Over the past month, my life has been filled with significant change. Between mid-May and mid-June we lost two very important men in our families, Chap's grandfather and my Dad. These two men had a significant impact on the lives of their families and all who knew them. Moving into a season of transition without these two men on earth with us has been challenging.
Many of you can relate to losing someone significant in your life and the season of change that takes place after they are gone. As I begin each new day, I take many life lessons with me that my Dad instilled through the way that he lived. He was always excited about new adventures, open to new things and willing to embrace new challenges. His overflowing joy for life is woven into the fabric of my being. So much so, that I don't even realize that I am often the one bringing the positive perspective or optimistic point of view to a situation until someone brings it to my attention.
So how do I now cope with these life changes? How do I appreciate each day God has given me now? These words from Paul's letter to the Romans resonate with me as I remember the way that my Dad lived his life.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Romans 15:13
Dad was overflowing with this joy and hope that comes from the Holy Spirit and as I enter into this season of change, I will start each day with these words as his benediction to me.
As you experience significant changes in your life, I invite you to take some time to consider what your daily benediction will be? What words will guide you as you enter into your day?
Here's a glimpse of some of Dad's joy in a picture with both of his grandsons at Thanksgiving last year.
Prayer for Today
Creator God, Open our minds and hearts to experience the joy and peace that come from trusting in you. In Christ's Name, Amen.