There are definitely seasons in life when you think: How in the WORLD do people make it without God?
The truth is, in short, that they don't.
When you feel a bit clobbered, it is knowing that this is all but a vapor. Life here is NOT the main goal of our "lives." Our goal is to spend eternity with Jesus.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Oh I praise the Lord for everlasting life.
I also thank the Lord for friends that stand alongside you on this path of life. Whether it be faraway friends checking in or friends close-by who (1) see you struggling and take 75% of your children for the day so you can regroup and not be alone or (2) a friend who leaves a surprise journal-coloring-book in your car to have a little bit of a God-hug.
This is the type of thing that feels SO sad and SO hard right now. My cousin Ryan and his wife Bri, on a flight from the West Coast with their son, Caleb, wrote this about preparing to travel for Uncle Jeff's funeral:
Look at the comment underneath the post from Becky. Becky Conteras is Bri's sister-in-law. Shortly after she penned this, she collapsed and died. HOW do people handle grief this BIG without God?
And at the same time, we have gotten to the bottom of my only-remaining-grandparent's end-of-life in Michigan. She has a benign brain tumor but it is pushing on all parts of the brain -- coupled with her dementia, she is really not at all aware of herself or her surroundings. She is currently in the hospital and work will begin to get her transferred somewhere that can care for her in her final days. I am praying that Jesus just takes her home before this.
Off in the morning for Chicago ...
Wendi, this is so, so heavy. May our God, who mourns with you, and who is the Only one strong enough, carry you and your burdens in these painful days. <3
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