Friday, January 8, 2010

Living for Heaven

It is one of those days for counting your blessings. The blessing of an ordinary day. Today I was stunned with news that my friends in Uganda just lost their baby girl. She was 3 months old and newly adopted to their family and she got ill and died. Today is also the day my friends in Oregon are having their induction for their 2nd little girl.

Birth and death. Someone is always rejoicing in God, others are being held in the midst of unimaginable pain. "But we know that all things work out for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28

It is hard to accept sometimes. But these glimpses of our mortality are so healthy for us, to not grow complacent in our thoughts, actions, and prayers.

I am thankful for a quiet day to listen to my favorite worship music. Music that in these situations evokes such joy and raw grief, all drawing me closer to God. For the first time today I got to explain death to Caedmon; that our prayers for Baby Jerusalem were answered, Jesus is holding her and she is healthy and filled with joy.

From Hillsong's "You Hold Me Now"

On that day when I see all that you have for me,
When I see you face to face, there surrounded by your grace,
All my fears swept away in the light of your embrace.
Where your love is all I need, and forever I am free

No weeping! No hurt or pain,
No suffering,
You hold me now, you hold me now
No darkness, No sick or lame
No hiding!
You hold me now, you hold me now!

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