“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6-7 ->me: Yesterday I started my next study of 1st and 2nd Peter. As usual, over 2 days I was only able to get through a couple of verses because there is so much packed in here! Today I had the pleasure of having lunch with a dear friend who is 48 years old battling Stage 4 Colon cancer. He told me of an amazing story of this last month when he was flying back from Florida on a long flight next to a distraught couple. When he inquired about their trouble they explained that they were concerned about making a connection through Seattle to Eugene in order to get back to…get this…their 48 year old son who is in hospice in the final days of his fight with, you guessed it -> stage 4 colon cancer. My amazing friend was able to share with them his understanding and was able to encourage them with how awesome it is that their son has a loving mom and dad who love him and want to be back with him during this time. My friend prayed with them and encouraged them from a sincere place of grace and empathy. How amazing is that! What a crazy increasing of faith that ‘may be found to result in a praise, glory and honor at the return of Jesus! I am just so jazzed that God would give me this impromptu lunch today and this retelling of a story that so perfectly fits in with my quiet time!