The past three months have been very busy.
The past week has been crazy.
The past three days have been.....
Routine things and not so routine things like medical tests, speech evaluations, surgery....those have been the spring activities.
School concerts, special olympics events, graduation parties to attend,
cleaning up for children and grandchildren visits...
those are busy things.
Church planning mission trips and summer revival...exciting things.
This weekend, several of those things occurred all on the same day or two as well as
some not so welcome things.
Such as a grandmother, who is also a great grandmother and great-great grandmother,
92 years of age, suffering a stroke...
and the death of a grandfather of one of my sons-in-law.
Between all the kids and grands visiting and the revival in which we have welcomed an evangelist friend from a far away state, the hospital visits,
the trips to the airports, the trips to airports in the next few days....anyone would say it's a little bit crazy 'round here.
But God gives His manifold grace.
As one pastor explained it, Manifold Grace is multi-colored grace for multi-colored trials.
Whatever is called of you, dear Christian, to do, God gives the grace to enable you to do it.
At our house,
Nothing important has been left undone.
In fact, many routine things are getting done.
Family is doing what Family does....all pitching in and pulling together and praying and providing.
If you feel like you are in a Disney movie repeating over and over, "just keep swimming, just keep swimming", then you are not alone.
The Apostle Peter wrote to the early church to encourage them during a time when they were being persecuted and suffering many trials.
7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self- controlled and sober- minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen
(1 Peter 4:7-11 ESV)