There’s substance that’s casting these shadows
There’s reason behind all this pain
All gold is made pure by refining
And plants cannot grow without rain
He’s promised to hold you and keep you
He’s told you that he’s always there
His Word says He’ll never forsake you
Or test you past what you can bear
So trust in Him all through this darkness
Hold fast to the truth of His Word
Be certain of His gracious promise
And rest in Christ Jesus our Lord
For one day all pain shall be broken
Renewed shall be joy that was lost
All death, pain and fear have been conquered
Because of His death on the cross
~Amy Calderone, 1992 – 2011
On January 17, 2011, our family lost a dear friend and a very special babysitter. Amy suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on December 14 and spent her last several weeks in a coma.
Amy was a young woman with a great depth of faith. She demonstrated her longing for heaven through her songs and poems, which have ministered to the lives of many…especially my children, who were just 11, 9, and 6 when their babysitter of eight years unexpectedly went to be with the Lord.
Oh how I needed this encouragement from this young saint over these past few months! Amy is now celebrating in the presence of the God she worshipped, free from pain and grief. One day, we too will be set free from our trials. For some of us it may be during this lifetime. For others, it may not be until that day.
Grief, anger, anxiety, confusion, and unexpected joy are all emotions we experience when we live with someone with hidden disabilities. Often, I can experience each of these emotions in a single day (sometimes, even in a single hour!). The Bible addresses these feelings in differing ways. But the one common theme throughout the Bible is the fact that these emotions are temporary. Revelation 21:14 reminds us that He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
Let us all strive to live in light of THAT day.