As Michael Card reminds us in A Violent Grace, “He was willing to lose all that we might win all.” No crucifixion, no way to the Father. If there were no heart-wrenching agony, you would never know that Jesus stands with you through any suffering and temptation you face (Hebrews 2:18).
This truth transforms every sorrow into an opportunity for true intimacy and worship. It is in our pain that we “learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing in his death” (Philippians 3:10). — The iWorship Daily Devotional Bible
For the Lord does not abandon anyone forever. Though be brings grief, he also shows compassion according to the greatness of his unfailing love. — Lamentations 3:31-32
My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.
To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…
Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again. — My only statement. My brothers’ are also online. Thank you for all your kindness, and goodbye for awhile guys. xo (via zeldawilliams)
He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the lord who heals you.” — Exodus 15:26 NLT
Look to the world and you will be distressed, look within and you will be depressed, but look to Christ and you will be at rest. — Corrie ten Boom