Thursday, August 03, 2006

These are the Days

These are the days:

- of therapy and recovery
- of quiet boredom
- of legal questions and concerns
- of thoughts and questions about the future
- of wondering how long
- of laughter mixed with pain
- of hope colored by dread
- of medical insight and physical questions
- of restless sleep followed by hours to pass
- of stacks of vidoes and finished puzzles
- of long days in, punctuated by brief moments out
- these are the days between aftermath and a return to normality

But these are the days that we have been given. They haven't simply fallen on us, the product of meaningless chance. These are the days we have been given. They are ours for a purpose. They have been given for a reason. We are here because we were meant to be here. We have been given these days for good. This moment is soil in which something will be planted. If in this moment the seeds of anger are planted, bitterness will grow. If in this moment faith is planted, hope will grow. These are the days that we have been given, not only so that we would learn how to wait, but so that we would plant new seeds, invest in new things, and make fresh starts. But when you have been injured so severely it is tempting to let survival overwhelm investment and questions overwhelm fresh starts.

These are the days we have been given, but they are not meant to be an end in themselves. These days are a portal to new insight, new commitments, and new action. Pray that we would not only say these are the days of questions, waiting, and boredom, but we would also say that these days of pain are also days of opportunity and potential. Pray that we would act as if these days have not been given as an end of soemthing, but rather as a beginning of something better.


Blogger Thor Knutstad said...

A Prayer for The Tripp Family From Thor - Father, I am haunted by Paul's words from the past - that are indeed the experience of this family now. The Tripps live in Job's house, dear Lord. (Nicole - your dad can explain). I have never liked Job's house either. Father, the Tripps are experiencing Your "uncomfortable grace of now." Father, may Your sovereign Hand become a lighter touch in the heaviness of waiting, and waiting, and waiting - in the midst of difficult decisions. May each one know your inexplicable love - and a comfort that goes beyond human words, cards, flowers, gifts, entertainment, and visits. This (yes, even this) is about Jesus - and may You, Loving Crucified and Resurrected Lord, be a real rock for Paul, Luella, Nicole, and the entire Tripp family. May You expand this family's already expansive ministry - and may You heal with gentle touches that are often unseen with eyes and unheard with ears - heart touches that affect eternity. Stroke these hearts of my dear brothers and sisters...Put a thick concrete wall of spiritual, angelic protection around the minds and the hearts of this dear family - for the sake of Your unfolding, sovereign plan - and for the sake of those who will be comforted later because of all this. May the courage of being encouraged strengthen hearts and minds - according to what You are doing when we don't even know or understand what exactly You are doing. And may this prayer come only from Your Spirit - and not from the man. TK

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Blogger Gloria said...

"The man of character finds an especial attractiveness in difficulty since it is only
by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities." - Charles de Gaulle

"Don't spend your precious time asking 'Why isn't the world a better place?' It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is 'How can I make it better?' To that there is an answer. " - Leo F. Buscaglia

"It is the Law that any difficulties that can come to you at any time,
no matter what they are, must be exactly what you need most at the moment,
to enable you to take the next step forward by overcoming them.
The only real misfortune, the only real tragedy, comes when we suffer without learning the lesson."
-- Emmet Fox

Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers;
it comes from being open to all the questions.
Earl Gray Stevens

Hi You All!

Thank you soooooo much for sharing your experiences and feelings and thoughts herein. Being so far away at such a time is a very sad feeling, so wish I were closer so I could do SOMETHING, anything! At the least, I pray, thank you for enabling us to pray with knowledge and clarity concerning your needs. At these times what a blessing that we can walk by faith and not by sight, that the promises of God, though through a glass darkly, are more real and true than what we see and feel.

Lots of love,


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