Saturday, December 31, 2011

Impossible Joy

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:35-37

The past year is fast receding, along with all the events, challenges, joys and sorrows along with it. As I look back along the 365 days worth of everything that made up 2011, I am once again filled with thanksgiving of what He brought me through. I reflected on this one thought this morning on my 30 minute commute, as my car idled into the parking lot and came to a stop.

That in every seemingly impossible situation during the past year, impossible joy came along for the ride. In the moments of hysteria, sometimes laughter rose up beside it.

In helping my best friend deal with both parents, one with Dementia and one with Alzheimer's, I learned many things about myself, some things which were not pleasant. I learned how easy it is to love the lovable, and just how difficult it can be to love the unlovely, the unlovable. It stretches you like nothing else. Several times a day I fail miserably. But I am thankful for that too, for that is what keeps me praying.

I am amazed at what transpired, what we got done.

What He brought us through.

And I am amazed at how painful moments can recede in hindsight and the joys magnify.

Like stones worn smooth by a rushing river, He smooths us out. It is easy to forget that just like that mighty river that is flowing all around us, He is still and always, there.

Washing us clean, making us more like Himself.


  1. Dear Lori,

    Yes, he is overwhelmingly with us in great Love. This new year will be more exciting than ever.
    Grab on to his garment and hang on!

    In Jesus.

  2. Great post!! I love your music.

  3. That sounds incredibly stressful. Hope you are also finding places of rest. Best wishes for a great 2012.

  4. Yes, especially for my friend, watching her go through this has been tough and without any help from her siblings...however, God is with us as always, and provides peace in the midst of the storms! Happy New Year to you Cassandra, we are all cheering you on in your endeavors! Blessings to you and your special family. Lori


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