How would the great work of sanctification go on in a person if they had no trial? Trouble is often the only fire which will burn away the dross that clings to our hearts. Trouble is the pruning–knife which Christ employs in order to make us fruitful in good works. The harvest of the Lord’s field is seldom ripened by sunshine only. It must go through its days of wind and rain and storm.
~ J.C. Ryle
Our family's had a relatively calm, uneventful summer. We've enjoyed the blessing of having our daughter and her husband here with us for a couple weeks, we've enjoyed the fruits of our vegetable garden, we've played at the river and spent lazy days reading book after book.
Today, ten years after the tragedy of September 11, we look back and remember. We mourn for the lives lost and contemplate that, indeed, ten years have passed since that awful day. This summer has been a hard one for families across our nation. Wind and rain and storm and heat and lack of rain have wreaked havoc in the lives of many.
Through the blessings and the trials, may we keep our focus on Christ! May we pray and seek His face that He might heal our land.
Resting in His sovereign mercy,