Rejoice Always. Pray Always. Give Thanks Always.

For those who know me and my family well know that we have been going through a difficult situation this past week.  My father-in-law had minor surgery that was not so minor for him.  He almost died.  The knowledge that a simple surgery for most people is not so simple for him was concern enough.  However, the waiting for information while sitting at the hospital during and then after his surgery was somewhat excruciating for those of us there.  However, thanks to God, he made it through and we made it through as well.

One thing stands out over this past week.  If it wasn’t for my faith, I don’t know what I would have done.  I REJOICED in knowing that if it was his time, he was in good hands and we were in good hands. I PRAYED often, requested others to pray for my father-in-law and our family, and found solace in these prayers.  I GAVE THANKS to God for every sliver of hope and improvement in my father-in-law’s condition.  These three things helped me through this whole ordeal.

REJOICE ALWAYS, PRAY ALWAYS, and GIVE THANKS ALWAYS.  In the reflection questions for this week’s readings, we are asked when there is a time in our lives when we were able to do this even though the circumstances were difficult.  This past week was a good example of when I did use these three directives and when these directives helped me. Please share your thoughts about this week’s material and/or the Reflection Questions. You can make a comment on this post’s page or on the Life Giving Bread Facebook page.

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