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  • Writer's picturePeggianne Wright

๐‘ฐ๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’“๐’…๐’†๐’

"She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn't recognize Him." ~John 20:14 NLT

Moring after morning, I sat in the early pre-dawn darkness with my 3 pups snuggled on my lap, my hot steaming coffee beside me, and my head bowed in silent prayer, tears gently rolling down my cheeks.ย  I had been struggling -mostly on the inside- with grief for so very long.ย  Over the past many months, I had been dealing with the loss of 2 of our beloved fur-kids, my mother, and then my dad.ย  On top of that my only sibling had initiated an estrangement for reasons only known to him.ย  Every day was a struggle just to get out of bed.

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As was my usual routine, I would rise early each day while it was still dark, curl up in my favourite place on the sofa on our cozy back porch, surrounded by dozens of birds singing their good mornings.ย  Here, I could spend quiet time totally alone, immersed in the teachings of Charles Spurgeon and in prayer.ย  I found much comfort in his texts.ย  I also found solace in listening to my mother's favourite hymn; its lyrics assuring me that I was never alone when I sought God, its melody softly playing in the orange-pink dawn light.

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"๐—œ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒย ๐˜๐—ผย ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒย ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ปย ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ, ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒย ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒย ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜„ย ๐—ถ๐˜€ย ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—น๐—นย ๐—ผ๐—ปย ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒย ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€.ย  ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑย ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒย ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒย ๐—œย ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ, ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ดย ๐—ผ๐—ปย ๐—บ๐˜†ย ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒย ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ปย ๐—ผ๐—ณย ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑย ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€." (๐—œ๐—ปย ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒย ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป, ๐—–. ๐—”๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ปย ๐— ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€, ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ)

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In our lifetime, some may be especially blessed to encounter the Lord in some tangible way.ย  The more we immerse ourselves in His Word, the moreย His presence will surround us.ย  But, one morning, as I sat in solitude, I truly felt His calming, peaceful presence with me.ย  Unlike the song lyrics or Mary's encounter, there were no words, no discourse or conversation, just an immense and profound feeling that He was sitting there with me, a shadowed image sitting across from me.ย  For a moment, it was just as Mary experienced outside the tomb of Jesus.ย  For a fleeting moment, she didn't recognize Him.ย  But, at the sound of His voice saying her name, she knew it was Him!ย  "๐™…๐™š๐™จ๐™ช๐™จย ๐™จ๐™–๐™ž๐™™ย ๐™ฉ๐™คย ๐™๐™š๐™ง, "๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ!" ๐™Ž๐™๐™šย ๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ฃ๐™š๐™™ย ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ย ๐™จ๐™–๐™ž๐™™ย ๐™ฉ๐™คย ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™ข, "๐™๐™–๐™—๐™—๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž!" (๐™ฌ๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ย ๐™ž๐™จย ๐™ฉ๐™คย ๐™จ๐™–๐™ฎ, ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™ง)" ~๐™…๐™ค๐™๐™ฃย 20:16 ๐™‰๐™†๐™…๐™‘

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In that moment on my back porch, words weren't necessary.ย  My heart felt at peace and held an understanding that had been lacking for so many months on end.ย  The reassurance I felt that morning was intense.ย 

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"He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share, as we tarry there, none other has ever known."

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Naturally, since that blessed morning -of which I've never spoken until this moment-, there have been hard days;ย days where I questioned God's plan and timing.ย  But, as ๐™‹๐™จ๐™–๐™ก๐™ขย 27:14 (๐™‰๐™„๐™‘) reminds us, "๐™’๐™–๐™ž๐™ฉย ๐™›๐™ค๐™งย ๐™ฉ๐™๐™šย ๐™‡๐™Š๐™๐˜ฟ; ๐™—๐™šย ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œย ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ย ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™šย ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉย ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ย ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ž๐™ฉย ๐™›๐™ค๐™งย ๐™ฉ๐™๐™šย ๐™‡๐™Š๐™๐˜ฟ."ย  So, when I encounter a setback or tough situation, I think back to that pre-dawn morning on my back porch and draw strength and courage from knowing that my King and Saviour walks with me every moment I draw breath.

๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿพ

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Paws To Pray

Heavenly Father,


Among Your greatest gifts, we are all blessed in knowing that You walk along side us in our every step of life.ย  We pray, Lord, that no matter how we encounter You, whether through Your Word, a sign, a feeling, or a voice in our hearts, we hold tightly to those moments and draw strength and courage from them when difficulties and challenges arise.ย  We give thanks, Father, that Your presence surrounds us, as we walk through the garden of life.


In Jesusโ€™ Heavenly Name we pray,

Amen.



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dashgast
a day ago

As always, your words bring comfort and encouragement to listen to the voice of Jesus.

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