O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water… My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.PSalm 63:1, 5
I am the One who allows you to hunger. I am the One who supplies all you need. I am the One who nourishes you. I am the One for which you should long.
Then the Father, with great gentleness, drew the son to himself. Quietly, He said, “I am the one who allowed you to come into these humbling circumstances, and allowed you to hunger…”
“Can someone who has never thirsted know how precious is My living water?”
“Can someone who has never discovered rivers of these living waters flowing on barren heights – can he ever lead his thirsty friend to those rivers?”
“Can someone who has never walked the deep valleys of the spirit help a fiend who is fainting – or lead this friend to the well-springs that will save the life of his soul?”
“Can someone who has never seen burning sands in the wilderness turn into a refreshing pool – can he speak on praise of My marvels, or My power?”
Amy Carmichael, His Thoughts Said… His Father Said, pp. 37-38.
My sweet Dad, John Kennedy, was diagnosed with ALS on July 19, 2022. He is braving the most devastating diagnosis that I could imagine. In prayer, he refers to this trial as “My great hurt” and I never want to forget this.
On Monday, February 6, 2023 (only seven months after my Dad’s diagnosis of ALS), the neurologist told us that my Dad could contact hospice – whenever he felt ready. I need the courage to trust – just like my Dad. He is the bravest man that I know.
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