Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thankful for His Extended Mercies

God never promised us an easy life, a happy life, or protection from suffering. He does promise to guard our soul and hold it for all eternity. He says he'll never leave us. (Heb. 13:5) He also says we'll face trials (John 16:33), but it's a constant reminder that we were made for something better--a place of perfect peace, rest, and completion. Our pure and spotless Savior will be our light, our hope, and will take away every tear. (Rev. 21:4)
But for now....

He holds our tears (he knows the exact number) and holds our hands as we walk through the darkness of this world. He is the lifter of our heads.

He doesn't have to--He's certainly given everything to us already for his grace is sufficient--but He continues to grant us grace upon grace as we face the difficult.

Yesterday, God granted my family more mercy as Dad was wheeled into surgery. Dad lost his bladder, his prostate, and some lymph nodes, but God saved his life, gave him a highly-skilled surgeon, and allowed Dad to have cancer in areas that one can do without. The surgery took seven hours, but was free of complications. The tumor hadn't spread through Dad's bladder yet and the lymph node test came back clear.

Dad will have to adjust to a different life, but one that is relatively normal. We are so thankful for God's protective hand of mercy. And thank you to all of you who took Dad to God's throne. We are surrounded by many dear brothers and sisters.

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