John Stanley Cross
June 18, 1930 – November 16, 2015
I do not grieve as those who have no hope for I know I will see him again. But oh how I grieve. My Daddy was the strongest and bravest man I ever knew. He demonstrated to me over and over again the father heart of God. There are no adequate words to describe my loss.
I love you Daddy! I miss you so much!
My employer Vivian, who I am also blessed to call a dear friend, needed to retreat to the the beauty of the Maine outdoors last weekend to unwind, be rejuvenated and renewed. She finds great strength in being out in nature. She took this gorgeous picture in Baxter State Park and agreed to let me share it.
It is so beautiful and peaceful and brings to mind Psalm 123:1, “I will lift my eyes to you, you whose throne is in heaven.”
It also makes me think of this song by Bebo Norman that the Lord has used to comfort me many times. As you listen and look upon God’s magnificent creation in Vivian’s photo, may you find His peace and comfort as you face the mountains you can’t climb.
God, my God, I cry out
Your beloved needs you now
God be near, calm my fear
And take my doubt
Your kindness is what pulls me up
Your love is all that draws me in
Changes and a Challenge
I joined in the challenge from Leading & Loving It to read the Bible in 90 Days this summer. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never read through the entire Bible. (My father is on his 16th reading this year!) On Monday I started Genesis and am actually a day head of the reading schedule because I’m enjoying it so much. Every morning this week while I am putting on my make-up and then while I’m driving to work, I have been listening via the You Version app. Each evening I’ve been reading a portion before I go to bed. I am so grateful how the Holy Spirit is using hearing and reading the Bible in my life this week. I’m excited to see what changes await as, by His grace, I continue immersing myself in His Word.