Weeping and Rejoicing: One Church in One Week

This has been a whirlwind of a week.  Earlier this week our church lost a dear friend to cancer. Yesterday was her funeral. Many tears have been shed from the time that the doctors said they could do no more and many more will be shed in the coming weeks, months, and years.

Within hours after the funeral a different family was scheduled for induced delivery and in the early hours this morning, a little teeny tiny baby girl was born.  We as a church get to celebrate this joyous moment.

Yesterday: tears and broken hearts. Today: smiles and full hearts.  But in it all, the same God.  This God of ours planned these events in eternity past and has chosen us to be part of these families’ lives. The same God who calls us to weep with those who weep has called us to rejoice with those who rejoice.  And sometimes we get to do so within a 24 hour time-frame.  He gives; He takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

I used to be a fan of Southern Gospel (and I still enjoy a song here and there).  This song came to mind as I thought over the past 24 hours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCTl4tUYIAg

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