For the past several years we have taken a family vacation – without Paul. That has resulted in a personal wrestling with deeply conflicted feelings.
Not this year! Finances dictated a change in plans. We will be an entire family as we head out tomorrow, Lord willing. This, of course, produces a different kind of complication.
I am blessed to know many families with one or more members who live with a disability or disabilities. Every one of them has a story with complications (and the families with several disabled members have REALLY interesting stories). Some of those stories are very hard and sad. Quite a few are just simply funny.
And every one of those families is glad to have every single one of their members – disabled and non-disabled. The suffering is real, and the joy is real. God is good.
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negeb!
Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.
I’ll be posting short reflections on Jesus the next several days. But where I’m going doesn’t have internet access, so I might skip a few days if I don’t get them done before we go. Thanks for understanding!