Life in a word?

Stormy.

I wrote a poem years ago about clinging to the rock in the middle of the raging waters of life. My friend Lisa wrote a song based on that now-lost poem (it lived on a hard drive that’s long gone), and I hope someday to hear her sing that song in person. At the time I wrote that poem, nearly nothing in life was going as I thought it should. The Lord was reminding me by speaking through His truth in my heart, saying “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”

Lately, as our family has faced one trial after another, I’ve been remembering the other times where clinging to the rock was all that kept us from drowning in the sea of life raging around us. That’s where I am now, in that place that demands I cling or drown.

I choose to cling. Jesus has never failed me, even when I don’t like what life brings, he never, ever fails to go through it with me. I remember some lyrics another friend, Michelle, wrote a long time back, “sometimes he calms the storm, and sometimes he calms the child.” Even as the storm rages in my family – mostly in the area of health concerns for several of us, but there are ripples into most other areas as well – I trust that God has a plan for this season, and that it will be for our good and his glory. There are honestly times I can’t see past the stormy wind in my face, but God is there, has been always there, will always be there. He gives me the strength to hang on, and he holds onto me keeping me safely in his grip.

If you were so inclined, prayers for us are greatly appreciated.

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  1. johny b
    January 8, 2007 at 7:55 pm #

    it is always an honor and a true privilege to being for you and your family, patti.

    you can count on me to lift you up daily.

  2. Lisa
    January 19, 2007 at 12:04 am #

    I hope to get your song recorded VERY soon. I think it might be someone else singing it though…but I promise it will still be awesome. I am sending you a copy of your original email, which yes, I still have. “Rock In the Middle” was the first song I wrote, and I thought it was important to keep the email to remember the inspiration for the song. :) Love you and am praying! Lisa

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