Friday, February 23, 2007

'Cast down, but not destroyed...'

One month ago today our lives changed forever. Our beloved Joel left us one month ago today. He is free from his pain and suffering, we are left to deal with his absence. It is not easy. We remember and grieve over his loss.
We remember the places he used to be, the things he used to do. We remember how he was at Josiah’s side, how he smiled, and the joy that he was. We remember, but it hurts.
We remember the words of the apostle Paul in II Corinthians, and in our own way we can echo them:

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed, we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken, cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” Verses 7-10

I once heard the phrase, ‘cast down, but not destroyed’, translated as ‘knocked down, but not knocked out’. We have truly been knocked down, but we have not been knocked out. We know that God is in control and is on his throne. We know that he is faithful and true, even in the darkness of this loss.
The Lord Jesus once said, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” In our own very, very small way we can come closer to understanding that than we ever could before January 23. Although what Jesus experienced was far, far beyond our capacity to understand, we have had the emotion of feeling abandoned even by the Lord himself.
But we know he has not….forsaken us. He has carried us one day at a time and we are here, struggling, but we are here. We are seeking Him, and His strength and comfort.
One of my heroes is Betsy Ten Boom, who in the midst of the darkness of a Nazi concentration camp was able to say, “There is no pit so deep, that he is not deeper still.” He is deeper still than this pit. Praise His holy name, He is here with us.
The battle for life continues as we seek to vindicate the truth on Joel’s death certificate. We have found a section of the Oklahoma statutes that may help us, and the doctor is reviewing the situation. Please pray that the truth will prevail. For the sake of the sanctity of life as given by Jehovah God, we must not give up the fight.
Joel fought a good fight, now it is up to us to continue that fight. Blessings to all of you.
From Terry…


suzyok said...

To the Morris Family: I just read your lastest and was touched by it. You all are an inspiration to so many people. Your faith during this trial was so strong and you never lost it. To me that was such an inspiration. I'm so proud to have been able to share this because it made my faith even stronger. Thank you for sharing Suzy

Christal said...

Praise He has not, He has not, and He WILL not ever forsake you, beloved ones.I appreciate your transparancy. I find it amazing that you mention Betsy Ten Boom, as I am reading The Hiding Place aloud to my teenager and we are covering the concentration camp chapters right now. In the midst of their intense distress and suffering, she (and Corrie) was able to give thanks, even. It's such an inspiring and amazing story...and yet we all have our 'own' stories and our own "why's" and things we don't understand. May God continue to hold you close, dear ones, so that you will continue to sense His presence in your pain and loneliness for Joel.May He replace your mourning with His peace one day at a time.

much love, Christal

Lynn said...

Just read the new post and once again the tears flowed. You all are on my mind so much. Please know that not a day goes by that I don't hurt for you and pray the same prayer, that God will begin to soften the sometimes unbearable loss that you're feeling. Just don't ever forget that you have an army of friends and family that are lifting you up and will continue to do so. We love you all and miss you all SO much.
Aunt Lynn

carol.wilder said...

To the Morris Family: I often look at this page for photos of Joel and am just in awe of your devotion to God and his word. You are in inspiration to so many. I think of you often and pray you find comfort in knowing Joel is home with God. Thank you for continuing to share your life and family with so many.

Michelle said...

This evening as I was praying -- I lifted you all up to the Lord. He will be your strength and your comfort ... and is going ahead with this battle. Love to see the photos of Joel ... my hurt aches for me, but joy cometh in the morning! God Bless you all -- Crook Family