Sunday, March 17, 2013

Bread For the Journey

In the past several months we have walked through
tough times with several of our close friends.
My first inclination on hearing difficult news is to ask "Why Lord?"  
"Why does [this friend] have to go through this terrible situation?"  
"[These friends] have trusted you all along and yet still they face one hard thing after another. Why Lord?"  
"Why do [these friends] have to go through this loss, this crisis?"

At a friend's daughter's funeral recently the pastor reminded us that the question is 
not "Why?" but "Who?"  
"Who can we call on in times of trouble?" 
"Who loves us more than we can imagine?"
 "Who knows where we are right now and what we are feeling?"  
"Who is walking with us all along the way?"

The answer to all of these questions is "GOD!" 
He alone can be trusted, He alone is in control. 
Without Him there are no answers to the hard questions; 
no reasons for difficult times and worst of all, 
no hope.

In my devotions over the past few weeks, the theme of HOPE reappeared time and again.

Romans 15:4
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning that we through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures might have hope.(NIV)

Hebrew 6:19
We have this hope as an anchor of the soul, both firm and secure.(NIV)

Romans 15:13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.(NIV)

In difficult times we, as believers in God, have this hope through Christ's sacrifice and 
HOPE, as an anchor of the soul, is both sure and steadfast.(NKJV)


  1. I've not been here in some time - I love the new layout. Also... we, too, have been through tough times with deaths amongst our friends, and as always, we turn to God to give us peace. Answers are not as important as peace. I wish you guys happier moments!

  2. Thank you for this wonderful post this morning. I am currently going through difficult times with my elder parents and this is just what I needed. I look so forward to your "hope" posts.
    Always a faithful follower

  3. Amen! I just walked alongside a dear Christian friend for about 5 months as she cared for her mother with cancer. What a joy to share the pathway I had trod with my parents and encourage her that yes the Lord would sustain her, give her peace, and His Strength - I also had the priviledge of sustaining her and her family during this time with homemade soups, muffins and coffeecake many a time. So you see your blog reaches much farther than just the recipes themselves...Thank you.

  4. Thank You for the devotional for today.
    We all walk through crisis and difficulties either we just walked through one or are on the verge of one. That is the nature of this life on this earth. What we need to remember is that we are just journeying through, we are NOT HOME YET!!!

  5. Hope, joy, peace, grace, mercy, love....He gives in abundance to His children...always!
    Be encouraged...we walk along side you and lift up your arms in the journey...feel His presence and know His loving arms are hold you...He sings songs over you and carries you....
    Keep your eyes on Him alone....xxxx

    1. Thank you all for your encouraging words. I saw the following quotation on my aunt's fridge after they lost their adult son and it has stayed with me: "I want to have so much practice walking in the light that when the darkness comes, I will know my way around"

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