It's just pain

From the post I wrote on September 25, 2015...

"This is THAT post... the one I so would wish that you were at my kitchen table with Frank, me, and a full pot of coffee, so that you could just hear our hearts.  Would you just pause for a moment and ask the Lord to speak clearly to you through my words.  To the glory of God!

God IS good; God WAS good; God ALWAYS WILL be good.  In fact, we know and say God IS great; God WAS great; God ALWAYS WILL be great!

So here's what Frank would say to you:
My back doesn't hurt today.  It hasn't hurt for more than 3 weeks.  Praise the Lord!"

So, here we are today, September 4, 2016, almost a year has passed.  Today Frank would gently say to you... "My back hurts today.  It has been hurting for more than 3 months.  Praise the Lord!  Not because my back hurts again, but because HE is GOD, and He promised never to leave or forsake me, and HE never has and never will.
Again, I wish you were at my kitchen table today."

  We visited with some dear friends this week, and the question came to Frank about how he felt.  His response was quiet... "It's just pain..." and I know he means that.  As I write that, tears flow freely - tender.  I don't want Frank to hurt.  That's the way it should be, right - I so love him!  We are human, and we would like to be without pain, without sadness, without tears, without cancer, without heartache, without death, without ...

This a journey we have walked before - we can walk again - not on our own, but with our God.  Frank was 42 when we began the journey with pain - he's 55 now.  God has graciously walked with us 13 years in this "bend" in the river of our lives.  Pain doesn't and will not be allowed to define us - God tenderly defines us simply, as His children.  

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, 
that we should be called children of God.  And that is what we are. 1 John 3:1

Ephesians 5 gives us clearer definition... we are dearly loved children... His holy people. Thankfully, I know the family of God celebrates joys together and weeps in sorrows together.  We are overwhelmingly thankful to be in HIS family.

Will you just continue to pray with us - for each other... that God's purpose in our lives will be clear... that we will, in all circumstances, praise the Lord for His great gift of salvation and grace.

Frank will be healed - he will be pain-free... for eternity, just not today.

God gives, God takes,
God's name be every blessed.
Job 1:20 (The Message)

Eternity is forever... we are even more convinced that we want to and are commanded to share this good news with all - God made a way for ALL to live with Him forever.  Jesus is the answer - His sacrifice, His crucifixion, His resurrection - He is the way, the truth and the life.  We know it; we believe it, we strive to live according to it.

And ultimately, friends... we know...

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  Revelation 21:4

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