Life is always full of adventures, With many ups and downs. In case you were not aware yesterday May 15Th was Armed forces day. On that day one should remember those who fought or served in the military. I'm sure we all have a family member who may have served and that should be remembered. Whether one actually fights in a war or just stays state side pushing papers it's all important. Remember FREEDOM is not FREE.
So I spent yesterday in East lawn memorial on Folsom blvd and 48Th street. we were having a vendor far and paying tribute to those awesome military. Then i left there and got a tour of the store CO-OP with Craig and Aimee Phaff. Nice health nuts like me. Then we had a barbecue at Rebbecca and Dan Johnson's house. Health food and great conversation. My wife and son were down in Monteray packing my daughter up from her finish of the 1st year of college, Awesome. Wow that flew by fast. So they returned home and called me with bad news. My dog Brooklyn had passed,She waited till we were all gone. In her sleep position, legs stretched out, tail straight, eyes closed. I thought now what ??? Do I have to call someone or do I just dig a grave and bury her in the back yard. I dug and put her down, said a prayer and covered.
But this morning was my Sunday to preach at the senior centers. Not feeling in a very uplifting spirit. How do you speak about the lord when your heart is calling for him, well this is what I wrote and said:
The lord is close to the broken hearted, He rescues those who are crushed in spirit (psalms 34:18)
The unfailing love never ends. by his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfullness, his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, The lord is my inheritence therefore I will hope in him.
The lord is wonderfly good to those who wait for him and seek him. so it's good to wait quietly for salvation from the lord.
For the lord does not abonden anyone forever though he brings grief, He also shows compassion according to the greatest of unfailing love (lamentations 3:22-26 31-32)
Let us pray
please help me in this time of loss and overwhelming grief. I dont always understand why life is filled with pain and heartache. But I turn my eyes to you as I seek the strength to trust and be faithfull. I will wait on and not despair. I will wait for your salvation. my heart is heavy and crushed. But I know you will not abandon me forever. please show me your compassion, give me the strength to deal with the pain. I believe this promise in your word to send me fresh mercy each day. In life I can not see past today, I trust my love combined with yours will never fail me...
R.I.P. my friend R.I.P.