My Mom battles cancer - over and over.
A Mommy loses a baby she hasn't even met.
A wife loses her husband and children lose their Daddy - way, way too soon.
Sadness presses in. It hangs like a cloud over all the activities, the laughter, the conversations. It threatens to bring discouragement and depression.
I woke early this morning, and despite the sadness, the birds are chirping. The sun is peeking through the clouded sky. The flowers stretch heavenward, soaking in the dawning warmth.
How do we cope, Lord? How do we counter the sadness? How do we raise our heads out of this nightmare?
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7