15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15. ESV.)
First, I rejoiced with a lovely lady celebrating her beloved child’s first birthday! Next, I delighted in the arrival of another wonderful lady’s beautiful infant. Then, on Wednesday and Thursday, I wept for a cherished tiny soul that left this world on Tuesday evening.
Three little lives. All three, so very precious.
I cannot help but think of Revelation 21 which says,
4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4. ESV.)My hope is in the Lord.
Is there any doubt as to why? Who would not want no more pain, suffering, sadness, and death?
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
5And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
(Revelation 21:1-8. ESV.)
A year or so ago, I wrote a piece which was faith based. And, I posted it to a public site. Within seconds, nanoseconds, it was flagged. When I read as to why it got flagged it said, “This may be offensive to some.” What? Why? I did not bash anyone. I did not compose hateful words. I did not call names, slander, or use profanity. I did not write a graphic, provocative love scene. They were soft words. Why is the amazing grace and love of God and Christ Jesus, which are so insanely beautiful, so offensive to some? I do not understand. Nor will I…ever. God, and His miracles, are breathtaking and indescribable. I have seen them first hand.
Adalie Grace. I love you! I never got to meet you, in person. I was hoping to in the next few days but God called you home…and His timing is perfect. I knew you in your mother’s womb. So, I guess we did meet in person, actually. And, I look forward to seeing you, again, one day. Your incredible family shared you with me, and others, for the miraculous 111 days your light shined on this earth. Most of those mornings, for me, began in God’s Word and then seeing your sweet face in pictures, and sometimes video. My life is all the better because of it. I am truly thankful I got to know you…even though my heart is sad now. You are, and always will be, dearly missed. So, for now, I say, “See you later, gator.” Until we meet again. I love you.