A Reminder For Those Who Sorrow@ Thanksgiving

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For: The Sisterhood of Widowhood or anyone else who has sorrow of any sort.

No matter how far out we are from our big life change, one thing remains constant.

It is our identity, that is, who we really are. We are Daughters of the King. “Child of God” is our true identity.

Thanksgiving and other “special” events will always evoke memories of what once was. We can rejoice in the happy ones and choose to forgive and be healed from the others.

So however we find our heart today….and that very well may flip-flop all season long…. let’s remember who we really are. We ARE daughters of the King and precious children of the Living God.

God’s love surely does not flip or flop. So today afresh we choose JOY!
No matter what.

To Ponder:
Nehemiah 8:10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

This is an interesting verse. It happens in the story of the rebuilding of the Wall. The people are celebrating and listening to the Word of Moses after a time of famine (from the Word) and sorrow. They have returned to the love of the Lord in a sense. I think we, especially the new widows among us, can be set free to enjoy the “feast” we are celebrating, that of Thanksgiving and then next month Christmas.

Thanksgiving was originally instituted as a day to give thanks to God for all the good things He has given. The Pilgrims met and feasted to give thanks to God for bringing them through a very difficult year. That year included deaths of many loved ones and many other hardships as well.

They were in a “new land” with a “new life” and it had not been easy.
But they were alive and choosing LIFE and GRATITUDE to God.

When we became widows, our lives changed. We in a very real sense entered a new land and a new life too. It is not easy. But as Nehemiah reminds us, the JOY we find in the LORD is our strength.

Another verse I love is..Isaiah 46:4
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
That would be me and maybe you too. God has promised to sustain us. He created us and he will carry, rescue and sustain us even as we age.

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As We Age (SMILE)

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One of the poignant things about aging is realizing those heart longings for what was and/or what never may be.

Perhaps it begins at birth, with a longing for the weightlessness  and provision of the womb.
That I don’t know.
The next could be finding out Santa isn’t real. What a shock that is.
Or perhaps it occurs when a little child enters school and no longer drifts through each day in a sort of seamless timelessness.
I don’t know.

This year it becomes so very real to me once again that people are only for a season.
Looking back through the years to remember those who once lived here on earth with us and were a part of our lives.
Remembering traditions that once were and no longer exist because seasons have changed.
So many people out there feeling alone during the time that begins with Thanksgiving and ends after the New Year.

There is a verse I love. Isaiah 46:4:
even to your old age I am he,
and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save.

One thing is sure for those of us who belong to Jesus.
We know the One who knit us in the womb.
Who created us because He desires us and had good plans for us.
The One who will never forsake us.
And the One who will greet us with open arms when our time on earth is done.

Cherish those you love. They may no longer be part of your life one day. We never know if “this moment” will be our (or their) last moment.

It could be as simple the last sticky little boy hug calling you Daddy before he grows up and Daddy becomes Dad. Or the last snuggle in the couch before he becomes too old.
Or as complex as death or a graduation or a cross country move.

God is always and forever “I AM” and Emmanuel.

Psalm 139:13& 16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
John 14:2-3 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.