EVEN THOUGH..July 5th and 6th mark two of the darkest days of my life. On July 5th, forty one years ago Lawrence and I lost our son, Dustin. He was a healthy full term beautiful baby boy who died during birth. Four years ago on July 6th my precious husband breathed his last breath on this earth. I wrote recently about how I dreaded the approach of these days. Yes, they represent the darkest, most deeply painful events of my life. And yes they also represent the extraordinary love, faithfulness and power of God. He doesn't make idle promises, ones he can't or won't fulfill.
I always say that God's purpose for me is to give others hope Does that mean there haven't been days in my life when I felt hopeless? No. The days after the death of my husband were filled with heartbreak so intense I physically hurt and thought I might surely die from the pain. It was an indescribable pain that I had no idea existed, especially in the life of a believer. I'm so thankful for God's promises and EVEN THOUGH it was hard by sheer faith I believed them. One of those great promises is found in this familiar Psalm, "EVEN THOUGH I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." God has kept his promise to me. He has been with me every step. He has been my help, my hope and my healer and continues to be every day of my life. I want you to know today that EVAN THOUGH you may be going through the darkest days of your life, EVAN THOUGH we may be going through the darkest days of our nation that most of us have seen we do not have to fear. He is with us and he always will be. You are greatly loved! ❤️