Saturday, July 13, 2013
I confess I'm fighting sad feelings right now. I visited my friend who has Stage 3 pancreatic cancer this morning - she's in a rehab skilled nursing center (is that another name for a nursing home??). She looks awful, and she's very weak. But worse even than the impending loss of her company, my heart breaks because she isn't a Christian, and has been resisting the Lord when I've spoken to her about it. Since her daughter (and 2 other people) were there this morning, I didn't stay long, but plan to go back tomorrow and/or Monday.
God is comforting me, but He's allowing me to feel the grief - God doesn't promise to take away suffering, but to be WITH us THROUGH it, to a place of comfort. Thinking of my friend spending eternity in hell is painful for me. But I know it's the work of the Holy Spirit to convict her of sin and her need for God's forgiveness, and HER responsibility to accept Him.
Although I'm not asking for advice, I wouldn't turn my back on someone saying something. I appreciate you allowing me to express my feelings, and am thankful for those of you who pray.