As God gifts us with a child, He opens a Mother’s heart in an indescribable way. A love once unfathomed, now is birthed. It is a love that serves as the closest thing on earth to the Father’s love for us.
But it leaves a Mother with her heart tender and unprotected. An easy target for wounding. The protective film that once existed, now has been torn away.
Our world may be divided on many things, but I believe almost all of us come together in our conviction that a mother should never have to bury her child. It’s just not the way it should ever go.
And it’s every Mother’s worst fear.
But our worst fears do happen. The “should never happen” happens.
When it does, how will we get through? Will we have unshakable faith? Or will we turn away forever? Will we believe God is still good and God is still love? Or will we be consumed by anger and bitterness.
On Labor Day, my friend lost a part of her heart. She lost her sweet boy in a tragic accident. One that makes no sense at all. At only 14 years old, his life was cut short.
The unthinkable happened to this Mama who loved so big. Who,prior to this had already suffered difficult and deep injustices. Her story echoes of the story of Job. Loyal, faithful, good. And yet she has lost so much.
And as hundreds of people reeled from the news, they wrestled with God and grappled with their faith.
But then, this brokenhearted Mama stood as a warrior refusing to let the enemy use death to divide Jesus from His people. With her words she stopped the enemy in his tracks.
“They say that when you become a parent, it’s like a part of your heart is now outside of your body. Part of my heart is now in heaven in the arms of my Savior. My sweet boy, Joseph, died tragically yesterday and is now in his true home in heaven. The grief is unimaginable … the sorrow constant. I do not know how a a mother survives such a loss.But I do know that God is still good. God is still faithful. God is still loving.
Thank you so much for your prayers, your words of love, your supportive messages of hope. Know that I treasure and read each one of them, even though I cannot respond at this time. If you are able, please include a Bible verse in your comments … the Word of God gives me such strength and hope. “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” -Psalms 16:11
She chose Jesus. And in that moment, her unshakable faith was a witness to every single one of us. It made the wrestling stop and the soaking in of hope begin.
Only God alone could put hope into these kinds of moments. Only God is victorious over death. And only through God are we victorious over death.
Friends, this beautiful woman has continued to share her unshakable faith. Her strength is testimony to a God Who is still good. Who is still faithful. And Who is still loving. Through this she has restored and strengthened hope for many. Where fear tried to rise, hope instead continues to prevail.
The morning of Joseph’s celebration of life, she posted this:
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 … Praying for those who are far away from Jesus to be brought closer through the witness of Joseph’s celebration of life today.
On Saturday we did celebrate his life. A life that had and will continue to have a ripple effect on the lives of many. A life that in only 14 years, filled hearts with joy and love. A life that pressed into Jesus for answers. For hope. For love. A life that pointed to the God who redeems.
With words I know are not even adequate here in this space, all I know more to say is that Liane is my hero. She has worked so hard to stay above ground and support her children. As an elementary teacher in a Christian School, you can imagine the tight parameters of her budget. On behalf of her and her young daughter, a GoFundMe page was created. The outpouring of love has been profound. But you know what? I would love more than anything to see even more outpouring. An outpour of love that cannot be denied as any other than the power and love of Christ.
In case God moves your heart to reach out to this family, the link is here. If not, that is certainly okay, but would you still lift this mighty woman of unshakable faith, her daughter, and all of Joe’s family and friends in prayer? There is also a place on the GoFundMe page where you can leave a message of hope.
Lord, I pray for hope. I pray that each person reading this feels Your presence. May they be strengthened in their faith. May it be an unshakable faith. In Your holy Name I pray. Amen.
This week, my friend, Ifeoma Samuel at Purposeful and Meaningful, wrote a post that reflected unshakable faith. God always works in those ways that feel as though He’s tapped us on the shoulder as if to say, “I’m here. I’m in this.” In her post, How to Trust God in Difficulties, she wrote of the story of Job. Yes, the Job I’d mentioned above in reference to my friend. Her post spoke to my heart and I pray it speaks to yours.
Friends, your hearts of love and acts of encouragement are simply a blessing. Thank you for being you. I am thankful for each of you!
I look forward to the posts that God will direct here this week. I love that each week, I have the most difficult time choosing just one to feature. Over and over again, hope shines brightly through your words. I pray God will use each post to speak hope into the life of another. I pray He will bless your words and with them give hope where it may be losing ground. May you each be encouraged to know that your voice matters.
And, just so you know …
I’m so glad you’re here. ♥
What I ask of you:
1. Share only one URL (to a blog post, not the actual blog) that resonates with the topic of HOPE. Anything that gives us hope for tomorrow. Hope for victory. The little things and the big. Anything that inspires us to lean into Jesus and let Him carry us through.
2. Important: If you don’t have a blog post or podcast that resonates with HOPE, join in other ways as you pray and encourage others with a comment or a prayer.
3. Leave a comment on the link just before yours. Would you love on them well? Encourage them in their efforts to share the hope of Jesus. If you have time, stop by more than one sweet writer’s little corner of the blog world!
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