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Sunday, November 13, 2011

For Haley


Sometimes things happen that make me wonder what is God doing? I don't mean this disrespectfully. I am just saying that sometimes things just don't make sense to me ... here ... on this side of heaven. Life here hurts sometimes so much it is hard to bear. And it is in those times that I have to dig deep and trust in a God who is all love and all powerful and believe that He knows what He is doing. And I go back and cling to the words of a good friend who once, when I cried out to her asking, "Why?" answered in a soft voice, "God is Sovereign. His ways are not our ways." 

 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
   neither are your ways my ways,”
            declares the LORD.
 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
   so are my ways higher than your ways
   and my thoughts than your thoughts.
” 

(Isaiah 55:8-9)


This week the daughter of some friends of ours lost her battle to cancer. Even though I did not know her personally I know her parents. She has the same name as our own daughter and was close in age, and it is just not in the right order of things. Parents are not supposed to lose their children. I ache for her parents, for her sister, for her family and close friends. It does not seem fair. And it hurts. And yet ... still ... I do believe this is not the end. I have hope in a future where every wrong will be made right. Oh, long for that place.

 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4)

8 comments:

Carol@HouseandHomeDefined.com said...

Dear Sherri. I will pray for your hurt and that of the family to be eased. I am so sorry for that tragedy. But I do believe, as you, that there is a time and a reason for everything. I hope someday it makes sense. I cannot imagine that hurt. Xx

barb cabot said...

I share in your pain. It is a huge and terrible loss for the family and friends. May the family find comfort in knowing their daughter is safe in the arms of God. I share deeply in this loss of such a young person.

Sherri Cassara said...

Thank you Carol. I cannot imagine it either.
Barb ... Yes! I do know they find comfort (as do I) in knowing that she is safe in the arms of God. Thank you.

17 Perth said...

Oh Sherri--I am so sorry. I love how you said "this side of heaven"...and yes, this side can be so hard. Even though I do not know them, I will be praying for them. I agree with Barb, I pray that the family finds comfort in knowing that she is now with God.

Lynda said...

Sherri, I love the way you were able to put into words what we are all feeling for the family..i know Cathie and joe would feel comfort from your words.

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Unknown said...

Sherri, I'm sad to hear of her passing. Lynda has shared the family's journey with me. I also want to comment on your writing and on Sundays in particular. You have a wonderful way of expressing your faith and sharing it. It is inspirational and food for thought! Hope you are well!