"The knowledge of redemption does not remove the pain of loss- it only gives it meaning.
Jesus NEVER downplays a person's experience of loss because he is better acquainted with the deep pain of death more than anyone else. He is no stranger to sorrow and He takes it personally when we go through the valley of the shadow of death because He knows the agony that lingers there.
IT TAKES MORE FAITH TO DIE WELL THAN IT DOES TO BE HEALED.
To die well means to continually trust in God's goodness even when your experience of Him is not good.
To die well means to trust that He is up to just as much in His not-healing as He is in His healing.
To die well is to cling to the truest form of faith; relationship and not results.
To die well is to take up the cross that is set before us and follow in the footsteps of a spotless lamb who's love is so relentless that His innocent blood was shed for our sake.
To die well is to trust that there can be just as much joy in the tears as there is in the laughter.
To die well is to firmly state that your circumstances are not your God but instead that you trust in the eternal and ever-present goodness of a close counselor, a loving savior and a good, good Father."
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*This same sister shared a previous journal with us here:
ALL THE WAYS YOU GIVE YOURSELF AWAY