Friends, I've been on a bit of an emotional roller coaster lately so I've been a little quiet here. In the last two weeks we very nearly bought a house that was in foreclosure - but was beat out by an investor who paid cash for it. I loved that house ... it had a gorgeous custom kitchen and it sat on a small lake. In my heart, I had already moved in. So I really grieved the loss. Then, my daughter's friend's father died in a boating accident on Monday evening. And I grieved heavily for her and her family. The poor girl - her name is Maddie and she is in the 4th grade - wound up with a burst appendix and had to have surgery on Thursday evening. She did come through the surgery fine. But please pray for the Drake family.
This is the time of year (May) when I lost my mom when I was a teenager. Also, about this time last year we lost my father-in-law, whom I adored. So Maddie's loss hooked into my own losses and I grieved them all over again.
Also, Vickie from Nigeria posted yesterday to tell us that her 14 year-old son died May 29 after a short illness. Please read her precious post if you have time, and definitely pray for her and her family. Loss is hard and it is tempting to blame God in these circumstances rather than to turn to Him. But He is the Father of Compassion and the God of All Comfort, and He can be trusted.
In John 14:8 Jesus declares, "I will not leave you comfortless."
We'll start reading next woman of the Bible in a day or so.