I wrote about the harvest during fall, but I want to add to that post.  On a farm show this las Sunday, and in an article this week, I learned of a remarkable farmer, Laurie Hayn, of Indiana.  There can be unbelievable accidents in farming which adds so much to the “cost” incurred in providing food.  Laurie climbed out of her tractor and was hit by the combine.  In an instant, she had lost her left arm and leg!  She managed to live through this terrible tragedy.  Currently, she is in therapy and waiting for her prosthetics.

Why have I told you this story?  Partly because it is an extraordinary story of faith.  Laurie says, “I’ve always had faith, but it is tenfold compared to what it was [in the past].  I know I’m here because of him”.  We all have trials in life, albeit perhaps not as serious as hers.  But if we have faith in the Lord, he will see you through.  Laurie’s story is one of trust and belief.

Laurie believes in the power of her faith to heal.  As she copes with her new body, she knows that her life has purpose.  There is a note hanging in her house which reads, “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 20:26).  God’s love and grace has been with her throughout this tragedy, and she is left with faith and love in God.

I pray that this amazing story of “faith, hope, and love” (1 Corinthians 13:13) will give you strength as you battle your daily difficulties.  Lord, let us always have faith to carry on, no matter what struggles we face.  We are surrounded by your love.  Help us realize that we are here because of you, and that our life has meaning.  Thank you, Lord, for your gift of life and love.  Amen.

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