A difficult season

This past week was a difficult one for our family, as we learned that my Dad possibly has a serious neurological disorder. We have no definite diagnosis yet, and are waiting for the results of a series of tests. We hope to have those results in another two weeks. In the meantime, God has poured out His love upon my Dad, my Mom, and my siblings. Our friends and extended family have gathered around us, lifting us up continuously in prayer. We are daily, hourly even, reminded of God’s faithfulness and His perfect will. How great is our God! In Him we place our trust. In the midst of it all, Cassie came across the following psalm in her scripture reading:

Psalm 20

1 May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble;
May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2 May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen you out of Zion;
3 May He remember all your offerings,
And accept your burnt sacrifice.  Selah

4 May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,
And fulfill all your purpose.
5 We will rejoice in your salvation,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners!
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.

6 Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His right hand.

7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
8 They have bowed down and fallen;
But we have risen and stand upright.

9 Save, LORD!
May the King answer us when we call.

God is our comforter, our hope, and our salvation. We ask that you, also, would consider lifting my Dad up in your prayers in the days to come. We have a King who hears the voices of His children, and gives good things to them, even when we are unable at times to understand His awesome ways. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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What makes life worthwhile is having a big enough objective, something which catches our imagination and lays hold of our allegiance; and this the Christian has in a way that no other person has. For what higher, more exalted, and more compelling goal can there be than to know God? (J.I. Packer, Knowing God)