In October 2002, my family learned that Daddy had terminal cancer. The thought of what my beloved father at eighty-six was facing overwhelmed me. I ached for my mother who was beyond tears at losing her companion of almost sixty years.
I was faced with the choice that either I believed what God has said and what I had taught for so long – or I didn’t. This was a time when I had to stand on God’s promises. I had to trust that in every trial the Lord is working for good in the lives of those who love Him. . . that He is our Peace and our Strength. . . . and that even a trial can be an opportunity for rejoicing because in those dark hours we will find, as Paul did, that God’s grace is sufficient. His power is made perfect in weakness. For when I am weak, I am strong (from 2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
As I went into ‘this season’ with Mom and Dad, I felt impressed to put together a collection of devotionals from favorite books and to write Scripture-Prayers focusing on God’s Word as the real realty. During those weeks of reading and writing, God’s presence was almost tangible. The Scriptures became more alive than ever. Again I realized how much we need to cling to God’s Word for all of life!
I wrote “He Doesn’t Change” specially for our family to read on Christmas morning 2002, knowing it would be our last Christmas with Daddy on earth. I was again reminded of those truths last Friday when Clark and I attended two memorial celebrations for Christian ladies, wives and mothers of good friends. As Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:13, Christians grieve (yes!) but not as those who have no hope!
It is my prayer that as you read The Greater Exchange, your own heart will be encouraged by God’s amazing grace and love for you . . .