It was our 50th wedding anniversary and we were under a stay-at-home order due to the pandemic. I felt a wave of disappointment as I gazed at the tickets to the dinner theatre we had purchased months ago. Before the day had ended, however, we had been showered with our favorite wine, received well wishes in chalk on our driveway from our grandchildren and miraculously received the missing ingredient I needed to make a special dinner. It was not the day we envisioned, but it was still a day filled with gifts.
Like all people, I experienced losses and disappointments in the past year—minor compared to some but difficult nonetheless. I was reminded again that in times of seeming abandonment, the ability to see God working through others makes the difference between feeling despair or hope.
How has God been present to you in times of suffering? How have you been the presence of Christ to others?
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