Saturday, January 27, 2007

We Only Have the Present

No mother should have to bury her child.

This is what I kept thinking yesterday as I sat through a funeral service for a 17-year-old teen, who happened to be the grandson of my co-worker. His senseless murder kept playing on the local TV stations and in the newspapers while a criminal investigation progressed. On the day of his burial, the paper said the police had arrested a 14-year-old for first degree murder. They were still looking for a 24-year-old that was somehow involved.

I couldn’t help weeping for my friend’s pain and I physically felt his mother’s grief as she left the service to regain her composure. I cried again when his aunt began to hyperventilate. She was supposed to sing a song and someone helped her outside. God must have given her the strength she needed, because later she returned and boldly sang the most beautiful song that gave me chills.

This is what God does—when we haven’t the power to go on, He carries us through. I’m sure Mary must have needed this divine strength as she watched her beloved son being crucified.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

How can we show the life that Jesus gives? I believe it is by doing what God has called us to do. While writers may have writing in common, we don’t all write in the same genre or with the same style. We are very distinct in the talent God has given us.

I am starting to notice a pattern in my novels that I didn’t realize until this week. All of my manuscripts include a traumatic or dramatic event in a child’s life that significantly impacts the outcome of the plot. I can’t imagine anything worse than losing a child. And while I thank God we haven’t had to experience this and pray that we never will, I have faced the fear of it. God is developing how He will use my testimony with my daughter through my writing. I have faith that these stories will be published and will reach the people whose lives are meant to be impacted by them.

Do not allow Satan to destroy your dreams. What have you given up? Is there something that God has called you to do? Take advantage of the time you have. The only time you are guaranteed—is the present.

It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; but now you also must complete the doing of it. (2 Corinthians 10-11)


  1. Jennifer, this really hit home with me. Most of us don't realize how quickly life can change until it happens to you - one phone call can take you down a path you never imagined you'd be walking down. I wish more people realized they can't do it alone. I hope that's what our stories will show those who don't know Christ. Thank you for your message today and I'll continue to remember your friend in my prayers.

  2. Jennifer,

    How sad for your co-worker. What I wonder is how can you even breathe after something like that happens....but God steps in and He is our breath....

    Amy Wallace from our ACFW local group has a book coming out in April called Ransom Dreams. (I think that's the name) and she wrote that book with her biggest fear in mind.
    What would happen if I lost my child?

  3. Whew. Jennifer, you took me someplace no one really wants to visit. You're right. There are no guarantees about tomorrow. Sometimes it serves us well to ask, "What if. . ."

  4. I'm so sorry for the loss of that young man. Thank you for sharing his story and his family's story with us. I appreciate the verse very much.