I experienced heart wretching grief this month. I lost a dear friend who had been a client at my resource center for many years. I had seen her fight through so many obstacles and trials most of us would have never made it through. She had the fiercest and purest love for her children. She would deny herself everything to give them what they needed. I have questioned why and asked God so many questions around his reasons for allowing these children such incredible pain. The hopeless and complete emptiness was swallowing me up as I struggled with my grief. Then as I opened his word. I read this verse and it felt like someone had rubbed an antiseptic ointment over my wound. In Isaiah 25:8 he says this ” He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it.”  When I feel like she was overlooked and failed by systems set up by man I know that now she is safe and cared for in heaven. Her scars are gone and she is peaceful and happy. He has victory over death. He is a good good father and is capable of redeeming her death and providing peace and comfort to her family and all who love her.

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