Leave Me Never by Connie Stevens
Mama always said He did, but Tessa isn't too sure. How many times did Mama tell her God would never leave her or forsake her? Yet, here she is, stuck in Willow Creek, Iowa, with no food, no money, no home, no job. No future. Mama is dead and Papa left in the night without a word of farewell. Wehere are God's promises now? Maybe Papa's right, and she really is worthless - so worhtless even God doesn't care about her.
When Gideon rescued a girl from beating by her own father in the middle of the street, he never expected to find love. His own problems are overwhelming 0 his business is failing and his dreams look more doubtful by the minute. But he can't get Tessa out of his mind.
Maybe the promise to look to is that God works in all things together for good for those who love Him - even when it seems like evil is winning.
"Hide no Thy face far from me...Thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation." Psalm 27: 9 KJV
Gideon approached her with bunch of yellow daisesi and blue cornflowers. "Here." He shuffled his feet and handed her the flowers. "I thought you might like to put these on your mother's grave."
When she lifted her eyes to his face, the tenderness she saw there unsettled her. Other than Mama, she couldn't remember anyone ever defending her or extending kindness to her. She barely knew this man. Only his name. Gideon.
She accepted the wildflowers and mumbled a thank you. Bowing her head, she closed her eyes so she wouldn't have to watch the body of her mother lowered into the hole. Oh, how she longed to feel the comfort of Mama's arms and around her one more time.
She held the flowers to her face while the men filled in the grave. Then she sank to her knees and laid the flowers on the fresh mound. "Mama, " she whispered through her tears. "What am I going to do without you?"
Connie Stevens lives in north Georgia with her husband of over 35 years, John. She and John are active in a variety of capacities in their home church. One cantakerous kitty - misnamed Sweet Pea - allowed them to live in her home. Some of Connie's favorite pastimes include reading, sewing, browsing antique shops, collecting teddy bears, and gardening. She also enjoys making quilts to send to the Caner Teartment Center of American. Visit Connie's website and blog at www.conniestevenswrites.com.
This week's featured book sounds like a tearjerker. What do you do in a situation where you lose someone who is close to you? What are some coping methods that you would use in this type of sitaution when you have no one to turn to?