|A rainy day down town Seattle|
It's raining downtown-actually, it's been raining all week. This is Seattle.
The reality of Seattle: It rains here! At first glance, it could seem depressing, but this is Seattle so anything less than rain would make it so that we wouldn't have the beautiful green trees, wild ferns and rain forests as well as Orca whales, and playful seals winding though the many water ways here, year 'round.
This blog is about realities.
The realities as I know it for 2011 were cancer, heartache and uncertainty. People have asked me "how do you do it"? or made comments that we are so strong, but the reality of that is we have two choices, 1) grow up or 2) grow away. You just have to trust the Lord.
2012 is beginning with the reality that life is uncertain. My children will begin their new year flying out to Guam to attend the funeral of their grandmother, whom they love and will miss very much. What will life be like with out grandma? Terence will start the new year in the chemotherapy unit. What lies ahead for Terence and our family?
The truth of the matter is God is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end (Revelation 1:8).
We began 2011 with God and He's seen us through the end of the year. From beginning to end, our God has always been here!
What can change this one undeniable reality? We belong to the God- who is always here, who always cares for us. No matter what happens to us tomorrow, or the next day, or the one after that, our destiny lies with the God who stretches from beginning to end and who secures for us life that never ends.
Though our realities may be uncertain and unpleasant, the undeniable reality is that the Lord is always here, so what is there for us to fear?
Father God, thank you for the blessings of 2011.
Inspire my confidence about our future for us and fill me with joy because of your salvation.
And for tomorrow, and another new day and another new year, in 2012 we await with
anticipation and gladness for we know that we belong to you, and are always here and always
care for us. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.