Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Farewell, 2009

I'm ready for a new year. For our family, these past 12 months will unfortunately be remembered as a time of loss. To top it all off, last night we learned that hubby's sister has been diagnosed with MS. She is a pastor's wife (of a start-up church, no less) and they could really use our prayers right now. Those with MS also have a high risk of becoming depressed (an issue with pretty much any debilitating illness), and unfortunately many of the medications currently being used to treat MS further increase the risk. It's currently affecting one leg and her vision, and they're working to treat those symptoms, but she'll never be back to 100%. Please pray for wisdom for her and her husband as they decide which course of treatment to pursue as well as for the doctors, and that the entire family would find rest in our Lord.

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
For his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD...
For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.
For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men

Lamentations 3:21-26, 31-33

Some great thoughts - and a reminder that each and EVERY day is new - over at Praise & Coffee


Jeff and Meg said...

Trish, I'm so sorry to hear about your sis-in-law. Someone in Jeff's family has MS so unfortunately I've seen it firsthand. I'll be praying for her as she adjusts to all this.

jacki jones said...

I'm praying for your sil. That scripture is particularly comforting to me and is one of my favorites! I first learn it as a song. So I gladly sing it when I need encouragement.

In Pursuit of His Call said...

I'm sorry to hear about your sister in law. We will pray for her and all the affects MS will take, especially that the Lord will comfort her during this time so that she will still know the joy of salvation despite being prone to depression.