Our preacher today gave a sermon on Peace.  Lots of points were made, but among them were that the promise of peace is NOT the promise of the absence of turbulence.

This reminds me of our journey.  Many people ask how we remain positive, joyful even, throughout what has been a trying, frightening, and at times, discouraging trial.  The only real answer I have is that God is seeing us through it.  He isn’t delivering us from it but he’s allowing us to find peace within it.

Despite our continual hope, the medical prognosis for these boys hasn’t changed yet.   There are doctors and websites that say everything the boys are doing so far is right on track for their diagnosis.  And that the two years or less life expectancy is still the best guess.

But we are inexplicably at peace.

I believe the reason is that we know that with every difficult time we’ve had…  The diagnosis.  The ultrasounds.  The MRIs.  The seizures.  The meetings with doctors telling us they will never walk, talk, or see their 3rd birthday…God has been here.  He was here then.  He was here today.  And He will be here tomorrow.  Whatever tomorrow brings.

And in that, I find peace.

And in peace, I find hope.

And in hope, I find joy.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.