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Monday, November 12, 2007

Hope and Suffering

Some time ago I met a professor at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary named Ellen Babinsky. Ellen is a person of experience and wisdom and a great sense of humor. Two years ago she wrote the key article in the Austin Seminary Journal Insights. I have put a link to it on the end of this note.

Hope and Suffering are for believers interwoven in a truly miraculous way. This weaving is one that keeps us from either falling in a pit or floating away like a helium balloon.

One of the quotes from Ellen's well thought out article is:
I desire a "firm heart that could turn to God", to pray for the strength to trust that somehow the adversity will be turned to good, and that I might be given the spiritual sight to recognize the gift and praise God."

One of my dear sisters-in-law is quite ill. The family has gathered as we can, a few at a time. Her mother and sister, both physicians, attend with hospice to her physical and emotional needs. We, at a distance pray constantly we can attend to their spiritual needs and energy with our prayer and through God's mercy.

We all seek a firm heart...to turn to God.

Thanks for your prayers for us...
God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey
@2007
sorry I can't get the html link to work... but if you'll copy and paste in your address line it will take you to the full journal. Ellen's article starts on page 4
www.austinseminary.edu/images/stories/docs/publications/insights/insights_2005_fall.pdf">www.austinseminary.edu/images/stories/docs/publications/insights/insights_2005_fall.pdf
fall.pdf

ON a different note here's a poem I wrote the other day.
kitty
> learned quickly
> how to come in his door
> without a key
>
> we want to walk through doors the same way
> no lock
> just pushing it open
> and walking through
>
> but humankind has want of a lock
> to keep out and in
> how strange
> open wide the door
> to house and heart
> come in friend-come in
>
>

(my cousin once made up a name --she wanted to be Key Lockwood. I thought it
> was the best name ever!)

1 Comments:

  • Minerva is quite flattered to me mentioned in this. He's blushing.... oh, no, that's just the strawberry he ate out of my fruit bouquet.

    By Blogger Martha, At Mon Nov 12, 07:12:00 PM CST  

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