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August 13, 2011

Only God...

could make something so sad, so sweet! Could turn such a seeming tragedy into a magnificent triumph of His glory!



This week I was privileged to attend the funeral of a dear friend's sweet 8 year old boy .... not privileged because he's home with Jesus of course but because of the glimpse into the kingdom we were all given. Caleb was diagnosed with a brain tumor almost 2 years ago and in the interim those of us who knew the family were able to pray, weep, fast, and sing together, claiming healing for him.... on Aug 3 he was fully healed! The service was absolutely amazing and a testimony to God's goodness even in the midst of uncertainty and pain. His family of course will miss him dearly but were able to tell story after story of how God worked through Caleb's short life. To point others to Jesus even in the midst of their own sorrow....

It's hard to put into words how beautiful things were ..... all the songs sung were perfect, God's presence was palpable in the midst of the service. At the cemetery we were all given balloons and at the end of the short time there everyone let go together into the breeze and started clapping .... I will forever remember the sight of those multicolored balloons sailing heavenward and away .... a full heart, a perfect tribute to a wonderful little boy who loved life, family, parties, legos and telling others about Jesus.


Only the Lord could take the pain and sorrow, the why questions of what many would deem such a "short" life and make them into something so beautiful. As another friend said " that was the happiest sad day of my life!" ....






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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." .... Jeremiah 29:11 (esv)