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Seasons & Matter

For everything there is a SEASON, and a time for every MATTER under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

August has seemed to have come and gone without taking us along with her. Our world was paused on August 3rd 2013 with the sudden and tragic death of an immediate family member. We’ve trekked through some of the most hellish days we’ve ever experienced. We’ve been forever wounded. rearviewmirror Yet, in the midst of such titanic grief, we are gloriously being healed by the Father of love. One thing’s for sure, the scar will be massive. And like all scars, this one will eventually become a story. But for today, we continue to search for the healing and rest that we know to be found in the One whose scars come with more than a story.

There have been days where the words of Job seem like they’re being read for the very first time:

‘Though he slay me, I will hope in him;
yet I will argue my ways to his face.’

And in come the words of my King,
‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.’

So what other response is there?

Jesus, our hope is found in you. You’re stuck with us! “…to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

So to hell with you August! We’re moving on, scars and all!

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