When Hope and Healing Hurt

So recently a friend of mine passed away. His name was Steve. He was 39. He left behind a wife, Gayla and 3 young kids…Joseph (8), Hanna (6) and Karleigh (4). He battled Cancer for the last 2 years. Boy, did he battle! He fought the good fight and indeed finished the race. He lived and died well.

I babysat for Gayla’s sister in law the week before he died. Her mother recently passed away from Cancer as well. We had a conversation about the tension we live in as citizens of Heaven. Her mother was desiring to go to Heaven, but she was sad for the family she was leaving behind.

Losing loved ones is never easy, but if we are in Christ, we get to have an eternal perspective that the world desperately needs. This perspective brings us and the hurting world around us encouragement like nothing else can.

We are made for Heaven.

“…but our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:20

No matter how comfortable we are here, here is not home. It was never intended to be home. Our 80, 90 or 100 years here on earth pale in comparison to the length of eternity. Here, is preparation for there. The lives we live, the fruit we produce, the souls we impact, all carry eternal weight. In our every day, this truth brings joy. But, when we’re faced with the loss of a loved one, there is a bit of sadness attached. That’s okay. God can handle our sadness or anger or confusion. All He desires is that we lay that at His feet and allow Him to work in our hearts in order to gain His perspective.

 

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Worship Wednesday…Set Me Ablaze

“Set me ablaze, set me ablaze
Till it’s all that I know
Set me ablaze, set me ablaze
So I’ll never grow cold
Set me ablaze, set me ablaze
Till it’s all that I know
Set me ablaze, set me ablaze
So I’ll never grow cold

Breathe, come and breathe
On the coals of my heart
May Your fire start
Breathe, come and breathe
On the coals of my heart
Keep me burning
Breathe, come and breathe
On the coals of my heart
May Your fire start
Come and breathe
On the coals of my heart, oh
Set me ablaze, set me ablaze
With a single obsession
Set me ablaze, set me ablaze
With an endless passion
Set me ablaze, set me ablaze
With a single obsession
Set me ablaze, set me ablaze
With an endless passion
Breathe, come and breathe
On the coals of my heart
May Your fire start
Breathe, come and breathe
On the coals of my heart
Keep me burning
Breathe, come and breathe
On the coals of my heart
May Your fire start
Come and breathe
On the coals of my heart, oh
Your fire, burn brighter
Deep inside my heart
Consume me, reach through me
I want all You are
Your fire, burn brighter
Deep inside my heart
Consume me, reach through me
Your fire, burn brighter
Deep inside my heart
Consume me, reach through me
I want all You are
Your fire, burn brighter
Deep inside my heart
Consume me, reach through me
Set me ablaze, set me ablaze
Till it’s all that I know
Set me ablaze, set me ablaze
So I’ll never grow cold
Breathe, come and breathe
On the coals of my heart
May Your fire start
Breathe, come and breathe
On the coals of my heart
Keep me burning
Breathe, come and breathe
On the coals of my heart
May Your fire start
Come and breathe
On the coals of my heart, oh”
By Jesus Culture
Sung by Bryan and Katie Torwalt

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