|Every day is a gift,|
every moment is a blessing,
every life holds a beauty of its own.
Last Monday, a co-worker's daughter tried to commit suicide.
I say "tried to" because she didn't die.
And I am thankful.
The daughter has struggled with life ever since beginning college two years ago. This was her loudest cry for help and she called her mom after swallowing a handful of pills.
I watched my co-worker shaking with fear and frustration and offered to drive her to the Philadelphia hospital while her daughter was being transported by ambulance.
Confession: I have fear while driving to places outside of my immediate area and called Wonderful Husband but had to leave a voicemail explaining what had happened and where I was traveling.
I started saying The Jesus Prayer. Have you heard of it?
Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.
I silently prayed this prayer over and over and felt the calming presence of Christ as I started driving us toward Philadelphia.
We found the hospital and she went in to assess the situation. Her daughter was conscious and my co-worker came out and said her husband was on his way. I asked if she wanted me to wait for his arrival but she told me I could leave. I asked if she had money for food and she said yes. I told her that I'd be praying for her and her daughter and their family and pulled away from the hospital.
When I left the hospital I turned on my CD and the song "Beautiful" began playing by MercyMe.
(Please click the link below to hear the song.)
How I wish the daughter could have heard these words.
Words of love: how she is treasured, and sacred, and His.
She is more than this moment of her life.
You see, I have compassion for young women struggling through life.
A few years ago our daughter imploded while attending college and living away from home. She layered bad decision on top of bad decision and we couldn't stop her or help her.
Only God can save. And He did.
Yet in the midst of the turmoil, God prepared me because He knew what was coming.
My Word for 2010 was Hope and what it took a year for me to learn was that I couldn't place my hope in a place, different circumstances, or a new situation.
I can only place my hope in the Lord.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I have empathy for mothers whose children struggle with life.
Because another lesson I've learned is that I don't have control over my (adult) children. I pray for them and pray that they turn toward God because they can place their hope and trust in Him.
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
My Word for 2011 was Grace. God showers me with His grace, I in turn show His grace toward others and because of living the word Grace for that year, my daughter and I have a good relationship today.
Only God could have worked the mess into the goodness we live today.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.
# 1089 - 1096 on my list beyond One Thousand Gifts. I'm thankful for:
1089. the daughter making it to the hospital and living
1090. driving my co-worker to the hospital
1091. Christ's calming presence during our drive to Philadelphia
1092. safe travel to and from the hospital
1093. Wonderful Husband's calm (Blue Tooth) conversation when I began driving home alone
1094. feeling God's comfort through music
1095. our daughter and where she is in life now
1096. God, and my hope and trust in Him
Please pray for people who struggle with living. Their lives are precious to Him.
This post is linked to the Faith Barista Jam with the writing prompt of "Trust"