Friday 19th February

– by C-J Foster

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23

My father died of an auto-immune disease nine years ago, a young man of 67.  There were so many ‘what ifs’ and despite being surrounded by supportive family and friends, I felt very alone, angry and deeply, deeply sad.  It took me a full two years to let go.  It has been in times like these, when trusting God has been both challenging and wonderful.  One day while I was driving home, I listened as God spoke to me and reminded me of His never ending love for my Dad and for me.  I felt full of the fruits of the Spirit; peace filled my heart and soul and I was released from my pain.  The fruits of the Spirit continue to provide me with such a rich tapestry to weave in life.  Every day, but especially during the most difficult times in life, I take heart acknowledging how awesome it is to be in relationship with a God who provides so bountifully, who loves me beyond measure and who never leaves me.

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