He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:9
After a morning spent at church, talking about the power of God and how he is worthy of all our praise, I came home to the news that the mom of one of my best friends has died. Death is a black hole for me. It takes away all of my thoughts, or my ability to process thought. When I try to comprehend its meaning or the effect that it has on this life, I'm left with mush in my brain--no clarity or cohesion, just a void.
I wonder how my friend and her wonderful family will live out the next few days, weeks, months. I wonder how they will cope with their grief. I wonder if the heart can heal from the sadness of separation. I wonder how her mom's "shoes" will be filled. She was a rock of a strong wife to her husband and a jack of ALL trades for her five (now grown) children. She was a witness to the joy of the Lord in each day that I knew her. She will be missed tremendously.
And yet, God is more powerful than even this. He saved Kaye from her sins and promised her everlasting life, through the power of Jesus' sacrifice for her life. So "good-bye" changes to "see ya later," pain to anticipation, and sadness to joy. How else than by the power of an Almighty God can the mush and void that comes with death be transformed in to clarity and fullness of life?
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.