‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelations 21:4
This past month death has deeply affected two of my closest friends. Not even a year ago, their siblings heard the dreaded and scary words: “You have cancer”.
In this questable time of life, I have had the amazing privilege to walk along with my friends as they loved and prayed for their loved ones. To witness their courage as they seen and felt suffering and heartache insert themselves over their family. In the scary moments of uncertainty, they bravely prayed and hoped for healing from the Healer for the ones they love so deeply.
Even with the ups and downs of the rollercoaster ride caused by the awful disease that cancer is, my beautiful friends knew where to turn, where to hang their sorrows and questions of “why”. Why does my brother have to suffer? Why does my sister have to live through this pain? Why does cancer have to attack my family? Why them and not me?
The “whys” can damage the soul and shake the faith of even the strongest Christ-Follower. The whys whispered by the one who wants to oppress us so we will walk away from the Truth.
Can I tell you what I witnessed in the valley of pain and the “whys” from my friends? I witnessed beautiful moments. I witnessed two godly sisters in Christ lean, pray and pour out their faith in God. His love was the source of strength and courage to my friends. The more suffering poured out on their siblings, the more my precious friends clung to our God and His promises. His balm, the healing power of our Savior charged them in courage.
Courage to know God is in control.
Courage in El Shaddai, God of grace.
Courage in Jehovah-Rapha, the Healer.
Courage in Abba, our Father.
In the end, God did heal their loved ones of the awful disease, but not on this earth but with Him in Heaven. He wiped away their tears and washed away their pain. There is no more mourning and sorrow. They are made brand new in Him. Today they celebrate their new life as they worship their Creator in Glory.
So, I dedicate this blog post to Lawrence and Laura, children of God. Their lives, love, and faithfulness will not be forgotten by their sisters, Kathleen and Kathryne or by so many others that shared life with them. I love you, Kathleen and Kathryne. Thank you for your strength and testament of your faith in our Lord. I pray God’s continual peace over you and your family.