I was just thinking about my original hopes for this blog: a year of living lighter and more generously. So far, lighter has gotten a lot of attention… today I need to tell you about an inspiring example of generous living.
I have a friend with amazing superhuman strength. Physically, she’s not so big… but boy, is she tough. Emotionally, she’s been dealing with some big blows this year… with grace. Spiritually, well, she’s nothing short of amazing.
You’ve heard of Minot, ND? That little city with the big, devastating flood? Well, she lives in that neck of the woods, so water has been keeping her busy this summer.
- She has completely emptied her basement. No more furniture, no more carpet, no more drywall. Empty.
- She’s been babysitting for friends who are losing their homes.
- She and her husband are raising some wonderful children who have donated clothing and toys to flood victims.
- Now that her basement’s empty, she’s cleaning basements in other houses.
- She cries because she can’t do more.
- I don’t know when she sleeps.
Where does she get the strength to keep going? The hymn she shared yesterday says it all:
Be still my soul, the Lord is on thy side,
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide,
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still my soul; thy best, thy Heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways, leads to a joyful end.
Be still my soul, thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious, shall be bright at last.
Be still my soul, the waves and winds still know
His voice, who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Be still my soul, though dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in the vale of tears;
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe, thy sorrows and thy fears.
Be still my soul, thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness, all He takes away.
Be still my soul, the hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still my soul, when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed, we shall meet at last.
Her name? On second thought, I don’t think I’ll share her name. She’d rather have you know it’s Jesus working.
“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Galatians 2:20