Monday, December 18, 2006

A sweet, small blessing

I was just thinking about something that God has done for us. Of course, losing Joel's dad last year was hard for this family, but I think one of the ways it was hard to lose a parent at such a young age is that not many people have. We really didn't have any close friends who had been there - guys his age that Joel could relate to or wives who could share with me wisdom on how to walk my husband through that. I just realized the other day, at our small group at church, that out of the 6 young couples that were there, 3 of the husbands had lost their fathers - two of them recently. It is such a tragedy, yet I was amazed at how sweet the Lord has been to bring us to other people who have experienced a similar thing. I know that is so encouraging for Joel to have some people with whom he can talk about that and learn from them. Our friends were amazing to us during that time, and we are grateful for all the support and sympathy, regardless of whether or not others had experienced the same thing.....we are so thankful for that! This is just a new little thing that is different in our lives now, and we are thankful for that too. It really is an encouragement.