For those of you who have asked why I haven’t blogged for quite a while, here are some of the reasons: We’ve been away from Arizona all of November so far except for 5 days. First a trip to Boise and then to Las Vegas. While traveling and since returning home, I have composed several writings and don’t feel good about any of them and am going through frustration with memory issues and inability to stay focused.
Today’s message is to assure you we are alive and well in Anthem. This morning I picked up Jan Karon’s book Patches of God Light and asked the Lord to show me one of Father Tim’s favorite quotes. The book fell open to this page: “When you find yourself facing an issue in your life, the purpose or reason or good thing that might come out of it being completely hidden from you—what do you do? Do you worry and fret, become preoccupied with the problem? Do you ignore it or avoid it? Do you complain about it, do you want to run away from it? Or do you see it as a situation in which you might be able to experience the power and grace of God at work? Do you watch for the work of God that is to be done in this situation?”—Fr. John Yates, Falls Church
This really spoke to my heart as I have been guilty of all the above. In addition, we grieve the serious illness of one who has touched us so deeply, and we also grieve for friends who are going through horrendous trials and temptations, pain and even death. When we reflect on the challenges in the lives of others, our problems don’t seem so overwhelming. In this season of Thanksgiving, help us remain constantly thankful, Dear God, and continue with a grateful heart every day, week, month and year that we are given the gift of life!