It's all a matter of stress hormones and stuff like that.
Whatever. I don't want Barbara to go through that.
Death is a part of life. I've buried friends. Too many, but you don't always get what you want in this life. I've learned that life does indeed go on.
And I want life to go on for Barbara, after I am dead. I want her to have joy and bright days and feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment that are unshadowed.
And above all, to feel God's grace.
Sure, she'll mourn. That's to be expected. But mourning has to have an end.
God did not intend for us to be crushed by sorrow, or worse, the sentimentality that turns the transition from this life to the eternal one into a kind of tragedy.
I'm not saying she should say, "Whoop-te-do, he's in heaven!" That's silly; it's a childish theology.
After all, Jesus wept at the death of Lazarus.
But I earnestly pray that my wife will be held by God in her grief, and that like a rainshower, the grief may move on.
And like that rain, that it, and my life, may water the soil of her future, bringing out new green shoots of hope.
(Please pardon the brevity of this post. I have the flu. We're linked with Kate Motaung's special post on 'Best Books Of 2016', but I can't for the life of me remember what I read.)
I have another blog, "Starting The Day With Grace". The focus is a grace quote from someone you might not expect (like, say Mick Jagger) and a short commentary. I hope you'll join me.
Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
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