Well, the month of February was all about skipping dates here on the "joyful" blog. We were either busy, or not busy and boring, or maybe just not all that joyful. The middle to end of February brought some devastating events to people we love.
One of our favorite teachers and people has been battling lymphoma for a couple of years and received the news on Valentine's Day that she is out of treatment options. They have given her 6 months to live. She has a daughter in high school and another daughter getting married in September. Her name is Jackie and she has shown nothing but amazing faith and courage. We pray for her every day.
A childhood friend of mine lost her grandfather in December. Then, very suddenly, she lost her father in January. And now in February, her grandmother has also passed away. The waves of grief her family is experiencing is relentless. We are especially praying for my friend's mother, Hope, who lost her mother, father and husband all within 3 months.
And then this weekend we celebrated a new marriage at a beautiful wedding for a family that is dear to us in so many ways. The star of the show by far was the sweet little 15 month old Tucker. So full of joy and life and dancing up a storm. Tuesday night, Tucker met Jesus face to face. We are so broken hearted for their family. Tucker's parents are Nathan and Amy and they need prayers for the days ahead for them. I simply cannot imagine what they are going through.
The good news is that we serve a risen Savior, not one who is still in the tomb. Which means we grieve and pray with a hope and a promise that God is in control of all situations. We know that this world is only our temporary home and we are promised one day to live in a place where there will be no more sadness, no more death and disease. A place where we will be reunited with grandparents, mothers, fathers, and yes, even our babies. A place where there is no sadness, only joy everlasting. Hallelujah, praise God from whom all blessings flow!