I've been in church literally all my life, and today I saw something that I have never seen before.
A woman in our church recently lost her 36-year-old daughter. She had been ill for a very long time, but this mom was caring for her daughter at home. Anyway, while you usually read a "thank you" note from a grieving family in the church newsletter, today, this woman and her extended family members came before the church to read their "thank you" letter publicly, acknowledging the church's support during the daughter's many months of illness and subsequent death two weeks ago. To me, seeing that strong woman standing there, with her family around her...well, it was a picture of courage.
It gave me a lot to think about. Facing the challenges in life requires courage. There is only one place where real courage can be found, and that is at the foot of the cross. Oh, I want to be more like Jesus! And I see Him in such a real way in this precious woman at my church. I know she is holding on to Him for dear life, and I know that He is meeting her here, at her point of great need. To me, she is a lot like the character Naomi in the Old Testament. She does not understand what is going on or why things have happened the way they have, but she still loves, believes, trusts, and worships God. And that is where she finds this incredible courage.
Lots of tears at church today. And tears are a good thing!