Grace Observed

C.S. Lewis has a book called “A Grief Observed”, which is his journal of grieving and questioning God after watching his wife die from cancer. This title has been bouncing around in my head for the past week and really pounded around it yesterday.

You see, our church has been in the midst of grief and grace for the past week. One week ago, sunday, our minister of adults came forward to the alter, with his wife. It was obvious that something was horribly wrong. Wednesday night I attended the Pastor’s Bible study and my thoughts were confirmed. The Minister of Adults had admitted to an affair with another member of our church. Both are married and both have small children. Both are deeply broken and repentant. I can’t imagine the suffering both families are going through.

All week the church and its staff have been grieving. Our pastor is particularly close to this minister and has been struggling all week.

Yesterday, the woman and her husband came forward to pray at the alter, and about 1/3 of the church came forward to be with them — praying with them and over them.

At last night’s service we observed the Lord’s Supper, after hearing Pastor’s message on “How we Heal”. The actual service was over within 30 minutes so that anyone could come forward and kneel before the Lord for healing. Most people came forward and you could hear prayers being whispered throughout the entire congregation.

The church has enveloped both of these families. So many prayers have been lifted up on behalf of their families for their marriages to be restored and healing to occur. They have not been shunned or ridiculed or tossed aside. They have been loved and will continue to be loved.

I have been moved beyond words, at the grace that has come out of the grief. There is unity and a spirit of love and grace that I have never observed before. It is amazing and pure. It has hit me at the core of my soul.

God can heal. God does heal. And the grace He offers is the sweetest thing in the world.

Who do you need to offer grace to today?

“Were it not for grace
I can tell you where I’d be…
Forever running but losing this race
Were it not for grace.”



making another full recovery

from everyone being sick, once again… It must be the “we moved to a new place” sickness. We’ve been passing things around since we moved here. I just went for three straight weeks with a cold, sinus infection and then another cold (maybe flu?) I went to pick up medicine last week and couldn’t decide what was best so I went over-board with it and was prepared to take a couple of bottles of medicine back. Guess what — we went through them all! Not a drop left.

Oh — and I’m an official four-eyes now! I actually like my glasses; which is a good thing ’cause I am supposed to wear them all the time. Apparently, I don’t use my right eye very much. Explains those headaches I’ve had frequently.

I had my full training at Hope Clinic two weeks ago – so I can officially start my volunteering there now (I still need to meet with the coordinator and sit in on some sessions but I’m considered an official volunteer now). Pray for me as I begin this. The girls need prayers and I will need prayers for God’s words to speak through me.

I just finished reading House by Ted Dekker and Frank Perretti. I love books by both of these authors and this did not disappoint. It is interesting to me how Ted Dekker typically takes a biblical principle and weaves it into a story that makes you see the ugliness of sin and the love and beauty of Christ. (His Martyr’s Song series is a beautiful example of Christ’s love)


What happened to the warm weather?

At least we don’t have five gazillion feet of snow, but I do wish it would warm up. It would be one thing if we hadn’t had really nice warm weather for a couple of weeks. It’s been down-right chilly…

I just tried taking a picture of Quinn taking his nap, but I can’t get enough light unless I want to wake him up… he is sleeping with his Spiderman baseball cap on. He loves that hat and has decided it helps him sleep better. He slept in it last night too. It’s so cute and I HAVE to get a picture of it.

I just read on the online version of the Park Falls (WI) Herald (where we used to live) that the paper mill is closing down. It has closed before and been bought by other companies, but I have friends whose family depends on that mill. Prayers for all of those families.