Devotions By Jan

Letting Go

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peaceful-state-of-mindScripture for Today: Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

I am not ready to let my Dad go.  Even though he has enjoyed a long life of ninety-two years and suffers from severe dementia, I still want him around.  Regardless of the circumstances and age of a loved one, it always seems too soon to let them go.

I know I am being selfish.  Everything wonderful awaits him in Heaven.  This butterfly reminds me of the new life and new body he is enjoying.  He is now experiencing “astonished joy!”

Our verse for today promises joy and peace for the one who puts their trust in Jesus.  Instead of experiencing despair, God fills the heart with hope.  Even when anticipating death, there is hope.  It is not natural.  It is supernatural and it is the Holy Spirit who produces this hope.  It can only happen through His power.  And it can only happen as we trust in Him.  The more I can trust Him and His plan, the more I can experience the joy and peace coming from this hope.  How can anyone face suffering and death without the sure hope we have in Jesus and the eternal home He has planned?

I am sad.  But there is peace and joy as I think of where my Dad is now, and that one day we will be reunited.  It is never the end.  I thank my wonderful Heavenly Father for this living hope that sustains me.  May this same hope sustain you, the reader, in whatever you are facing today.

 

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6 thoughts on “Letting Go

  1. Praying for you and the whole family

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  2. Sweet tribute to your dad!! xxxooo

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  3. Jan, I love the picture of you and your Dad on Facebook. Goodbyes are hard even though we know we are going to see our loved one again. My parents have been gone for 13 years and I still miss their hugs, their love and affirmation, their excitement in seeing me, Dick, Allison and Garret–even though we lived only 30 minutes away! I miss sitting in their little kitchen as my Mama rolled out her homemade flour tortillas. The list goes on, but thinking about these things put a smile on my face. I’m so glad I get to see them again! Praying for you and your family.

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  4. Beautiful words, mom. It’s always so hard for the ones left behind!

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  5. Jan, we in the Woman’s Bible study and the Retreat Committee at Irvine Community Church are praying this verse for you. What a beautiful picture of you and your dad on Facebook! God Bless and keep you.

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