Saturday, December 8, 2012

Beyond Tuesday Morning

"Beyond Tuesday Morning" by Karen Kingsbury

This is the second book in the September 11th series.  This is about God's redemption and healing.  It is about finding life again after tragedy.  It's been three years since Jamie lost her husband in the attacks but the pain is still so great.  She volunteers to help others who are also trying to get past the pain of that day.  In the midst of helping others she finds love again, but the guilt is great and what she finds out about this man shocks her.  The God she has just started believing in couldn't have this plan for her.  Only the strong love from this man, words from her dead husband, and her precious little girl can help her live again.  "It was the same story again and again and again.  Different faces, different names, different floors of the Twin Towers, but so often when the walking wounded found their way here it was with one question.  How could God let it happen?"  I think it is a question we have all asked, at different tragic things in our lives.  God is good, all the time.  But we live in a fallen world where evil is allowed to happen.  For me it just reinforces the fact that I don't belong here, this is not my home.  "Loss was part of the package of living, but the fighter remains.  He fights the good fight, he gets back in the ring, he never gives up.  He chooses life."  And this is what we must all do in our lives.  We must choose life and God gives it to us abundantly, that is what He wants for us.  So no matter the pain, no matter the loss, choose life.  We can choose that life with God's help.  "Now-with a pain that knew no bounds, she was letting God break her heart again so that it might heal correctly."  Sometimes it takes brokenness to finally truly heal and boy does it hurt but life on the other side of it is oh so much sweeter.  "God believes in you, even if you don't believe in Him.  He'll keep calling to you the way He's been calling to all of us since the beginning of time."  I love that.  That is something to sit and soak in.  God believes in you and He's calling you and He won't give up on you.  This gives me hope for those of my loved ones that don't believe.  God's calling them, just keep praying.  "Because if you cry a lot when you say good-bye, it means you loved a lot."  Good-byes are hard but when they are then you know you have loved a lot.  This book is a testimony that God can heal all hearts, no matter the pain, no matter the loss.  And He is calling you.

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