Friday, September 23, 2011

When the Miracle Doesn't Happen

Today my friends and I prayed for a miracle - and it didn't come.
The daughter of one of our friends, a gorgeous, 23 year old college student who was recently named athlete of the year, was getting in some end-of-summer water-skiing and landed wrong. Despite our prayers, she died of a head injury.
From our perspective, there was no miracle - only horror.
But does there always have to be a miracle? Maybe we should try to see things from God's perspective.
What is he doing in the lives of the rest of the family? In the lives of her friends? What is His plan? We can't know - yet.
God is not a magician, waiting for our cues to pull rabbits out of hats; He is GOD - and He knows what He's doing.
All I know is that I am so grateful that Jackey knew and loved Jesus and is with Him now - safe and waiting for the day she will be reunited with her mom and dad and sister.
Until then... we have to rest in the miracle that transformed her into a believer - because out of that, we have the miracle of hope.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tongue Untied!

I've been making a lot of phone calls to school boards, retirement homes, seniors' centers, etc. to let them know about "My Legacy Links,", a project I've developed to connect teens and seniors. The idea is that teens who need to complete 40 hours of community service volunteer requirements, pair up with seniors to help them record their wisdom, values, insights and experiences in a "My Life Legacy" workbook. If the senior doesn't have any computer skills, but is interested in learning how to do e-mail etc, the teen can assist him or her.

The project has been approved by the Durham Bd. od Ed. and I had a call in to the Catholic Bd., but had not yet connected with them.

This morning, I had barely awakened when the phone rang and a woman said she was returning my call. I recognized the name, but couldn't place it in the long list of people I had been contacting. You have to understand that in the morning, my tongue just doesn't work right. I'm not a morning person and it takes a good cup of coffee and abaout a half hour of wake-up time before I can talk straight.

When I realized it was the Catholic School Board lady, I just sent a quick prayer up and said, "Oh God, pleeeeze  help me to talk straight!"

I am still amazed! I was totally clear and articulate - explained the entire project, with background, purpose etc., with nary an "um!" The woman was very interested and requested a meeting for Wednesday. Wow! Thank you Lord! :)