Trinity's Advent Calendar - December 9
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Barbara Barrons

This is an old but true story that happened to me about fifty years ago.  Bill and I were living in tiny St. Louis, MI, where Bill was city manager.  I was a stay at home mom with a four year old boy and a new baby girl.  Everything seemed perfect in our lives but I was very unhappy because I was suffering from post-partum depression.

We had lived in St. Louis long enough to love our little United Methodist Church and I was involved in a very early morning Bible study.  I was learning more and more about God and prayer.   I chose the basement as a place to pray at home. 

One day I tried to say the Lord’s Prayer using different words and I told God about all my sad thoughts.  All of a sudden I knew God was with me because I heard these words in my head (which I will never forget).  He said to me, “No matter what happens, everything will be okay.”  As I remember, this all seemed so normal.  No bells went off; it was like talking to my mother.  But only God and I were there in our basement.  I didn’t know what to do, so I ran upstairs and called my church friend Loraine.  She believed me and was excited for me.  I still felt like the normal me, but with this precious God given message.

Over the years I have come to appreciate this message more than I could ever imagine.  It has been the rock that has helped me get through life.  When I doubt something, it is something to cling to.  I don’t know why God talked to me like this; probably He knew I would always need His words of encouragement.
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