This has been a struggle for me, being separated by thousands of miles. Perhaps it would be worse if I were there, but it doesn't feel that way to me. During the day, as I work, I'm able to put this out of my mind pretty well. However the nights are long. I think of him before I go to sleep and each time I awaken.
God's Word has comforted me. This morning in devotions, the passage was about God's concern and care for orphans. Emmanuel certainly qualifies for this kind of care. He has lost both his biological father and mother and his adoptive father.
Hymns have also been my comfort. I want to share one with you that has spoken to me in the past 48 hours.
Be still, my soul--the Lord is on thy side!
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide--
In ev'ry change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul--thy best, thy heav'nly friend
Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
In the midst of all this, the book advances. I finished chapter six yesterday, putting in some final corrections today. I had written all of it months ago except for a testimony for which I was waiting. This afternoon I finished the first half of chapter 11, going through the end of 2009. Please continue to pray that I'll get it done on time, and that it will glorify the Lord. That is the purpose for writing it. I trust it will accomplish that goal.
I'm grateful for your friendship and prayers. I've been reminded again in these past days how important they are.