Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Psalm 82:3

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Three Years

Three years.  Where has the time gone?  The memories of that day still flow through my head as if it were yesterday.  I can replay the entire evening.  Those painful thoughts will never leave me.  Our sweet Brady James left us here on earth to go to his eternal home - January 12, 2009.  So many questions and no answers.  Why us?
But I/we have changed...even come to a point of being thankful for that night.  The Bible says to “give thanks in all circumstances.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)  That can’t be right.  All circumstances?  How is that even possible?  
How in the world do we thank God for taking our little baby?  
We trust that his plan for our family is perfect.  Although some days are easier than others, we trust.  David writes in Psalm 13 - “How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever?  How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?”
Psalms is one of my favorite books because David (the author of this chapter) is real.  He asks questions and writes truth from his heart.  He does not stray from asking God the tough questions...and he still trusts.
At the end of the Psalm 13 David writes:  “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.  I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me.”
So just as David waited- we wait and trust. Giving thanks to God for His love and blessings.  Even during difficult times we are called to give thanks- for he has done great things for us.
We have been singing a song in church called “Thank You” by Hillsong United.  Listen to the words and give thanks...


Liz said...

You are both amazing and strong people because of your faith in Christ. You inspire me in so many ways and make me extremely proud to be called your friend! We look forward one day to uniting with BJ, BM, HS, and CJ. We also look forward to uniting with the children who will call you Mommy and Daddy. Love you guys!

jillsloothaak said...

Although I didn't remember the date, I too remember that day and hearing the news that shook your world. Only Jesus could take you from that place to where you are today, and we are so thankful that we've been able to be part of the journey. We have learned from you, and grown alongside you. You and Scott are an example to us of complete trust, hope, and faith. We continue to pray, hope, and wait with you! Love you both!

Anonymous said...

You two are amazing! All you have been through and yet your faith is still strong if not stronger. Your mother and I are so proud of you and pray that this will be the year that you will have a little one in your arms to love and nuture. Mom and Dad Zoet

don and sara said...

I'm so sorry that you ever went through that pain... thankful though that God has given you such good perspective. He truly is growing and refining you!

Anonymous said...

You are both amazing. Thanks for your example and witness. We do continue to pray wait for the good things I know God has in store for you. Another song I've grown to appreciate is "Blessings" by Laura Story. Love you both!
Dad Lubbers