"Your strength made perfect in weakness, made perfect our weakness..."
Sherry Muchira, "Made Perfect in Weakness" from the Lystra Silence album, Tremble Here
I've shared this with a few people, so if you have heard it, please hear it again, because it's incredible! Our fearless Spiritual Direction leader, Peg Wuelfing, who died so suddenly this past Sunday, had wanted to be an organ donor. After her death the Social Worker talked to the family and explained that, since Peg had previously had cancer, they could not use the organs, but they could use her eyes. The family, very surprised, told the Social Worker that Peg had macular degeneration so her eyes were not healthy. The Social Worker explained that her corneas were very healthy and they would give two people the gift of sight. Only God could create a scenario where Peg's eyes could help others see! This teaches us that God can and does use the weakest part of ourselves if we just turn ourselves over to God. God can take what is weak in us and still use it for good for others. This is so truly God-in-action, Friends. Where we are weak, God is strong. God's strength is made perfect in our weakness, like this beautiful song says. Let's remember this as we embark on a day we may not feel up to tackling. Love, heidi
"Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer."
Well, this is exactly what I needed to hear today, how about you? For anyone who may not already know, the director of our Spiritual Direction program, who had been in the car accident nearly three weeks ago, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday. This has been a heartbreaking shock, because Peg was home, on the mend and doing fairly well. And then, suddenly, she had an embolism and died. When something like this happens, one wonders, "Where in the world are you, Lord? And what are we to do?" That's when it's wonderful to just turn to the Word and read what we are to do. It's all spelled out for us and it makes so much more sense than what is happening around us. There are and will be many lessons and blessings throughout all of this, but it is also okay to sit and rest with the heartache. God is there. Love, heidi
"The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace...they shall be greatly blessed."
Wisdom 3: 1-3, 5
There is certainly nothing I can add to this reading today...it is perfectly clear and beautiful as it is. We have all lost someone and know the deep sadness of that. Let's spend some time, sit with this reading and allow it to comfort us. This feast of All Souls lets us lovingly remember all we love who have slipped over the wall and are now in the hands of God. And let's remember all those who they leave behind, for comfort and peace, in their lives. Love, heidi