Looking Back & Looking Ahead…

It has been a while since I have read through the first few chapters of my book.  Somehow in re-reading parts of it just now, the story seems almost surreal.  How could all of this have ever happened?  It all feels like a bad dream.  However when I visit or talk with Elaine, it is stark reality.  Her physical and emotional pains throb even in her voice.

Our family continues to try to search for the new normal in all of this.  Actually, it feels more abnormal than normal!  Yet I know in my Christian heart we have to press on and do the best we can.  Elaine is suffering but so is her husband, my mother and I. Others are hurting, too. It is another opportunity to cry out to the Lord and ask for His strength in our weakness.  In times such as these in remembering the tragic events, there is no other place or person to turn to but Jesus.  He understands not only our weaknesses but also our intense sufferings; and even now He is advocating on our behalf to the Father.  Just knowing that fact gives me hope in walking through this ongoing dark night of the soul. One day in His presence, there will be no more tears…..Praise God!

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About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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6 Responses to Looking Back & Looking Ahead…

  1. Tom Fox says:

    Martin,
    You have been a great encourager to me in the past, more than you know. So I want to try and encourage you in return. As you well know, encouragement means little unless you buy into it; purchase it as a great pearl. But first, I want to help you rebuke the word “normal” from your vocabulary. I cannot find that word in the Holy Scriptures. Brother, we are in a life and death battle; there is not a normal on the battlefield. Now the encouragement; notice the base word “courage!” Hear and See by faith, not by the physical. Hear what! – hear the loving voice of our Father God, as He builds you up. See what! – See in your mind’s eye His promises for you.

    Do you have challenges in your life? Daaa! Then see those obstacles move away. Jesus has declared it as possible with faith as a mustard seed. Where do we really live? This body and all of the physical surrounding us is but a type and shadow of what God has planned for us in the everlasting. Be of good cheer for this moment in our lives will pass.

    Therefore, put off discouragement and hopelessness, for they are of the devil.
    Put on the full armor of God, and stand therefore, in your mind’s eye first. See yourself strong, steadfast, able and ready to fight the good fight; and it will be so. See yourself smiling without pain and healed; and it will be so. See yourself prosperous, wise and generous; and it will be so. These are what believers decide to do, because they believe God.

    Martin, there is great strength in your family to overcome obstacles or it would not have been allowed in your paths. You are over-comers!!!

    Tom Fox

  2. Patty Grimes says:

    Martin: Thank goodness for His promises! I’m glad you are blogging about your journey. You are a good and supportive brother to Elaine. God bless. Patty

  3. Anonymous says:

    Martin,
    This manuscript is twofold; it allows you to feel the struggle in the writing. However, it gives an answer to the sorrows we all endure. Jesus is the focal point; that His presence, mercy, comfort and love is connected to the entire family. Examples: Joni’s presence, attending the graduation and friends surrounding Elaine. What a mighty God we serve. May this book bring hope and salvation to others in their pain.

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