Wednesday, January 16, 2013

In Christ alone, my hope is found

My heart is heavy, sad, and sick for the recent loss of innocent life around me.  I know two separate families struggling with the loss of a child and the other dealing with a recent terminal diagnoses of their baby.  A third, delivering a stillborn after a heathly full term pregnancy. I'm unable to articulate the pain and heartbreak I'm feeling.  My thoughts are consummed with fear of what this broken sinful life holds for my own family. My tears are from a moms eyes ... Eyes that can't imagine a life without my children -without the constant hold you's, luwv you's, or fank you's.  A day without purpose, without hope, without joy. I realize my heart is captured by them, my little men.  I empathize with the grief these families must feel.  To wake knowing a bed is forever empty, a car seat in the rear view mirror missing, or a favorite toy abandon -makes me physically ill.  In times like this I'm reminded that I must rely on our Lord. I must trust that he knows what's best for my family and the path ahead is blessed with deliberate purpose and intense thought.  That life's test rarely weaken your faith but ultimately challenges it to grow. My prayer today is not one that dwells on the future hurdles we will encounter but the grace we will need in dealing with those troubles. 

Lord prepare my heart, mind, and body for whatever trials I may face. Help me to glorify your name in the difficult days but most importantly today!  Lord I trust your word, feel your love, and crave your presence in my life. Help these families as they brave the coming hours, days, and weeks. Work in their hearts -that they will find peace and joy once again.  Help those siblings, grandparents, friends and family to see your works through this pain and ultimately feel your love shinning down on them.  Thank you for the strength you give us daily and the opportunity to grow in spiritual maturity when tested.  Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice, your only son.  A sacrifice I didnt understand so completely until now. 

In Christ alone, my hope is found
He is my light my strength my song
The cornerstone The solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought or storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, When strivings cease
My comforter , my all in all
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save

Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied 
For evry sin on him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live 

There in the ground his body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then, bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave he rose Again

And as he stands in victory
Sins curse has lost its grip on me
For I am his and he is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ 

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the powr of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath 
Jesus commands my final destiny

No pow'r of hell no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from his hand
Til he returns or calls me home
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand. 

(wonderful song that has gotten Wes and I through so much)
Blessings -Ev

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