OASIS OF HOPE – Wait. Watch. Pain. Healing. Lament.
In this edition of Oasis of Hope, Laura J. Boggess, Vaneetha Rendal Risner, Emily J. Marits, Karen Fendick, and Michelle Ortega explore those times when words fail us, when in spite of our circumstances, in the midst of pain and confusion, even when our situation doesn’t change, we choose to be still and know that He is God.
“Wait,” writes Karin Fendick, “Now that’s word worth pondering. We are all waiting. Even creation itself is waiting.”
Emily J. Maurits adds, “It is hard being a Watcher (caregiver)… It is lonely, because every illness is different. No situation is the same.”
And Vaneetha Rendell Risner says, “I do know that God has done a deeper healing in my life because of my disability.”
Waiting is one of the most difficult jobs of hope.
Laura J. Boggess says it like this, “…even in sorrow we have a luminous hope.“
“This,” spills Michelle Ortega into poetry, “is what agony wants: for my own pain to get in the way, for the chance to look away.”
But our “[t]ears are prayers too. They travel to God when we can’t speak.” Psalm 56:8
God is not only the God of the sufferers but the God who suffers. … It is said of God that no one can behold his face and live. I always thought this meant that no one could see his splendor and live. A friend said perhaps it meant that no one could see his sorrow and live. Or perhaps his sorrow is splendor. … Instead of explaining our suffering God shares it.” Nicholas Wolterstorff
IN THIS ISSUE
In this issue of Oasis of Hope, you will find:
I sat silent in the newness of day, my Bible reading complete, journal open, asking the Lord what He wanted to share with me. I was feeling impatient with the pain that lingered in my back, also restless for face-to-face connection during this time of social distancing.
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