Blessing Amid Sorrow

If you’ve dropped by the blog in the past few days, you know we’ve had a difficult week. Saying good-bye to my friend Amy and her son Kyler has been heartbreaking, but I wanted to let you know that God has been busy being the loving heavenly Father we know Him to be. We felt His touch at many times this past week, and I’m sure the Blaggs could give example after example of His tender love and sustaining grace. I guess you could call it blessing amid sorrow.

One of the blessings of the week came to us all the way from Texas. Mike Myers, minister of Beautiful Feet in inner city Ft. Worth, traveled to Kansas along with Glen, another “Feeter”, to offer comfort and support to Amy’s family as well as our church family. If you read my post honoring Amy, you already understand why.

Brent and Amy and many others from our church have many times made the January trek to Texas to serve alongside Mike and all the Feeters who are daily ministering to the needs of the homeless and inner city folks in Ft. Worth. This time Mike came to stand with us — to serve and minister to those who have stood with him in Ft. Worth. After all, he and Glen and all the Feeters consider us family.

What a blessing to have these special friends travel a long distance to let Amy and Kyler’s family — and the church family — know they’re hurting with us. What a blessing to have them stay in our home and enjoy that extra time of sharing. What a blessing to be in the family of God.

Yes, blessing amid sorrow. And this is just one such story. We have a Father who looks on us with compassion, who acts in response to the cries of His children. And oh, when I think of the distance that Jesus traveled so that we could be with Him forever… What love!

“Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.” Lamentations 3:32-33

**Tara is doing very well! The doctors had originally said she’d be in the hospital for a few weeks, but the day of the funeral we heard she may be released in a few days. Thanks for the prayers!


  1. Thank you for honoring our good God amidst great sorrow. God IS always at work in the good and bad of life.

    Isaiah 53:4 “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.”

    May the Lord continue to comfort you all.

  2. Girlfriend! I LIVE in Fort Worth! If you make the trek down here again, you’d better let me know. Perhaps I can serve alongside you!

    Hugs from afar, Cheryl,

  3. Nancy, thanks for reminding me of that scripture — He DOES carry our sorrows. I think the only way we get through the most difficult times is the fact that He carries us through them.

    Melinda! How exciting! That would be great if you could serve alongside us the weekend we come down (usually the weekend after Martin Luther King day but not always). I’ll let you know if we’re able to make it this next year. It would be great to meet you. And thanks for the hugs — I need them right now!

  4. Continuing to hold you in my heart as you traverse these shifting sands of grief. I pray you find time to rest with the Lord on the shores of his love this week.


  5. Your posts have been poignant…we get a little sense of who these 2 people were during their time on earth…thank you for sharing and thank you for faithfully showing God never leaves us or forsakes us, He is with us always and His love, mercy, and grace never end.


  6. Grief is a long trek. I continue to pray for you and Amy’s family. Blessings friend.

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