"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion & the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) A daily devotional especially intended to offer compassion to other challenged parents of kids with special needs. Visit our home page at www.snappin.org!
“Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the
ground to worship. He said, ‘I came
naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has
taken it away. Praise the name of the
Lord!’” Job 1: 20,21 NLT
It was 5 years ago.
Sometimes the time goes by quickly and at other times it seems to drag
on. I know that from time to time I go
back to that day that changed my life forever. You relive it and think about the days before leading
up to that fateful day. You think about the days after too and how you reacted
to people you came in contact with. It
changes you in ways that you never imagined.
You get new perspectives on life, faith, and so much more. You can empathize with a whole new group of
people. For some of us there are several
5 years ago experiences in our life that we can say changed us dramatically
from that day forward.
Some of those 5 years ago experiences are good things like
your wedding day, baptisms, and other joyous occasions. They change you from that day forward
too. But what about those bad
experiences that come our way especially when you are a special needs family?
For you it may be the day you heard that diagnosis for your
child that you didn’t want to hear.
Or you heard that the cancer returned for your child.
Maybe you just got the news that she will never be able to
walk again and the mourning starts all over for all that she will miss in life.
You may have found out that the last possible medication to
help your son isn’t working and on top of that you just got the news that your
spouse lost his job.
I heard the news 5 years ago today that our oldest son had
just passed away after a long battle with mental illness. His prognosis hadn’t been good because he had
been ill for a long time and was resisting most forms of treatment quite
often. It was not the first life
changing experience revolving around David, but it was definitely one of the
more profound ones. There have been
other 5 years ago experiences in my life too both good and bad, but I don’t
have time to tell them all to you now.
I never would have thought I’d be planning my son’s funeral
some 28 years earlier when he came into the world, much less planning on such a
mix of people attending it. Some of his
friends included people that had felony records while others were dear family
friends. He was friends with people that
most people consider the untouchables.
We prayed as to how to be sensitive to all that came to pay their
respects and grieve his loss.
types of events that really shape us and can really transform us. Sometimes we may run away from God instead of
running to him when these things happen.
Sometimes we gain new perspectives that far outweigh the pain we are
going through. No matter what we always
have a choice and often the choice we make can set the course for more
heartache or healing and trusting God in all circumstances. Praising Him in all circumstances really
helps us trust God in all circumstances.
Even when we don’t understand the why, we can always trust in God. He promises us that.
Words cannot describe how trusting God with even the death of a child and praising Him in all circumstances has brought us even closer to God. He promises us so much, but often it's hard to see the glorious end when we are in the middle of heartache. Even when everything is falling apart around us, He is still there.
This is my prayer for me and you: Lord, help me
to Praise you at all times and in all circumstances. Help me to trust in your word when it tells
me that you will never leave me. Lastly,
help me when my faith is weak.
Ann Gapinski To read Ann's other post click on her name under the label's section.
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