas) I hope you can find as much comfort in that word as I do.

In my experience, even in the valley of the shadow of death there is still Light. Without the light there would be no shadows; only darkness. Even in grief there is grace.

+simonas -- thank you for the encouragement. You're in my prayers during your time of loss. God bless you!

Brother Theophilus -- Rom. 8:18 revitalizes my hope. Thank you!

Rhonda -- "even in grief there is grace"... well put, and thanks be to God that is it true.

Blessings,

Chris

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