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By Karl Terry
Local columnist 

Year has been struggle, but God hears earnest prayers


Last updated 12/24/2021 at 5:06pm

A year ago we appeared to be surfacing from a nasty surge of the pandemic. I was pretty sure brighter days were just around the corner.

Then two days into the new year, I was chasing a helicopter on its way to Lubbock with my wife onboard. I didn’t get her back home with me until March. I wasn’t too sure for a while I would get her home.

At the same time my baby sister was in a hospital waiting on a heart/kidney transplant.

This year started out really bad but it got better.

My wife got home and my sister got her transplant. Truthfully, that was more than enough for Christmas this year as far as I’m concerned.

The pandemic hasn’t left yet; in fact it’s surged back again the last few weeks, even sidelining my mother recently. She’s getting better and I have another Christmas blessing.

Things were tough in business this year. Nothing was like it normally is and sometimes answers were elusive. I never dreamed that so many businesses would work so hard to hire employees. It has truly stressed business owners.

At the same time many businesses have had incredible sales this past year as their neighbors doubled down on shopping locally. That makes me very happy and hopeful for the way things should be.

I’m not going to lie; events of this past year have challenged me at every turn it seems. From the two days I spent in the hospital myself and all the other family health concerns to the struggles of trying to figure things out at work in a year when no one can figure out work anymore. Some days I truly wanted to throw in the towel.

I cried alone a lot this year then took the troubles to God in prayer.

My biggest struggle has always been turning things loose and letting God drive. I am a fixer and think I always have the answers. My answers mostly go out the window when I’m struggling with them in a hospital room or during a pandemic.

I didn’t fix much of anything this past year. In fact, I probably screwed up a lot of things that I didn’t need to be tinkering with.

I’ve been stressed and blessed this year but I know that God answers earnest prayers.

Karl Terry writes for Clovis Media Inc. Contact him at:

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