Better Than A Hallelujah

Susie is the one with the yellow flower in her hair.
Susie is the one with the yellow flower in her hair.

So I've had a heavy heart lately.... feeling the weight of sweet friends who are going through trials. Last night we received an email from a friend here in Mexico that his dad was kidnapped by some drug cartel. We don't know the whole story but we know that it happened over a week ago, the guys that took him arrived at his work, and they have not heard anything from him since... leaving them little hope that he is still alive. 

 

Crushing. This is real stuff. It doesn't just happen in the movies. 

 

And then their is Julio... fighting for his freedom. He battles to keep his hopes up and clings to the promises of God as he strives to prove his innocence. 

 

And then our sweet friend Susie. Tonight she heads into the hospital to prepare for a craniotomy tomorrow at 7:30am. I am encouraged by their strength and faith in Christ... heading into the unknown of what the future may hold. Some AIA friends threw her a party today back in Ohio... wish we could have been there. 

 

Needless to say, my heart is heavy. As I was driving in the car today back from the store, I listend to Amy Grants "Better Than A Hallelujah".... 

 

I love how she says,

 

"We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah."

 

I am so thankful that we serve a God who listens... a God who wants to hear our pain... who wants us to be real before Him... a God who doesn't want us to hide our fears... I'm thankful that we serve a God who doesn't just listens to our pleas but He answers them...  and when they aren't the answer we were hoping for... He wraps His arms around us and brings peace, comfort, grace and mercy. 

 

 

 

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Comments: 5
  • #1

    terry (Monday, 06 February 2012 16:15)

    sweet truth...believing with you that our agonized prayers are a sweet melody to our great God...

  • #2

    the sears family (Monday, 06 February 2012 16:34)

    thanks for posting this, natalie...thankful for your words and for the truth within it...praying with you...love you guys

  • #3

    Shirley Zona (Monday, 06 February 2012 17:19)

    All so true Natalie. I will continue to pray for Susie especially tomorrow. I know that God is collecting every tear and hears every prayer. Praying that the God of miracles will choose to work one in her. I also have my sister-in-law in Oklahoma praying and she passed Susie's story on to her prayer team....

  • #4

    Nancy Oppito (Monday, 06 February 2012 19:04)

    Wow, SO much! Cast your care unto the Lord. I am praying for you.

  • #5

    Tom McCoppin (Wednesday, 08 February 2012 08:37)

    Natalie,

    I find comfort in the fact that if I trust God and my motives are right, everything will turn out exactly as is supposed to. So let not your heart be heavy and be grateful for our God and his magnificent plan. We love you guys. Tom and Dorothy

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