Even in darkness

The moon over San Francisco, as seen from Fort Point, February 2004

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.”  Psalm 112:4

This photo is posted in gratitude for the ongoing prayers of so many who are following this blog, and in tribute to my beloved husband who is facing grave illness with faith, courage and strength.


  1. God Morning, Julia and family, Thank you for your post this morning and the beautiful visual.
    Praying & petitioning & interceding with you for spiritual insight, clarity in understanding of His Word and calling upon the Holy Spirit to present all needs before the throne of
    El Shadda and Jehovah Jirah – The Lord our Provider – and Jehovah Raph – The Lord
    our healer. i am encouraged today in His Word : Isaiah 57:15, Nehemiah 1:11 & John 17:
    21-23. “Let the words (prayers) of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    Be pleasing in Your sight,
    O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. *Psalm 19:14
    OH, How He Loves us! Peace to you All in Christ Jesus.

    • Good morning, Kate! Thanks so much for your continuing prayers, and for the reminder that God always provides. I pray that your day will be blessed.

  2. Bobby Harris

    I am reading this just as the sun is touching the sky with peach, pink, and purple. God is faithful to his promises as he proves each and every day. Stay strong.

    • Hi Bobby, how delightful to see you here! Thanks for giving me a snapshot of what you are now seeing. Nature has always been the most consistent source of God’s comfort to me. The beauty, diversity and sheer artistry of creation never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for being with us during this trying time.

  3. Mike Carter

    Beautiful shot. Holding you and family in prayer. Where is Ft. Point.?

    • Hi Mike, I’m glad you like the photo. Fort Point sits at the base of the Golden Gate bridge, on the San Francisco shore. It has an interesting history. If you are ever in that city, try to catch one of the FREE candlelight tours given there by the National Park Service. Jeff and I enjoyed the tour one magical weekend, which is when I took this photo. See http://www.nps.gov/fopo/index.htm for more info. Thank you for your prayers.

  4. What a beautiful photo and a great thought, full of hope. In the years I have known you and Jeff the constant faith you both share and lean on has impressed itself upon me more than anything else. I will be keeping you in my prayers. I love you all.

    • Thank you, my faithful and steadfast friend! I will always remember the many times you have been there for me with tears, faith and love through my darkest hours. I especially thank you and Stephen for being there to care for Matt on the night when we first got the dreadful news about Jeff’s illness. I was able to endure the long hours of surgery that night knowing that Matt was being cared for by people who have loved him all his life. We love you too!

  5. Lynn Hayner

    Years ago, God put it on my heart to include your family to my prayer list. Following this blog has made me more faithful to the blessing of being in prayer. Plus, I get to see some beautiful photos! Here in Texas, we have the blessing of a sunny day almost every day, but that can sometimes feels (from a human perspective) as an irony of sorts. The contrast of such sun and blue skies seems stark when someone is traveling a dark road that day. Then again, the contrast itself reminds us of His assurance, doesn’t it?

    • Thank you, Lynn, for keeping our family in prayer. The prayers of the saints have sustained us through many trials. It is especially encouraging to hear from you because I know that you, too, have survived some harsh challenges, and have remained faithful. Thanks for being with us on this journey.

  6. Kathy

    Beautiful photo. I have not taken a good moon shot, much less with a reflection on the water.

    We love you and thank you for your witness: both of your faith, courage, and strength through the nightmare of Jeff’s illness. xx

    • Thanks, Kathy. I don’t know how I managed it without a tripod; it’s just a snapshot, but it brings back lovely memories.

  7. Hi Julia,

    I’m a friend of Megan’s, and I just want you to know that I am praying for you and your family during this difficult time. May God’s peace reign in your life this day.

    • Thank you, Leslie! We take great comfort in knowing others are praying for us, and feel ourselves being sustained by your support. It’s nice to have you visit here – hope you will come back.

  8. Nelda Huie

    Dear Julia,
    I am so sorry about Jeff’s illness. Bill and I will be in earnest prayer for all of you. We have had come to grips with cancer in the past, so can understand something of what you are going through. I know you and Jeff have a strong faith, and will trust in His promises. God bless you! Our Love to all!

    • Thanks Nelda. I have enjoyed hearing from you recently and have been intending to respond to your earlier messages, but as you can imagine, other details have intervened. We really appreciate your friendship and prayers.

  9. Susan

    Thank you Julia for your blog. It is such a blessing and source of encouragement. We can trust and praise God through the storms and still see all of His blessings around us. Blessings to you and your family. – Susan

    • Susan, thanks for your kind words and thoughts. We do have to just trust sometimes and seeing all the blessings, and remembering past mercies, makes it easier. Yesterday in church we sang that song “Reach out to Jesus, he’s reaching out to you” and I whispered to Jeff “when I sing that song now I’m thinking, “Hang on to Jesus, he’s hanging on to you.” He smiled and nodded! I appreciate your visits here and your comments.

  10. Emily Laveder

    Aunt Julia, I was talking to Nannie the other day and as always she was talking about you and Matt and Uncle Jeff. I think she probably spends the majority of her days praying for you all. We were saying we couldn’t believe it had been a year since all of this began. I told her it seemed like much longer. If I feel that, I simply cannot imagine for you how the days have felt. We pray for you and Matt and Uncle Jeff everyday and the boys often ask how he is doing. Tim saw Stan Richardson in Smyrna yesterday and he was asking about Uncle Jeff and says he prays for him daily too. You are a pillar of strength and I know you have walked so nobly through this process. I am amazed with your ability to carry on with a thankful heart. I appreciate you and love you and am thankful for you and the way you love your family. May God continue to lead you.

    • Thank you Emily. Jeff has some really tough things to get through with this next surgery but his strength thus far has been so amazing. I know he is going though all the suffering because he knows how badly Matt and I need him. I told him “thank you for being willing to walk through the fire AGAIN for us” and he just smiled and hugged me. Please be praying for him, his doctors and nurses, and us to get through the next few weeks safely. Love to you and the family.


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