in february, jennifer’s memaw passed away.
in march, her grandma passed away.
just the other day, jarod’s grandfather passed away.
3 griefs in 3 months.
the 1st passing was quite surreal. i fully expected for the weight of reality to hit me when we return to the states in the fall. in the meantime, there was comfort. she claimed Christ.
the 2nd passing was a little bit more of a jolt as i witnessed my own mom’s grief unfold. even before my grandma’s passing, there was pain. then, in her passing, a new struggle emerged. no clear assurance. but still, i steadied myself with the comfort that i’d be able to process and grieve with both my parents.
but… with jarod’s grandpa’s passing, it was like i was whip-lashed into grief. i couldn’t escape the realities of my losses – or the griefs of this world – any longer. even in the joy of knowing we’ll be reunited with him at Jesus’ feet, i’m overwhelmed by the loss our parents are facing now.
i grieve with and for them.
grandpa twinkle-toe’s funeral is tomorrow.
please pray that we would all live and grieve well.
for hope is a light, brightly lit.
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[a] of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,[b] and God himself will be with them as their God.[c]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.”
5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”