A Puppy For Mommy

Sunday, November 24, 2002

1 Corinthians 10:13b – But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out. (GNB)

We had an endless procession of difficulties marching through our home. At the time that I was having cancer surgery, my husband, Ron, broke his jaw, and then his back, in accidents at work. We were struck by lightning, and then he developed diabetes.

There is a story about a very tired, worn mommy who spent her days at home with four little children, ages 1, 2, 3, and 4. One day, dear daddy brought home a six-week-old puppy for the children to love — and for mommy to care for!

The children brought the puppy to mommy. "Mommy, mommy, mommy! What shall we call our puppy?"

Mommy replied, "You had better call that puppy 'mommy', because if it stays, I'm out of here!"

So often we feel like "mommy"! It seems that we can't stand one more thing. Yet, in the midst of it all, we learn by experience that the very same God, who cared enough to die on the cross for us, cares enough to look after us and see us through the bad times, as well as the good times. For the Christian, there are never too many puppies.

Prayer: Dearest heavenly Father, thank You for being so true to Your word. Thank You that, again and again, we can look at our lives with You in times of testing, and find endurance. Thank You that, always, always You keep Your promises, and provide the power to endure. In the holy name of Jesus. Amen.

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Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
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