Faith Notes summer blog tour

On our earthly pilgrimage, we often come to a point of decision where we must choose whether to go forward or back. This summer I came to such a point with writing this column. So many of you have kindly encouraged me at the grocery store, the library, or walking down the street that I decided not only to keep going but to kick it up a notch with a summer blog tour! Over the next six weeks, six fellow members of the Redbud Writers Guild are scheduled to host Faith Notes as I share about “Trusting God When Life Hurts.” Then three friends will share here about their own experiences with trusting God, before I wrap up the series here at the end of August. Each week, I will introduce the featured host blogger here so you can join along.

Why trusting God when life hurts? Because this has been a major struggle in my own life over the past four years. I hope that what I have learned will help you on your own journey. No, it hasn’t been easy, but few journeys that matter ever are.

Trusting God when life hurts, Act I

I never once felt as if my mother was dying. Perhaps she was trying to protect me, as my neighbor suggested. Perhaps I was in denial, despite knowing that the cancer had spread from her liver to her bones and that in such cases less than 2 percent of patients survive two years. Perhaps it was due to her abiding faith—and mine—that God would, or at least could, heal her.

Either way, last winter when I buckled in my 18-month-old son, Ezra, in his car seat to drive from my home in Maine to visit my mom in the Connecticut nursing home where she’d gone to recuperate from a small fracture, I had no idea that the next morning would be her last.

To read more, please follow along at Callie Glorioso Mays’s blog “This Glorious Maze.”

Meadow Rue Merrill

About Meadow Rue Merrill

Wife, mom, writer, friend, advocate for orphans and people with disabilities, sharing God in my everyday world through “Faith Notes.”