All Over Again

September 26, 2014
by Brenda Wood

Do you remember that old math question about the frog in the well that worked his way up two feet on Tuesday and slid down one foot on Wednesday? Unfortunately, I did a frog and regressed somewhat. Perhaps you are doing the same thing, whether it is from grief or some other trauma of life.

On a recent weekend, I attended both a funeral and a fiftieth wedding anniversary. Not a great combination. Thankfully, I found myself surrounded by good friends and family at each occasion.

I saved my worst reactions for home. A loaf of bread and I had a heavy date. Two days later, I am still struggling to regain my healing spot, the one I thought I was at forever. There is nothing to do but to just keep walking forward into the pain, because if I don't, God can't get a grasp on it to soothe it with His grace.

Oh, but for the grace of God, what would ever we do?

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 – Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (NKJV)

Prayer: Lord, meet us in our pain. Strengthen our hanging hands, our feeble knees. Help us to make straight paths for our feet so that what is lame should not be dislocated, but instead, be healed. Oh, with many thanks, we ask and pray expectantly, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for sharing Brenda.


    Today’s devotion is right on the money. Thank you.


    Brenda -Thanks again for a good word.
    God bless.


    Dear Brenda:
    God bless you and grant you the comfort that only He can give.


    Lovely devotional. The grief pain can hit quite unexpectedly can’t it?
    My mother’s loss can do the same for me.. and she died over 15 years ago.
    Thanks for sharing this Brenda. You’re stronger than you think.


    Thanks for a great devotional Brenda, I sure can relate. I thought I was doing fairly well several months after my wife’s death but sure did “a frog” this past week after going to the cemetery to visit her grave and then to another to visit my parents grave. Just too much at once but God is getting me through it again. THANKS


    Hi Brenda,
    Am able to relate to your experience. We have all probably been there at one time or another.
    I think of 2 Cor. 1:3-4, and how the God of all comfort comforts us.
    Be encouraged.
    May God shower his blessings on you.


    Brenda, I think your experience is one we can all relate to in one way or another. Even King David, a man after God’s own heart, said in Psalm 43: “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” What wonderful grace and hope we have in Jesus!
    Stay blessed.
    Keep up the good writing!


    Hello Brenda,
    Thanks for being so willing to write devotionals even when you have experienced recent pain and loss.
    Your devotionals bless not only me but thousands around the world.
    Yes, I pray that the Lord will comfort you and care for you and bring you through even this.
    May God bless you and make you a blessing.


    Dear Brenda
    Thank you for this morning’s message. Despite your sorrow I marvel at your ability to rise above and write such a powerfully phrased message — how you must continue walking toward the pain in order for God to grasp it to soothe it with his grace. That is a life changing sentence and I will keep it close for myself and share in difficult times.
    I pray you feel God’s peace and love.


    Hi Brenda:
    What a timely message from you. Thank you. I am presently going through Chemo and Radiation and felt some better this week only to be told they are stepping up the treatments and I can expect to feel worse for the next two to three weeks. Jesus has held my hand so far and I know He will for the next few weeks. You just helped to reinforce my belief.
    God Bless you and be with you.


    Thanks, Brenda. The words composing your contribution to this day’s Devotion spells out the fortitude I shall soon require as I try to accept, for I am hurting, the final loss of a spouse for over 6o years. Yet I must be thankful for those years we had and that there was no physical pain for her, only confusion.
    It was but one month ago as I quietly listened to her struggling with mumbled speech I distinctly heard her say, “Jesus.” I knew then that my Darling was and would forever be in good Hands and that I was not alone.


    Hi Brenda,
    Thanks for the devotion.
    One of our elders was killed in a car accident. I have just about given up but after reading your message it has given me hope to keep going. It is easy to say no, cannot do it anymore, I miss my friend so much.
    Thanks again Brenda.
    Remember that God loves you too, the bread it does not!! I have found eating plums keeps me safe.
    Luv and God’s blessings to you!!
    (B.C.)


    Dear Brenda,
    I pray that God will save us for holiness for His name sake.

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