Today a family is grieving their 6 month old baby who died from complications from the flu. Another family is grieving the death of their 5 year old daughter who died in a fire that destroyed their home and injured the mom, dad, and other sibling. Just got word that a plane went down in New Mexico and family members are still uncertain of the condition of their loved one.
We live in a fallen world. A fallen world controlled by the evil one.
I woke up this morning after a night full of troubling dreams - not scary or anything, just dreams where I was not prepared for the things I was supposed to be doing. Kind of like my life. So when my eyes opened this morning early, I was already feeling overwhelmed.
Because of stuff. Non-important stuff.
There are so many things more important than things in our own little worlds. We fret and fume over things that are so trivial. Nothing like trying to decide what to do with the gifts we already bought for our babies who are now celebrating in heaven. Or whether or not to hang their stockings?
Oh my heart.
I can't even try to imagine the ache of these families.
All I know is this: He is faithful to carry us through the things this fallen world throws our way. Faithful to hold when we need to be held.
And knowing that is what keeps me going. That, and knowing that He cares enough to send an encouraging word from a complete stranger just at the exact time it is needed. Even if it was needed because of non-important stuff.
Oh, He's that good.
He's the One who redeems all the ugly stuff. I pray our eyes are open to see it.
To see Him. To feel Him. To trust Him.
Oh Father, only You can take pain away that cuts so deep. Only You can comfort and calm the pain away. Be strong for them today. For those who are grieving loss so great. Please be strong.