Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Prayers for Norway

Norway has always held a special place in my heart. My grandparents lived and worked as missionaries in Norway, outside of Oslo, for 10 years in the 1950s-60s. My mom was born there and her three older siblings spent a large majority of their childhood there. When we visited Norway in 1998 we ate at the restaurant where Mama Jean and Papa Carrel told their four children that they would be leaving Norway and moving to Texas. Mom, at age seven, stood up and gave a very heart-warming speech on how Norway was her country and the Norwegians were her people. Then she refused to speak English for awhile! During our summer visit to Norway, Sis, Thomas and I became good friends with her childhood friends' children. Thomas even picked up a good bit of Norwegian after he spent two days sick in front of the TV. We all left with a special place for Norway in our hearts.

It has been very sobering to see the images of such terrible sadness and violence on the news in such a peaceful and beautiful country.

God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Psalm 46:1-3,7)

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