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.