Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; that my soul may sing praise to thee and not be silent.
Psalm 30: 11-12
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these
words are trustworthy and true."
Welcome to the website of Lettie Kirkpatrick Burress
Welcome to my website! I enjoy my home in beautiful East Tennessee where I write, speak, hike :-), and love my family.
While my custom has previously been to
write an annual website greeting, this time it has actually
been over two years. When I last wrote, my youngest son,
Zane, was serving in Afghanistan. Thankfully, he returned
safely home. But I believe 2012 will still represent for our
family one of the darkest years of our lives.
returned from the war to help bury two of his uncles who
drowned together in Alaska. In those same days, he visited
my husband Phil – in ICU following a massive stroke. Those
losses provide only a glimpse of some horrific days.
Today, 2014, our lives still painfully reflect the tragedies
of 2012. After a year in rehabs and nursing homes, I
brought Phil home in 2013 to oversee his care. The only
writing I have done for a long while is updates for his
“Pray-ers for Phil”.
So what does one do when
the world crashes down and life changes forever . . . again?
Those who have read my book
Glimpses of Grace: Stories of
Hope understand why I would ask this question. In my case, I
cried out, I wrestled, I cried out, I raged, I cried out, I
complained, and finally, I repented.
I cried out. “Please God, say it is
enough. Whatever You are about, it is enough.”
I wrestled. “If You are good, how
could You require this when You could stop it?”
I raged. “How do You choose who
suffers again and again and again?”
I complained. “You have taken from us
all Your blessings. I feel betrayed.”
I repented. “Forgive my refusal to
accept this cup of pain. Help my unbelief.”
Now? We live life moment by moment,
hoping for a happy ending here – knowing we will have one in
eternity. Someday I hope once again to write and speak as
God leads and strength allows. I will do so with fresh
brokenness. Because there are certainly stories to tell.
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Blessings in 2014! And if you need a break, consider our cabin!