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The One Who Hears It

Last night as I was lying in bed, I began thinking about all of my recent prayers requests.  In the last week or so it seems there has been a prevalent amount of pain, suffering, uncertainty, worry and loss in the lives of family, friends and even strangers around the world.  You can't tune into the news without hearing of some senseless killing.  Disease and death are taking over lives.  Thoughts of the unknown are too scary to fathom.  My heart aches for each new story I hear, and each fear I harbor inside myself.  Yesterday I even found myself in tears after reading another sad Facebook status.  While I know the amped up pregnancy hormones aren't helping, I think I would mourn for the loss and unknown regardless.  This world can be a sad and scary place.  But it can also be beautiful.

Last Friday I had the privilege of meeting an older man in the doctor's office while waiting on my glucose test.  He sat next to me and began making conversation.  He made mention of how everyone is so bogged down in their technology that they can't even see the world around them anymore.  Thank goodness my phone was in my purse at the time.  What a treat I would have missed.

By the end of our talk, I had learned of his times in the Navy, the work his grandson did and how proud he was of his wife.  He learned a little about me too and upon leaving he told me to tell Jon that "This old sailor says thank you for your service."  It made my heart smile so big.  Last week I also learned of another miracle being conceived.  Another little life on the way to entering the world.  What an amazing blessing.

Life is hard.  It can get ugly and scary sometimes.  Bad things happen.  But so does good.  When I get sad or weary, I have to remind myself that the scariness and sadness of this world are not greater than the love and power of my God.   That is to what we must cling.

My friend Bekah shared this very fitting quote with which I'll leave you.

"Our prayers may be awkward.  Our attempts may be feeble.  But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference." -Max Lucado

Sorry for getting so deep.  Sometimes you just have to get things out :)  More nursery updates coming tomorrow!

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