Monday, October 29, 2007

Life Is Hard - God Is Good

I haven't been on here in a really long time so I'm not sure anyone still reads this little blog of mine. I've been making an effort to listen more and talk/type less. My heart can't hold the pain of today so I have to write it and let it out.

Life isn't fair. We all learned that early on in life on the elementary school playground. It’s funny how we still want life to be fair, at least when it comes to bad things not happening to good people. On her way home from church last night, Ashley Au (graduating class of 2007), a former student of mine, was killed in a car accident last night. You may have heard the news reports of the terrible accident on Highway 169 Sunday night. A car was merging onto the highway and clipped her back bumper which spun her into the path of an SUV which t-boned her car. She died around 11 pm last night. She was such a great person! She loved life and lived it so well. Even more than she loved life though, she loved her Lord, Jesus Christ. She was a tiny little spunky thing, but a mighty force athletically and spiritually. Her smile and laughter were that infectious kind and it didn’t matter whether you knew what was so funny or not, you couldn’t help but laugh along. She had a heart bigger than this world could contain.

Today students, faculty, staff, and graduates have held each other while we cried, remembered, smiled, laughed, and tried to just make it through the day. We’re holding strong to the fact that Ashley is now in Heaven and she’s getting the praise party started and waiting for us all to join her someday.

Peace has come today from Psalm 84 and the following song:

1 How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! 2 My soul yearns, even faints,for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. … 5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Tears, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. … 10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12 LORD Almighty, blessed are those who trust in you.

Life Is Hard (God Is Good)
by Pam Thum

You turn the key
Then close the door behind you
Drop your bags on the floor
You reach for the light
But there's darkness deep inside
And you can't take it anymore

'Cause sometimes living takes the life out of you
And sometimes living is all you can do

Life is hard, the world is cold
We're barely young and then we're old
But every falling tear is always understood
Yes, life is hard, but God is good

You start to cry
'Cause you've been strong for so long
And that's not how you feel
You try to pray
But there's nothing left to say
So you just quietly kneel

In the silence of all that you face
God will give you His mercy and grace

Jesus never said
It was an easy road to travel
He only said that you would never be alone
So when your last thread of hope
Begins to come unraveled
Don't give up, He walks beside you
On this journey home and He knows

Life is hard, the world is cold
We're barely young and then we're old
But every falling tear is always understood
Yes, life is hard, but God is good