Joy & Peace – Comfortable Companions to Pain

My Valentine's teacup

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts…” (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV)

Hope – where is it?
It’s where it’s always been –
In the hands of the Father.
God sees our suffering,
And He hears our cries.
Let Him take the burden –
With Love, He WILL supply.

I wrote this poem in 2008 for the back of my pink “Hope” breast cancer awareness card, which I dedicated to my friend Lynn who began her struggle with breast cancer. As a fabric artist, I wanted to create something to dedicate to her and others who have endured this beast.

It is with a saddened heart I write to say that Lynn is in her last days here on earth. Both Lynn and her husband John have been monarch testaments of faith and joy, and continue to be so even in this dark hour. They have guided people on their spiritual journeys all over the world.

Now, it is time for Lynn to take a different journey. So many questions have crossed their minds, but their trust in God has never wavered. Lynn and John have taught me many lessons over the years, but what John said recently (2/19/10) will remain with me forever:

“He [God] is the rock, the solid one in all the turmoil and chaos of these days. I remember the morning after we received Lynn’s cancer diagnosis. He said, ‘John my peace and joy are comfortable companions with pain and chaos. I have Lynn and you on this journey together and it’s on this path that you’ll experience my presence. . .’”

Wow, this touched me deeply. We all face turmoil in our lives and we all want that peace and joy. John and Lynn have reminded me that this unattainable peace can only come from God. This is the peace others take notice of and peace that radiates God’s glory, even if we have no energy to express it ourselves.

May you be encouraged to keep asking God those tough questions, but yet keep your faith intact. Ask God for peace beyond all comprehension, and He will give it!

About the author
Bridget Gazlay resides in the beautiful West Michigan. She struggles with Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis, IBS, arthritis and migraines. She works full time but writes and designs fabric cards on the side. Bridget’s prayer is for readers who come across her writing or fabric cards to see that she allows, “God’s creation to be my inspiration.” You can reach Bridget at: fabricards102@charter.net or http://www.pfccreations.com.

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