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  • Sarah Beth Dippel



"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me." (JN 14:1)

Jesus's words from today's gospel speak right to my heart this morning. Yesterday evening, my husband received a text from our friend; her husband was being taken by life flight to a hospital in a larger town for heart issues. Y'all, it was scary. Let me tell you, all of our hearts were troubled over his heart troubles. We turned to the Lord in faith; in that moment, all we had to trust in was Jesus's promise. Our house sits right beside the hospital, and we see life flight come and go from the helipad many days. It's always a troubling moment to see the helicopter; it is still a moment where I stop in prayer for all involved. Knowing your friend is on that helicopter brings a new level of concern. I wish I could say that I completely trusted in the Lord at that moment. I can tell you that I had hope and prayer and tears. Our friend is doing much better, and we are praising the Lord with thanksgiving this morning. When we have uncertainties in our life, it can feel like darkness. The Lord calls us out of darkness; he calls us to devote ourselves to prayer so that He can fill us with spirit and wisdom. He calls us to believe in Him in those moments of darkness and fear.

You are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises" of him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. (1 PT 2:9)

Looking across at the helipad this morning, the sun is shining bright on a new day. I welcome the wonderful light of His spirit and sing my praises to our Lord.

Lord, in times of trouble and darkness, we ask you to increase our faith in you and your promises. Help us to grow in spirit and wisdom so that we may always live in your wonderful light. Thank you for your blessings upon our friend, please continue to heal him. Amen.

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