The day after my book launch on August 28 my dad, John Williams, passed away. Earlier that week he was so excited about the book and wanted to hear about every detail of the launch. At the launch party, I asked a friend to select a poem from Eyewitness to a Savior and she chose Crossing Over which celebrated the resurrection. As I traveled on the plane to North Carolina that poem and the scripture embedded in it offered me such comfort. During the past six weeks we celebrated dad’s life, supported mom through this difficult transition and took care of my father-in-law, John Gainor, who was gravely ill. Through it all, the Lord provided a reserve of strength, comfort, and reassurance that I needed so desperately. What should have been my darkest days were filled with hope, gratitude and peace. Every day I offer Him praise for the miraculous healing of John Sr. as well as dad who is no longer suffering and confined to a wheelchair but singing God’s praises in that beautiful baritone voice. I know I can face anything with my abiding Lord at my side.
While in Florida, we observed a mother seagull and her babies. My talented photographer and friend Cindy Cooney captured the mother giving a tiny fish to her offspring. This precious moment is an excellent reminder that our Heavenly Father is providing for our every need (not want). He loves us more than we can fathom and He understands the desires of our hearts as well as the necessities of our physical being. Our hope rests in Him and because of His promise to abide with and within us, we can cast off our anxiety and discover His blanket of peace.
Summer is my favorite time to spend outdoors in Minnesota. The humidity is low, birds are singing, and I can get my hands in some dirt. I love to garden and this inspired me to think about growing in our faith. God calls us to walk in obedience and trust Him for direction and outcome. He promises to abide with us and in us always. As I contemplate my book ministry, I want to constantly remind myself that this gift is to honor Him and not glorify myself. Eyewitness to a Savior was written to share the good news of God’s love for His people. Stepping out in faith, I hope to honor Him and I am confident He will provide what is needed to convey this message. As we savor His blessings, seek His will, repent and offer thanksgiving we will blossom in our faith and our true joy will be found in Him.
This week my Facebook and twitter accounts were inactive. This is because I was in North Carolina visiting my parents. Dad has Parkinson’s’ Disease which may have stolen some of his physical abilities but not his sense of humor and perseverance. I loved watching my mom dutifully serve as his advocate, hold his hand, and offer a kiss and encouragement. This brought to mind our Savior’s clear instruction to love one another. Time is fleeting and we may not always have a second chance to express our adoration to those around us. Cherish one another and be thankful for each moment you have together. This is truly a heavenly gift.