Tuesday, April 17, 2012


I feel the weight today of my sweet cousin Kim's heart. Kim buried her brother (my cousin Joe) in February. Her father-in-law died just a few weeks later, and her mother-in-law died this weekend. How much loss can Kim and her family take? Her husband Don losing both parents within a few weeks.....

I read in my devotional this morning that as stinging blows fall on your life, you bleed, you feel the pain, and your soul cries out in agony. You think that these blows are certainly one huge cosmic mistake. And then it talked about how God takes the ruins of our souls and creates blessings from the pain. Some day, some way, we will see God's hand making all things work together for some good. (Romans 8:28)

It is always so hard for us humans to see how His hand can wield anything to treasure from pain so deep that we cannot feel the end of it. What I know to be true is that these assaults do not originate from God. NEVER. The Living God does not smite his children with pain, grief or disease. But when it lands in our lives, I know-----because He promises it in His Word----- that He will redeem the pain. He NEVER wastes it. He can and will mold it and shape it and give us something in return that we would never have had without walking through the bitter, dark valley.

Kim and Don and Benjamin and Austin, I am praying hard that as you journey through yet another dark tunnel of loss, you will feel God's arms around you, and His voice whispering, "I will create good from this. I promise." Hang on. Breathe. Trust the only One who will never fail you. Love you guys......


Cole said...

How absolutely heartbreaking!

I agree with all that you've said though. I can tell you from personal losses, He can bring glorious things from the pain. It may take quite some time to see it, but He will indeed show His faithfulness even in such awful circumstances.

I'll be praying for waves of peace, comfort, and God's love to wash over the four of them continuously so that they may feel themselves nestled in our Daddy's big arms during this season of grief.

Pipsylou said...

I am wondering the same thing this morning. Another friend passed away yesterday. We've been friends for 8 years and her oldest was Lucy's age. Both she and her son died in a car accident.

Just feeling hollow and heavy today.

Thank you for this reminder, and I am praying, praying and praying some more for Kim.