Why can't we be blessed through rejoicing? Can't we be molded into the image of Christ through good times? That's how I'd prefer it. Yet, it is through our struggles and our sorrows, reaching up to the Father, that we become more Christ-like. Waiting on Him and trusting Him with our very lives and those of our loved ones, molds our hearts into the shape of His.
A beautiful, servant-hearted woman went home to be with the Lord this weekend. She was ushered into the presence of Jesus by her children and husband singing and praying the Lord's Prayer over her. Her passing was completely unexpected by everyone, except God. Just two days earlier she was celebrating her grandson's adoption. And, for months she has been serving her youngest daughter's family as they navigate the ugliness of brain cancer. She will be greatly missed.
The untimely passing of my brother's mother-in-law has left a void that will not soon be filled. It has solidified in many of our minds and hearts just how precious and fragile life really is.
May the peace of God be with you this week and may the joy of the Lord be your strength.