Nine Days of Survival || Day Nine
Nine Days of Survival:
The Hope of Heaven
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.
The day after Evie’s memorial service was one of the most difficult days of my life. I remember feeling so lost and so empty. I kept repeating to myself, she’s gone ... she’s really, really gone. I could hardly believe that I was commissioned to living out the rest of my days here on earth without her.
The most unbelievable part of that story however, is that her life and Charlie’s life and my life don’t end here. When my babies passed away they were ushered right into the arms of a loving God from whom they will never be separated. They know only perfection and peace and have never cried a tear. Their bodies are whole and they are well.
And one sweet day we will be reunited. Because of what Christ did on the cross and the gift of eternal life He offers, one day I will join them in Heaven. And we will laugh and hold each other and enjoy a forever of what we missed out on here. That day is coming.
When I am tempted to fall into depression and anger over my situation and over having two pieces of my heart missing forever I just remind myself that one day it will not be like this. One day I will see them again. And praise God the old feelings of grief will be gone and we can fully embrace perfection and happiness and peace. One day.
Maybe that should be your mantra today ... one day, it won’t be like this. One day you won’t have this heaviness, this sense of betrayal, this feeling of never measuring up. One day it will all be gone and you will instead feel a sense of wholeness and loveliness and completeness like you never have before. Let that hope – that true, indescribable hope – fill you today.
Dear Lord thank you for the promise of Heaven and for creating a perfect place for us to rest once we have left this earth. We look forward with great expectation to what that life and forever with you will be like. Thank you for loving us that much to create such an amazing place for us. You are awesome, in the truest sense of the word. In Your Name, Amen.
Day One: The Next Right Thing
Day Two: Right Now Everything Is Ok
Day Three: Taking Every Thought Captive
Day Four: Thanking God for His Plan
Day Five: Turning Everything Back to Praise
Day Six: Protecting My Spirit
Day Seven: Sing Praises
Day Eight: It's Not the Worst it Could Be