Death will never be an easy pill to swallow – even for those of us who believe and hope for eternal life in Heaven. The lack of control and understanding we have as we watch a loved one leave this world is often too much to bear. I’ve experienced the death of grandparents, friends and now my own child and every time it hits me to my core as I realize this life is passing.
Losing a child has brought about an even greater agony as I try to understand what this life is for if my child never really got to experience it. Truly the only comfort is that the Love of God has far greater plans for His children than this challenging, broken life.
As I write on the topic of loss, my heart has been opened up to the millions of other families who have felt this kind of heartbreak. We are all in this together, one way or another we will have to come to grips with the loss of a loved one. In these posts I hope to reveal that even in loss we gain a new kind of love and perspective, one that is everlasting. I love this quote by Teresa of Avila,
“O, how everything that is suffered in love is healed again!”
She gives me hope that we shall be healed again and that Christlike love is always worth the pain. In fact it reminds me of another Teresa, Blessed Mother Teresa who wrote “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” This kind of love is stronger than death.
May these times of loss and life after loss only deepen our love for God and one another.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away.”
– Revelation 21:4
One beautiful day!