" When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the LORD your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you and bring you back." Deuteronomy 31:27
You learn what you're made of in times of turmoil and unrest. Some people step out while others step in and ride every turbulent wave of chaos with you. For me, the latter has been my family.
We're at my sister's house today. My family is there. As I run out to my car to grab something I forgot, I sit and linger outside for a moment longer staring inside the large picture window that looks into her house. I can't help but smile. Inside is the perfect picture of love and family. My dad holds my son, while grandma leans in to hug my daughter. My sister and brother-in-law play host and hostess and scramble with last second preparations to make us all dinner. Love. Family.
My heart in this moment is filled with such warmth and thankfulness. I feel complete. I thank God for my family. We've been through so much - terror, turmoil and tragedy. Circumstances continually try to pull us down - to snuff out the light. But by and in God (literally), we persevere. We are a strong family. We are a strong family, because of the Lord and His endless mercy and grace found only in His embrace.
As childhood laughter fills my sister's house, I can't help but think I truly do have it all. It's been a journey to get here, and I know the journey is far from over. But, my God, I am so thankful for this moment.
Endless Mercy and Grace
He bestows upon us His endless mercy and grace.
He watches over us and holds us in His Fatherly embrace.
Though we pass through many turbulent waves,
Jesus comes to redeem and it is us He saves.
Persevering in Jesus through times of great unrest,
It is in Him our souls are most blest.
My heart is complete and made whole
When acting out in love is the goal.
I turn the door knob and walk back into the house, stepping back into my life. I know I'm right where God wants me to be. He's here, and in this moment I'm home. In fact, there's never been a sweeter place to be. Gone is the terror, turmoil and tragedy. There is only triumph. Love does triumph.