Singing to Your glory, we praise Your name
if for only just a short time here on earth.
Though departed, our hearts remain forever yours. The memories sustain as pain fills in the voids. God calls his followers, one by one, and we will ascend to be with Him. Tears flow as we gather in praise. Our love pours out; we know where you are…
Remains are “dust to dust” on earth but the spirit rises to do God’s work. Sins are no more and misgivings uncounted. You now look at the present – where do you turn? Boxing up legacies, the past life is in the attic; holding on to keepsakes as though you might return. Letting go is not an option.
Our souls are witness to the every heartache we endure. My God, where are you? Scurrying back to church, you are comforted by the congregation, praying for His work. But the sermon leaves little to be desired as you realize it was warmer in your car. Invited to lunch, you decline. Searching for a sign, you know it won’t be in a restaurant. Meandering home, the check engine light comes on. Okay Lord, what’s going on?
Limping into the garage, you put the car in park and hang up your coat on the hall tree. The quiet is deafening but you feel a peace. This is your sanctuary. The three of you laughed, cried, loved and will forevermore carry on the memories. God, though, will never alter his plans for you. Plans do change but there’s still a purpose of which you serve, even amidst the immense pain.
Laying down for a nap, you begin to pray. You automatically reach for your significant other but a pillow is all that remains. You drift off to sleep seeking that which only He can deliver.
By early next morning, unaware of the time, you awaken by a cardinal sitting on the window ledge. He is pecking on the glass; your prayers are heard! Only a cardinal could bring the message of hope; for behind the curtains were the glasses you couldn’t find. And all the while, you thought your spouse misplaced them…..
Bible: Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
Bible: James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
“Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” ~ Drew Barrymore
The cardinal is symbolic of the living blood of Christ. Both cardinals and blood have long been symbols of everlasting vitality. “By His blood we are freed from sin to serve the living God, to glorify Him, and to enjoy Him forever.” It is symbolic of life, hope and restoration. They come to remind us, that though circumstances might look bleak, dark and despairing, there is always “hope”.