tombstone

kissing (Good bye)
missing
letting go of her Daddy’s hand

stumbling
crumbling
this isn’t what she planned

falling
Calling
Others come to share the load

grieving
Believing
There’s more to life than what she knows

aching
…It’s excruciating
For the beauty of what was lost

Smiling
Realizing
The gain outweighs the loss

Wondering
Pondering
but the mind gives way to heart

feeling
reeling
sometimes light gives way to dark

Hoping
Coping
Breathing through each day

Praying
Staying
On her knees to weep and pray

Rising
Trying
Walking as one renewed

Lifted
Gifted
By the God who makes all things new
Yes, He makes all things new

Revelation 21: 1-5 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘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.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

For Andrea who just lost her Dad on Thursday. A year ago this week she had lost her brother. It’s been a really tough year for her family. As I prayed, the poem spilled out…just some visuals of grief and the process of letting go of and holding on to those we love. Love that she’s holding on to the hope offered in the verse above. And that her brother and Dad are on the other side, weeping no more!