Dancing Joyfully, Even in Pain

Life gives us plenty of opportunities to practice what we "preach," doesn't it? It seems there's always something negative happening that presses me to remember that God is still on the throne, there is still something beautiful about the world, and there is a reason to light a candle rather than curse the darkness. As Ruth Schwenk shares this morning ...

Sometimes life doesn’t make sense. As we grapple with heartache our focus must be turned to God. Through 5 miscarriages, the sudden and tragic loss of my father-in-law to a car accident 2 years ago, and the death of my mother-in-law just days ago this is something I have had to remember over and over again.

To dance in the midst of terrible suffering is to resolve, “I will not be a victim. I will not allow this situation to determine the response of my heart, because I have this life, this chance to trust God, to show his reality through my circumstances. I resolve to remain strong and faithful because of the loving God who holds my hand.” ~Sally Clarkson, Dancing With my Father

I hope you will join me today for a video plus the rest of the discussion of  Chapter Eight of Dancing With My Father at The Better Mom. Join me too, in prayer for sweet Ruth as she's traveling with her family and supporting her husband, who has lost both his father and now mother in just the past two years, and will be the one to lead her funeral service in the next few days.