We have been so sad this weekend, thinking about our friends who had to say good-bye to their sister-in-law. She defeated a long battle with cancer and is now rejoicing in heaven.

But for those left behind, it’s so hard to understand. Why would a mom have to leave her husband and children, who are only 10 and 6 years old?

We live in a fallen world full of sickness, disease, crime, disaster and death. Bad things happen. But we do have hope. We have hope that there is more than this. We have the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

I don’t really know what to say today, but I keep thinking of the words to this song by Mercy Me.

You’re in a better place, I’ve heard a thousand times
And at least a thousand times I’ve rejoiced for you
But the reason why I’m broken, the reason why I cry
Is how long must I wait to be with you

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place
Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
I’ve never been more homesick than now

Help me Lord cause I don’t understand your ways
The reason why I wonder if I’ll ever know
But, even if you showed me, the hurt would be the same
Cause I’m still here so far away from home

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place
Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
I’ve never been more homesick than now

In Christ, there are no goodbye
And in Christ, there is no end
So I’ll hold onto Jesus with all that I have
To see you again
To see you again

And I close my eyes and I see your face
If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place
Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow

I’ve never been more homesick than now

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