Brooke Cooney is a pastor's wife, mother of two, and foster-mom of one. To capture the eternal in the everyday, she blogs about family, faith, and lessons along the journey at ThisTemporaryHome.com.
Mother's Day 2012 was bittersweet. The month of May brought much heartache to family and friends through the loss of two beautiful women. One a grandmother the other a young mother. As my heart aches for the families grieving I pray for answers to questions and new challenges that these women's absence continues to bring.
The pain of death is surely felt by the undeparted.
I was reminded that God is a parent that outlived His son. God the Father did not spare His own son, but gave Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins. We cannot rush through this fact: God. sent. His. son. to. die.
We anticipate reunification with our loved-ones in death because Jesus died and rose again. His resurrected body is reunited with God the Father as our's will be with those who have gone before us into heaven.
As a result of Jesus rising from the dead He is restored to not only the Father, but to all mankind as well. Further, those who place their faith in the cleansing blood of Christ Jesus will be reunited with family and friends in heaven who are of the same conviction and belief.
Bible verses preached at the grieving absent the Holy Spirit seem dull and lifeless. However, with the Holy Spirit, God's living word soothes our anxious grief-stricken souls--if even moment by moment. God's well of mercy has not run dry nor shall it til Christ returns. He promises He will comfort us; both parent and child.
When a child dies before his or her parent, or when a child looses their parent, the Trinity is familiar with this pain and will give us all that is needed to walk through our tragedy and loss (Romans 8:32). If Mother's Day is a day of grief for you this year due to the loss of a mother or child I pray God's peace and blessing on your soul. May the God of all comfort comfort you in your time of need (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). Those who mourn shall indeed be comforted (Matthew 5:4) both in this life and in eternity. Harder days may lie ahead but you never walk alone.
Home is indeed a place called heaven. Perhaps you are more anxious to arrive now that you know more familiar faces await you...He has already wiped away your loved one's tears.
Photo by my friend Hannah F.