And then there was trust

​Last night we sat around the dinner table with friends I’m sure we’ve known forever. They are, by now, heart family. Do you have friends like that – you’ve walked alongside each other though the dark of the deepest valleys and ran with them into places of celebration. 

Reminiscing our past, reflecting on a lifetime of relationship, reminded me of the verse in Galatians 6: 2 that says, Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 

We’ve all gotten older. Forty five years puts thousands of miles of wear and tear on our physical bodies, but in our spirits we are still optimistic about our future. I realized while sitting around that table talking about where we’ve been and how we got to this place – still able to encourage one another – our strength and character come not from ourselves but from our faith in God.  

Life is a contact sport, isn’t it? It can beat us up, throw us into chaos … we are forced to play in the rain … and even though we love the sunshine, even that can cause overwhelming heat. 

Life is like that. We don’t know what we will open our eyes to tomorrow. We know what we expect, pray for what we want, anticipate that our plans will succeed, but we have to be prepared for when life doesn’t make sense. 

Last week in my quiet time I read Psalm 23 in several translations. One of my favorite parts says, “He guides me along right paths,     bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.”

We pray, we plan, we practice – for this life, through all of its uncertainty. In all that praying, planning, and practicing, what really makes a difference is entrusting all that we are and all that we hope for to a certain God. Hebrews 3:14 says, “For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.”

We can trust our unknown future to a known God.


Admit One: What You Must Know When Going to the Hospital But No One Actually Tells You – book summary

My first thought as I finished reading this book was, “Where Was This Text when my family needed to spend time in the hospital?” This book is a reference book of what you need to know about the medical system, before you need to know it. I appreciated the author’s candor in approaching the subject of this book from someone who has a depth of professional experience, to her audience whose surface experience has been on a need-to-know level. As the author says, “There are quite a few things that we, as a healthcare team, assume you know.” She then further says, “I feel like we could do a better job of informing our patients of what to expect.” This book is written from the assumption that you will be a patient in the hospital, or an advocate for someone else who expects to be hospitalized.

The full book  summary is at

This book was easy to read and the pages are filled with exactly what the author intended for readers to learn. What You Must Know When Going to the Hospital is an appropriate title. Anything involving medical situations is going to cause stress. From the outset it’s not just the health of the person, there is the ambush of care details after the illness occurs, and all this can lead to information overload. Kati Kleber thoughtfully included a final section where she asks questions of the reader and then provides pages where you can write your own questions and take notes.