By Debra Whittington: Notes from the Church Lady
This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. Psalms 119:50
“And, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world”. I’m glad you are here with me Lord; I can’t make it without you. It hurts so much Lord. “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) Lord, I am trying to be still and I thank you that you are my God, but it hurts so much Lord. Why does everything have to happen at once? First, it was Mark’s dad. He went to the doctor in Amarillo and then had to have surgery the next day.
Thank you Lord that he is doing better now. “Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works”. (1 Chronicles 16:8-9)
Everything was looking up Lord, but then on Saturday I held my precious little dog, Sabrina in my arms and watched as she took her last breath. It hurt so bad as we had that precious angel for over 16 years and she was like a child to us. That was my first encounter with the moment of death and it was a blessing to know she didn’t suffer, but passed on peacefully. How I thank You, Lord, for sending my friend on Saturday. She didn’t know why you told her to come see me, but she listened to your prompting and was there to give comfort when Sabrina passed away. “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ”. (Galatians 6:2) During our crisis it was a blessing to have someone help bear our burden.
Yes, Lord, we are so blessed to have special friends; especially those who stick by close and are there in times of crisis. “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother”. (Proverbs18: 24) Both Saturday evening and Sunday you sent special friends to us to comfort us in our time of loss. How wonderful it was as we were talking that suddenly someone would say something funny and we all broke out in laughter. “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:4) How healing that laughter was to all our souls.
A new day, a new week arrived and everything was starting to look up. Mark’s dad was feeling better. Even though my heart still ached, I knew little Sabrina wasn’t suffering and I was able to remember the good times we shared with her. Then the phone rang.
It was Mother telling us that Grandma suffered a severe stroke and to prepare ourselves. Now as I write this, Grandma is between two worlds and we have no way of knowing what will happen next. I called and talked to Grandma on the phone and even though she couldn’t talk, she knew who I was and tried to respond. I told her how much I love her and was able to keep from crying until I hung up the phone.
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever”. (Psalms 23)
How the word of the Lord has been a comfort to me in these past days. I don’t know what the next few days or even minutes hold in store, but I know who is with me to see me through. I write this not to call attention to myself, but to give God the glory that despite whatever the world may throw at us, with the Lord’s help we will see it through. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:13, 19)
I am counting on His promises and know He will see me through this time. When life gets you down, hang on to the Lord and his word, he is with you always.