This glowing rose is blooming in my brother-in-law-in-law’s garden in San Diego today. Isn’t it fantastic? Snow on daffodils also has a beauty of its own, but I have to confess…it’s easier to appreciate a gorgeous rose than another lovely snowfall in April. 🙂

This week Alan and I scooted up to Traverse City to help host an Appreciation Dinner for all the hard work our doctors do up there. We had a wonderful evening and came away feeling like we’d met a lot of great people. There had been 10 inches of snow fall and another 5 predicted, so our hospital put us up for the night at the Bay Shore Resort, with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan out our window. We woke up in the morning to a pink sunrise over a lake so serene that it just thrilled my heart and made me feel peaceful.

I returned home to read the frightening news that a dear friend from our chapel, Tom, has a very aggressive lymphoma and the doctors are going to try a stem cell transplant.

It is so easy to appreciate things that are beautiful and make us feel peaceful, but hard to appreciate things that are painful and frightening. Tom sent these thoughts along to all of us with his message about his upcoming treatment:

“It is in our acceptance of what is given that God gives Himself.”

—Elisabeth Elliot

“The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” (Job 1:21)

May I be found appreciating and praising God in the midst of both sunshine and sorrow. May we all experience God giving us Himself as we accept everything He gives us.