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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Sad (07/26/07)

TITLE: When Sorrow Turns To Joy
By Anne Harrell


Just last night I received a call that no sister wants ever to get in their lifetime. My baby sister Cathy called to tell me that she had just found out earlier in the day she had cancer of the brain. At first my life seemed to be coming to an end very fast. I wasnít sure I could go on without my baby sister. I really didnít hear what she had to say past her having cancer, unfortunately I had gotten stuck on CANCER.

For the next couple of hours I was very depressed and didnít want to talk to anybody. There just was no soothing me of my first thoughts of my sister is going to die. Cathy and I have been very close over the last few years. We would do anything in the world for each other. My thoughts even went back a few months to some statements I had said that really I didnít mean. I was thinking of just my self not wanting to be hurt.

The unkind insensitive remarks of a couple months before came to my forethought. I was having a problem dealing with one of my closest friends dying of breast cancer. Deep down when it came close to Debbie dying, I could not bring myself to go see her in her last days. Yet Debbie had stayed conscious right up to the second she died. When I had talked with Debbie just a few weeks before she was more worried about what was going on in my household then what was happening to her. She was in a great deal of pain but she never focused on how she went down hill so fast.

Fearing death I even told a very close friend that has been like a brother to me that if anything happens to him donít call me because I just could not bring myself to being with him in his dying moments. God had been working on me painfully since I made those comments. One thing the friend reminded me of that he has stuck beside me
when it came to life and death situations numerous of times yet, I could not do one last thing for him. At first I bucked at his observation but when he came back and told me
that God will give me the grace to get through at that time and not before. I could see
what he was telling me.

I have thought quite a bit about my crude remarks before coming to terms last night after praying that God would give me peace and the grace to get through what ever happens with my sister. Joy came after a period of sadness. After a thunder storm my daughter called me outside to see a rainbow. It had a bright area in the middle of the
rainbow. As I looked at the pictures this morning again I notice that Christ was giving me the serenity that he is in control and will give me the grace for each day to come. The bright spot in the picture had a form of hands holding the rainbow in the sky.

My sadness was turned to joy and peace that maybe my sister is going to be fine. She may be real ill some but she is going to be fine. Christ brought to mind passages from Isaiah 41 and 43 through out the day reminding me that HE STILL IS IN CONTROL. My problem was that I needed to place my cares on His shoulders. His shoulders could handle all my sorrows. I am trusting Christ will hold me through this next few months of pain and sorrow. HE WILL GIVE ME PEACE AND JOY BEYOUND MY UNDERSTANDING.

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Misti Chancellor08/03/07
It's so difficult to hear bad news, but God is there with us through the tough times. I really like the scriptures you mention. They're encouraging. Thanks for sharing your story. (And please tell us if it's a true story so we can be praying for your sister.)
Marilyn Schnepp 08/04/07
It's always difficult to face unpleasant things in life - but God never gives us more than we can handle...and He's always within reach. Thanks for sharing your heartaches with us...and God Bless.
LaNaye Perkins08/05/07
I love the truths that you share in this story. Well done!
c clemons08/07/07
I liked the fact that you, (through the help of Holy Spirit), came to the realization that your attitude was one of selfishness. It is not about you and how you will feel if something bad happens to your love ones but how can you be of service and in so doing make them feel better and yourself in the process. Thanks for sharing.