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The Blessing of “Normal” When Life is Hard

Advent means starting our day reading Ann Voskamp’s book “Unwrapping the Greatest Gift” in it we were encouraged to think of a family going through a really hard time, a family needing encouragement. They couldn’t think of one. I could think of a couple of families, but they are not on the children’s radar. But I think a survey of the people in our circle of acquaintances would place us at the top of the Family-In-Need-of-Encouragement list. We have our second terminally ill child in as many years, life is sad. Yet they don’t see themselves in a place of need. This made me smile, but also made me think how we’ve managed to do this.

Baby Boy Arc Syndome

ARC syndrome baby

I think one of the reasons is we try to keep things “normal”. We keep on with life. I love the verse in Thessalonians 4:11 ” aspire to lead a quiet life”. There is so much wisdom in this simple verse. The quiet, simplicity, of doing normal life, with it’s regular rhythms brings a reassurance to the lives of children and adults.

I also think one of the reasons the children do not see themselves as suffering is that we try not to wallow in self-pity, or surround them with voices that tell them things are hard. Of course there are sad times, and stressful times but that is not the prevailing spirit in the home.

And this brings nicely to the final point I think is important when life is tough- to laugh. We are silly together. We do silly things. There is a lot of laughter in our home.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22

We have to find a way of laughing, it provides a protection against despair.

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