April 23, 2012

peace beyond comprehension

Last week was a long week. Sickness moved through each member of the family. Fortunately, the illness was a quick visitor. But, sadly, one thing that won't be so quick to depart is a new autistic-like symptom Grant began exhibiting. There is no preparing myself for the pain a new emerging symptom causes. It never fails to catch my breath and rip at my heart.

Sometimes, as Grant leans on my shoulder while we are reading books, I pause and stare at his head. Then, with great firmness, I kiss his forehead - thinking perhaps a mother's loving embrace will cause the vital protein his brain needs to begin producing.

And yet, in spite of the circumstances and beyond my comprehension, I sit here full of peace.

Such a feeling in the midst of struggles and pain does not come easily and it requires constant tending. However, the path to this peace is not mysterious. 

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

Pray with a thankful heart and the peace of God will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. What a beautiful promise to lean on! {Sarah Young provides thoughtful words on the subject - click here.}

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."  
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Though being thankful in all circumstances can be extremely difficult, the blessings it produces {peace beyond comprehension, a new and wonderful perspective, a joyful heart} are life-changing.

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A week ago we enjoyed our annual trip to the zoo and botanical garden with Aaron's parents. Between chasing after two little boys and enjoying the moments, I didn't take many pictures... here are a few:




We had a great time!



  1. I do that too. I kiss their heads and imagine I can cure them with kisses.

  2. Bonnie: And we will keep trying, won't we! :)

  3. This reminds me of a desk plaque I was given while in a deep valley. 'Joy is not the absence of pain but the presence of Christ'. Praying the pain is covered, bathed in, transformed by His presence.

  4. You are a beautiful writer, Karen. I just spent the last 30 minutes reading through your blog (I am so behind) and it's just beautiful. The photos, the words...everything. So glad I was able to spend some time catching up with you this morning. <3

  5. I think kissing their head is probably a great thing for both of you. I know that sick worry in the pit of the stomach, though.

    Your photography and blog are great! I'll be following from now on. :)


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