The Gift of Hardships

Advent 2014

Day 23

When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” (John 11:4)

I’ve sailed on the ship called Hard often enough. And I seldom, if ever, viewed the experience as a gift from God. Both my daughters were born with birth defects. To this day, that term grates my spirit even though I know the outcome of their struggles. I felt as though I had done something terribly wrong to have had two daughters with special problems. Some people took it upon themselves to point out that such things come from hidden sin. And as if that wasn’t harsh enough, they added the reason why God didn’t heal Melinda and Rachel immediately was because their father and I lacked faith. Talk about making waves on the sea on which my Hardship was sailing.

Likewise, the disciples must’ve felt like they were in the midst of the worse storm …

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Tomorrow, we’ll consider the gift of perseverance. Prepare by reading and meditating on James 1:2-8.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks


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