Good-bye October

1 Nov

For You have been my Hope, O Sovereign LORD,
my Confidence since my youth.
Psalm 71:5

It truly seems like just yesterday when Tim and I hopped on the motorcycle and headed east to spend the weekend with our New Jersey friends in Toms River. But it wasn’t just yesterday … in fact, it was the end of September.

Since then, October arrived in its usual fashion of anticipation of family visits and birthday fun, but it didn’t take long before the visit did not include any family and the birthday lost its fun. Thankfully I had two days of enjoyment … Munchy Monday girls on Thursday evening and lunch with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law on Friday. Then the stomach flu and fever hit. My departure from Indy and arrival back in PA on Monday took me straight to bed. Less than two weeks later, a nasty head cold and another fever blindsided me and I’m out of commission for several days again. Now, nearly two weeks more, I’m still coughing and blowing my nose. Where does all of this stuff come from?

Besides being physically off, it has seemed that much of my world has been off kilter. Cancer is wreacking havoc in the lives of many I know. Death has unexpectedly stolen a dear friend and taken others who have been suffering. Addictions, diseases, storms, the inevitable struggles of aging, the concerns of Obamacare, loss of employment, an Albuquerque shoot-out, the destruction of relationships and families … these things and more seem to weigh heavy on my own heart. I have family and friends who are dealing with real life issues that often seem unfair and without much hope.

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Papaw with his 2 loves in the apple orchard!

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Mimi having fun with lots of pumpkin heads!!

Even on this wind-driven rainy first day of November, we all must find our hope! Taking a different perspective on the month of October, there were some bright spots … I DID have a birthday. You would not be reading this otherwise! Although not together, I mutually celebrated October birthdays with some very special people, two of which are my brother and his oldest son. My youngest brother got married on the 19th of this month. He and his bride had a beautiful wedding, blending two families, while creating their own. My precious friend, Louise, is celebrating these gorgeous days of autumn with Jesus and my Daddy – she is no doubt telling him all about my Mother’s two dogs, Walker and Ginger. After many days in the hospital, my Uncle Johnse has returned home with Barbara. Friends have had successful surgeries, treatments, and care for serious health issues. Ryan and Brittany enjoyed several days of vacation in Albuquerque during the balloon fiesta, while just a few weeks later God mercifully protected friends in the same area as they were ministering to the homeless and a gunman repeatedly shot into their crowd. Tim and I had a wonderfully fun time last weekend with our grand kiddos – our annual trek to the apple orchard, pumpkin patch, and we even threw in a parade full of candy!! We are truly blessed by these two little loves! For these and more, we give thanks and praise to God … which brings us to this first day of November.

Yes, people are sick. People die. People get hurt. Lives are destroyed by sin and wrecklessness. Dreams are shattered. Politicians lie to us. Fears are realized. Life seems to be turned upside down at times. But, Jesus is our Peace. Jesus is our Hope. Jesus is our Fortress. Jesus is our Rock. Jesus is our Strength. Jesus is our Glue. Jesus is our Protector. Jesus is our Song. Jesus is our Complete. Jesus is our Everything.

Won’t you join me today in saying good-bye to October and welcoming the final two months of this year with open hearts? May we be full of praise and thanksgiving as our hearts worship Jesus, the Christ Child, our Redeemer and our Hope!

Until next time,
Debbie

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

When darkness seems to veil His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath His covenant and blood
Support me in the ‘whelming flood:
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When the last trumpet’s voice shall sound,
O may I then in him be found.
Clothed in his righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before his throne.

On Christ the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.`

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