Wow, so many of you poured out love and grace on my post in your comments to Kara Tippetts. Thank you for that. Such grace. Thousands are praying for this dear one and her family.
Oh but dear ones, a comment that stood out to me: “Do not doubt for a minute that God is using your story to touch lives.” So.True. And from another comment: Isaiah 55:12, “For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace.” Is it foolish for me to pray like David did (2 Samuel 12:16-23)??
I know David’s suffering was under completely different circumstances, but I will continue to pray and plead for healing for Kara. I rend my clothes and cry out and beg for her life. And if she stays, I will get up and praise God.
And if she goes… I will still get up and praise God.
But right now, all I can do is ask.
And if you she goes home soon, I will praise God, knowing that she will not return to us, but we will go to her.
But there is another side to the comments that saddens me a bit: there is a sense of awe, wonder, and celebrity other-worldliness in some’s response to Kara’s journey. At least one woman gushed that Kara is her idol.
And I’m here to tell you a radical truth: WE CAN ALL CATCH WHAT KARA’S GOT.
Not cancer, no…
I’m talking about the peace and hope and assurance of a life walked in faith. It’s available to you.
Have you marveled at Kara’s grace and peace? She did not stumble on it; she wasn’t born with it; it’s a life cultivated by walking with Jesus. And you can experience it too.
Maybe you’re already feeling your Christmas hope diminishing or your New Year’s resolve fading, but God is still constant, waiting, eager for relationship with you. You are not too far gone. You are not so ice-cold or luke-warm that He cannot reach you. So if you’ve wandered, come back to Him. And if you have never truly entered a relationship with Him, here’s a great starting point that explains what that means and how to do it.
…Meanwhile, I have a giveaway to which to attend! The two winners of the Kara Tippetts’ The Hardest Peace book giveaway are…
Jewels from Everett, Washington, and Michelle from Chantilly, Virginia! Congratulations to you ladies, and I hope you will enjoy and share Kara’s book.
Reblogged this on Una Vita Bella and commented:
If you haven’t heard about Kara Tippetts and the amazing grace with which she is living life with cancer you will want to read this post, find her blog and book AND find the peace and comfort that’s waiting for you in God’s love shown so wonderfully by her example!
Very well said, Gina!
What a beautiful post. You are so right, everyone would want to catch what she has, such Grace and Peace through her circumstance and suffering.
Through the eyes of our flesh, her situation can seem so sad and hopeless.
You so graciously reminded the reader of how our Peace, Hope and the Grace to endure such trials is not from this world, but is waiting for us through a relationship with Christ, and it will continue into eternity!
But until then, never give up on the assurance of our faith in the Omnicient, Omnipresent, all powerful Creator of all life. After all, He IS in the healing business, whether this side of heaven or the other.
You are a blessing to me!