Her Name is Glory
Father, I desire those You have given Me
To be with Me where I am.
Then they will see My glory, which you have given Me
Because You loved Me before the world’s foundation.
John 17:24 (HCSB)
I am grieving for my friends – the leaders of the church who pour life into my family. They are the faithful who give their lives to see the Kingdom grow – just like Jesus. They’ve had an unthinkable loss. Their 5 month old niece has gone to the arms of Jesus. From my point of view, they do not deserve this pain. If anyone deserves to be spared it’s them.
Yet, in spite of their broken hearts they proclaim Jesus as Lord and they speak of God’s perfect love and perfect plan.
I want to be like them and I wonder if I would stand firm if faced with the same. I am grateful to not have walked in those shoes. They are not perfect, not without questions, and not without anger. However, they are holding on to Jesus, and his promises, for dear life because that is exactly what he provides.
In their tremendous grief they encourage me because they know there is a home, where life waits in perfect joy and perfect peace and perfect love. It is the Hope of the future that sustains them.
I want to be like them because they are like Him. They know what lies ahead.
Through the honesty of their heartache, they encourage me. It doesn’t seem fair that I would receive a blessing from someone else’s pain. Then I remember Jesus and the pain He suffered so that I could have the greatest blessings; the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. My mind is overwhelmed by it all and my heart cries because there are no appropriate words for any of it.
I would trade this encouragement, and so much more, for this family to not walk in the valley.
It seems that all I can do is grieve with them and carry them to the Throne. But this isn’t true. There is something more I can do to honor them and their testimony.
I can live a life that is more dedicated to Christ and making him known.
I can pledge my life to more faith, more grace and more mercy.
I can commit to a life that is more like him – the One who has given it all for the Hope of Glory.
I will be more like my Savior, who gave it all, so that we might live.
Her name is Glory…and she is.
Praying you Live Like You Know,