I was reading the comments last night and it got me to thinking. There is a p.s. I should be adding. One of the many, many ways I have been shown the realness (is that a word?) of God's presence is the peace in my life in spite of the circumstances.
Are things pleasant?
Does that change the peace that "passes all understanding."
I have taken much comfort in the passage in John 14 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." And John 16, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (emphasis mine!)
There is a deep and abiding peace in our lives. I am fed up and worn down. At times I am discouraged. Happiness has never been my goal, nor has an easy life. I know, I believe, I trust, I hope that in each and every difficult circumstance - whether mine or one that touches me because I love the person at it's center - God's glory will shine. His will will be done. His "good and pleasing and perfect will."
Oh, and one final P.S. Or as I used to write back in jr. high....
P.P.S. My sister is dong much better. Thank you to those who have been praying. Please don't stop!