All Saints Messenger - July 13, 2017

posted Jul 13, 2017, 10:05 AM by Church Secretary
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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for THURSDAY, July 13

1 Samuel 16:23  And whenever the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand, and Saul would be relieved and feel better, and the evil spirit would depart from him.

Last summer, after a two-year fight with chronic hip pain, my doctor began discussing surgery. When surgery sounds like a relief, pain has been in charge for too long. Pain doesn't stop at affecting your mobility-it seeps into your mind, convincing you that you don't deserve to feel better. Faith has to work doubly hard to stay on top of pain.
  
As I drove my daughter to school for her dance program, I handed her my phone so she could play DJ on our morning commute. Jaiya, being the insightful child God made her, choose the perfect song:

Just because I'm losing, doesn't mean I'm lost.
Just because I'm hurting, doesn't mean I'm hurt.

Of course, this youngest child of mine is right to remind that I'm not the negative feelings I feel-not alone, or hopeless, or unwanted. I am, have been, and will continue to be God's beloved child. God wants me to fight for my healing and peace. God wants me to be complete. And God is fighting alongside me, making me whole and giving me peace.

MOVING FORWARD: What song helps carry you through difficult times?

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