My Mom has a friend from college that we have been close to my entire life. This family has gone through more than any family I have ever seen. They had a house fire when I was a kid. They lost a son in a drowning accident. The father had to have a kidney transplant. Their grandaughter had to have a kidney transplant. Their other grandaughter definitely needs one and their son will probably have to have one as well. They have been delt more than their fair share of pain and suffering.
And yet, when you talk to them, they always say the same thing. "Oh, but the Lord has been so good to us."
The amazing thing is that inspite of all they have gone through, they mean that more than any other people I know who might say it.
Recently, the father was diagnosed with cancer. Because of the anti-rejection medicine he has to take for the kidney transplant, it caused the cancer to grow more rapidly. The doctors have said that he will make it through Christmas, but can't guarantee any more time after this.
Sometimes life is so hard.
I let my leaders at church know right away to start praying for this family and they started immediately. I made this card to send to them. Inside, it says, "I'm praying for you." Then, there are messages from my leaders for them. I pray that it is encouraging for them to know they are in so many of our prayers and that our prayers bring them comfort and peace.
What do you think the father is doing? Sitting at home being angry with God? Nope. It's my understanding he was working in the parking ministry last weekend at their church. He has notebooks of people that he prays for on Sunday afternoons. I imagine he was praying for those people, as well.
They are true examples of lives that are lived for the glory of God, no matter what.
I am humbled by their example and love them very much.
Although it can't be seen in the picture, the cross is put on with Stampin' Dimensionals and stands out from the card. After all, it is the cross that gives us hope and through which all blessings come.
I used the following Stampin' Up products to make this card:
Crosses of Hope and Blessings from Heaven (on the inside) Stamp Sets and Wonderfully Worn Background Stamp
Night of Navy Classic Ink
Whisper White, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, and Chocolate Chip Card Stock
Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper and Subtles Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack