Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Encouragement from a friend.

One of my dearest friends wrote this to me in response to the struggle I had on Easter (see here).  

"Those longings about your clothes point to something much bigger than your clothes.  And, it feels most appropriate that you mourn and feel this aching dissatisfaction as you celebrate on Resurrection Day.  There is a work Christ has yet to do.  He has yet to come back and resurrect those we love--to give Ashlynn a new body..."

I wanted to share because this gives me great hope, not only the reminder of Christ's work, but the reminder that even the way I felt  and the things I was ashamed to even mention point to the heart of Christ for me and for Ashlynn. It also makes me feel "normal" and validates the life of Ashlynn and the pain that resides in her absence.

I like these lyrics from "Come to Jesus" by Mindy Smith:
Oh, my baby, when you're cryin'
Never hide your face from me
I've conquered hell and driven out the demons
I have come with a life to set you free

Worry not my daughters,
Worry not my sons
Child, when life don't seem worth livin'
Come to Jesus and let Him hold you in His arms

More often than not, I feel bad for feeling bad.  But Jesus came and is coming again to make it all right.  May the darkest of nights drive me to His embrace as I rest in the freedom He gives and wait for His return.


klarsen said...

Beautiful. Thanks for shring. xxx

My Life as a Mom said...

Love the song. Don't ever feel badly about sharing.

Lisa T said...

Thanks to both of you!

Karin said...

I understand what you mean about wanting to feel normal and validate Ashlynn's life. I really like what your friend wrote about there being work left to do...it's a neat way to think of this part of God's plan.

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