“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” Isaiah 42:1-3
I have a friend who is stronger than me. She has been through hell and back, and her faith is strong. Like, really strong. I’ve seen her deal with a lot of hard crap over the last few years, and her trust in the Lord has not wavered.
Today her mom died.
We’ve known for weeks that this was coming soon, but it doesn’t help the pain. She’s hours away – but I really want to wrap my arms around her and hug her till she can’t breathe.
L, if you’re reading this, I love you. You’re stronger than I could ever be. You have faced this challenge with grace and elegance, clinging to the Lord in a way I deeply admire. You have my deep love and appreciation, and I’m blessed to be your friend.