Wow. What a weekend. Brad & I were blessed to be surrounded by a couple hundred of our closest friends & family (some friends, some family & a whole lot of Aggies) this past Friday, Saturday & Sunday. We spent time in song, time in scripture, time in communion with one another & time in prayer.
Even the entire group of Soul Union was able to be in attendence...I can't express how excited Brad was about that fact. I think he & Zeke may be Soul Union's all-time biggest fans. One of their favorite things to do is sit in the car together, turn on the Soul Union cd & sing to it at the top of their lungs...it is hysterical.
Although we were not able to spend a great deal of time talking to everyone individually, it was so encouraging to just be in the presence of all our friends while we shared time with the Lord. I loved sitting in my seat, hearing the beautiful voices of all our friends/looking to my right to see the Dyer's, looking in front to see the Schneider's/ Dennis' /Buchannon's, to my left to see the Fikes'/Winter's/Dayton's/Myrt, Kelly, Bob & everyone else.... it was such a comforting feeling just to be in your presence. We enjoy nothing more than to be with each of you, in the moment, sharing life with you.
I have been asked over & over recently how we are able to keep going when it seems that the obstacles keep presenting themselves. I have realized recently that it is through this entire struggle we have been carried. You, our family, our dearest friends have literally carried us through the most difficult time in our life. You have been there for us every step of the way & I want you to know how comforted we have been by each of you.
God's love is evident in you & that love is much greater than the pain. Through the obstacles we have been given the opportunity to see God's love in a way that we never realized before this experience. Through the suffering, our relationships have strengthened. I feel closer to God more than ever before. The struggles have given way to opportunity to receive love in a way that was not possible before this experience & through it our eyes have been opened to the true glory of God.
The love that was evidenced this weekend will carry us through the months ahead. Mike's passionate song leading, Darrin's hopeful scripture reading, & Chris' fervent, pleading prayer will be in the forefront of my mind. Our family was uplifted this weekend & God heard our prayers. I am anxiously awaiting God's miraculous healing on Brad. I cannot wait to meet together again in the months ahead for the "Praise Party" (as Shebre named it) where we will celebrate the awesome healing power of He who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.