I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness
—Jeremiah 31:3 NIV
I look into my father’s eyes and see that he does not understand me. He is slipping away from me. There is nothing I can do to keep him close. I try once more, and nothing makes sense to him. The pain of loss grips my heart. If he realized his own loss, he would be devastated. I’m thankful that he doesn’t know, and that is the peace you have given him.
Loss brings grief. It should bring us closer to you, Lord, but many times grief pushes you away. Grief, even with a broken heart, can bring the sweetest peace when surrendered to you. You wait with open arms for that moment you are beckoned—you constantly wait for the realization that you alone are the answer. And then in yielding all that wearies, you come without hesitation to carry and comfort.
You walk with me in the pain of loss each day, Lord. Even with a grief that often heavily weighs on my heart, the pain is never too much because of you. Nothing would make sense to me without you. Surrender is where I find you. It is where I lay down my struggle, and have rest in your purpose for my life. You love me with an everlasting love. You are the reason I walk in peace in this season, and the next and the next.
© 2017 Lynn Lacher