*Dedicated to Krysta, a sister in Christ that I never met, but with whom I was connected to by God’s Grace. Play your harp today in Heaven sweet little Krysta. Jon and Cindy, my prayers go out to you and your family today.*
Story of the day: Death is never easy
Any loss of life, brings us sadness. There isn’t a prescription for the right response to suffering, just as there isn’t a magic cure for a person that’s going through the pain. Those that have died, have left, and we are missing them. So when we are faced head on with these feelings, what do we do? How do we find peace or joy? When I answered this question a few years ago, after losing my grandmother, I was able to find peace and joy from the love that people shared. They didn’t have to say a word, just knowing that they were there and that they cared, spoke volumes to me. Here’s a little story that I found in a short story titled Joy in the Midst of Grief. Author Dennis Fisher writes:
After only a few art lessons, 10-year-old Joel decided to try his hand at painting a flower. By looking at a color photograph of a Rose of Sharon, Joel was able to paint a beautiful mixture of blue purple, red, green, and white. This made the flower, which had been photographed on the day Joel’s Aunt died, seem to come to life. To the family, his painting, symbolized a bittersweet mixture of feelings. While it provided a lasting reminder of the loss they had suffered, it also carried a celebration of life and how it was able to give joy in the midst of their grieving.
Grieving can be like that. While there is sadness in looking back, it also includes a promise of joy in trusting God for the future. Even in a devastating loss, we have this hope: The Lord provides joy in the midst of grief.
Quote of the day: McNeil
“Even in the bleakest times, Christians have the brightest hope.”
Bible verse of the day: John 11:35
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for life. It is so precious and often taken for granted. Death is never easy and not knowing what to say can be difficult, so not saying anything is okay. Father, I pray for those going through this right now. May Your comfort pass through each of them and Your Love covers all of their hurt that they are feeling. I pray that they too can find joy, even in the middle of their grieving. I love You Father and I am so thankful for this blessed day!
In Jesus Name I pray,