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Tuesday, May 28, 2024 (Aminta)

Posted on by Josh Heppner 0 comments
Life is fragile.

I was reminded of this truth last Tuesday morning. My world came to a screeching halt when my oldest son called from work to share about a tragedy that had just happened.

My son was ok physically, but the rest of the week was spent at the hospital, praying and praying for a miracle for one of his friends. On Saturday, that friend went to be with Jesus. Our hearts are so broken for the family and my son is wrestling with some of life’s toughest questions:

Why did God allow this to happen?
Why didn’t he answer our prayers in the way we wanted?
Why can’t he feel God’s presence in the midst of his pain?

Life is fragile.

In an instant, so much of what I had been worrying about and rushing to do last Tuesday morning became unimportant as I sat and helped my 19-year-old process the fragility of life and the goodness of God. It no longer mattered that my house wasn’t clean or the lawn wasn’t mowed or there were hardly any groceries in the cupboard.

Tragedy has a way of clearing out the stuff that doesn’t matter, doesn’t it? It cleans out the junk, so to speak and reminds of us what is really important: loving God and loving people.

Psalm 39:4-5 tells us:
“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered- how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath."

1 John 4:7-12 says:
“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.
This is real love-not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”

Our days are short and our mission is clear: let our lives be marked by love. May the love we receive from the Father pour out of our hearts and into those around us. That’s the most important thing.

The cry of my heart this week is this: “O Lord, help me keep that truth in focus, even when life is busy and full! Give me eternal vision, that I might spend my time on what really matters and not get caught up in things that don’t.“

I know our tragedy was not the only one that happened last week. My heart hurts for other families that I know are walking through the same kind of pain. I am standing with them, praying for miracles and believing in the goodness of God.

Can I invite you today to pray this prayer with me:

Heavenly Father,
You alone know the days we have on earth. You are the creator and you hold time in your hands. Teach us to number our days, that we may live according to your Word and be marked by your love. Life is fragile, and we want to be able to see and do the work that really matters. Show us who to love and how to love today; give us eyes that can see others and ears that can hear them. Help us to be your hands and feet.

Love you friends! So thankful for this community of awesome ladies and here for you whenever you need it. We are better together.



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