A Prayer of Loss
Yesterday I stood at a greeting card display. In one hand a card for a mother who will soon birth her first child – in the other, one for friends who buried their only son today. In one hand life – the other death. The one hand is carefree – the other so burdened it can scarce stand to bear the truth it confirms. The one exclaims, “I rejoice with you!” and the other whispers, “I mourn.”
So is life. A continual ebb and flow of coming and going. Arrival and departure. Joy and pain. We are never ready for our loved ones to leave us, whether they be fresh from You or well-advanced in years. You have set it within our hearts to long for eternity. Eternity with You and with one another.
And so today I worship. Not because I rejoice in suffering but in spite of it. I worship because there is one thing I know – You have provided the eternity for which we long. Many shake their fists in Your face when loved ones leave us when in truth, You are the One who made a way for us to never have to say goodbye. Satan came to kill, steal, destroy, and eternally separate. You made remedy through the spilled blood of Your only Beloved Son. You are the Compassionate One who understands separation because You experienced it with Your own child on that dark day at Golgotha . What was the reunion like when Jesus finally returned home? My mind wonders and anticipates….
There have been so many ‘why’s’ in the past few days, so much anger for a loss friends and family can’t comprehend. Dearest Father, may the words you sent my own heart in Job be the words for this family and community I so dearly love:
If there be any consolation let it be that even when we couldn’t see, we still believed.
We love you, Tim, Gaye, and Eric
Amen, again and again.
Oh, Lisa, such a beautiful prayer! It touched my heart deeply!
Hope you don’t mind, but I may copy this to my site!
I’m so sorry Lisa & Eric’s family. I’ll be praying.
Beautifully written Lisa. I have been so touched by this family and am lifting them up in prayer. Thank you also for their family picture ~ Blessings
Moving post, beautiful words… You put in words what many can’t or want to express in such a time as this…
on this day three years ago we lost a dear friend…your post struck my heart to its very core…
I will copy this post of yours…it is absolutely beautiful and said in words more eloquent than I ever could.
praying for the family…
praying for peace and believing…
beautiful post of honor to your beatiful LORD in the midst of “unsparing pain”
praying for this precious family Romans 8:26
Amen, come Lord Jesus!
Oh Lisa, you are so good with words. I am teared up as I read this. Thank you for getting the picture, I am honored to share it with anyone who wants it. I have been holding on so tight to my kids that Ross is getting mad at me. He wants me just to leave him alone but I just can’t. Bro Luke was just a blessing to everyone there yesterday. I love you both!
Praying for this sweet family. My heart aches for their loss.
Your post is just beautiful!
I am so sorry for these family I pray for there healing.marina
What a beautiful post. I’m so sorry for their loss—I’m just catching up on your blog.
You truly have a gift. Your words encourage so many people.
What a beautiful expression of the truth. Thank you for sharing that prayer and for your obedience to the call to praise Him in all circumstances. Praise God that we have hope!
Amen Lisa. Amen and amen.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. (Psalm 116:15)
Hugs & Prayers from Texas,
im glad to know that when i have no words to express how i feel in this kind of situation…i know someone who does.
Amen again…Come Lord Jesus!
I’ve been praying for this family since you posted it earlier. That photo is gorgeous. Your letter says so much.
Beautiful expression of faith and love. Beautiful prayer.
Praying for them as well.
I’m so sorry about the loss of your sweet young friend–
Amen. Amen. Amen.
My thoughts are with you all, the friends and family of Eric. And most especially for Tim and Gaye.
All my love and prayers from across the ocean…